Has Warren Buffett got it right?


Warren Buffett has been pushing BYD’s wheelbarrow for some years and now the BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV uses China’s iron-phosphate batteries, with Buffett’s blessing.

The Chinese electric car specialist BYD has revealed one of the most powerful plug-in hybrid SUVs in the world, called the Tang. It can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds putting it into supercar category and at the same time uses 2.0 liters of petrol per 100 km.

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If that isn’t enough, there will be an even faster Tang Ultimate Edition which can do the 100 km/h dash in 4.4 seconds – one tenth of a second faster than the V8 Cayenne Turbo. That is getting serious power to the ground.

The BYD battery pack is an advanced iron-phosphate battery that allows the vehicle a range of up to 80 km in electric driving mode before it needs the petrol engine.

The 18 kW/h battery can even act as a household emergency power supply, providing up to 3 kW of electricity at 220 volts in a blackout.

Backed by American billionaire Warren Buffett whose Berkshire Hathaway investment company holds a stake of almost 10 percent in the Hong Kong-based tech company, BYD is one of the world’s largest producers of batteries for consumer goods such as laptops and mobile phones.

The BYD Auto spin-off is China’s 15th largest car-maker and producer of the top-selling EV in China, the BYD Qin.

The plug-in hybrid has a 152 kW/320 Nm turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine and two 150 kW/200 Nm electric motors for a theoretical maximum power and torque output of 376 kW and 720 Nm.

The Tang has one electric motor driving the front wheels and another at the rear for a form of all-wheel drive.

The petrol engine is hooked up to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission developed in house.

Tang comes in four driving modes – all electric, full electric/petrol power (Sport), range extender and front-wheel-drive hybrid.

BYD’s home city, Shenzhen, in Guangdong Province, is the latest major city to cap registrations of fossil-fuel powered cars in a bid to tackle choking pollution and traffic jams.

BYD may just have the market correct for the times in China. Warren Buffett is a savvy chap!