Discussion in 'Other EVs' started by Domenick, Nov 21, 2017.

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  1. This may sound familiar: a Chinese electric vehicle startup, with staff from the likes of Tesla and other well-known auto manufacturers, will launch a new all-electric crossover and hopefully sell it worldwide, including North America.

    Yes, there are a number of companies out there that this describes. This one in particular is called Byton and it's a brand created by an outfit called Future Mobility Corporation (FMC), which sounds like the name of a company in a Phillip K. Dick novel, but I digress.

    They announced a planned factory early this year that would cost $1.7 Billion and produce 150,000 vehicles a year. They are about to open a US headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. and have operations in several Chinese cities as well as one in Europe.

    The largish crossover -- think BMW X3, Audi Q5 -- should have a (probably unrealistic for the US) range of 310 miles and, in China, costs about $43,0700 when it comes to (the Chinese) market in 2019.

    The production version will be revealed in January at the CES show. For now, this is the image making the rounds: Byton SUV.jpg
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  3. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    What, is the name "Dick" verboten on this forum?!?! ;)

    [Edit: That is D-i-c-k]

    I'm also a fan of the old "Dick van ****" show! (Oh-oh... two politically incorrect terms in that name! o_O)

    [Edit: That is D-i-c-k van D-y-k-e]
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  4. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Ohhhh kayyyy...

    I think someone needs to turn down the censor filters here, Domenick!

    There is or was a club chat room that I used to visit weekly which had a rather amusing censor-bot. The bot would substitute the word "rooster" for any appearance of the word "cock", even when it was in the middle of another word! There was one lady who was a regular there who had the last name Hitchcock, so her name always came out "Hitchrooster"! We had lots of fun with that. :D
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  5. Yeah, I noticed that this morning, but had to run an errand. Let's see if I can fix that.
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  7. Tom Moloughney

    Tom Moloughney InsideEVs Staff Subscriber

    I totally understand why members here would be hesitant to believe that BYTON is going to amount to anything. We've seen a few Chinese EV upstarts that have over-promised and under-delivered so far for sure. But I've been following BYTON for a while now because most of thier top management team are from BMW i, and since I knew many of them I've had some good access to what they are doing. BYTON is different. They have a fantastic team that know how to build cars and has connections with suppliers, they have funding and are building a state-of-the-art, modern factory. These guys have as good a chance to make it as anyone and I believe them when they say they will be in production before the end of 2019.
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  8. It's been some time since we heard anything about Byton. Sean Mitchell did an incredible job putting a video together that will get you up to speed and let you know what to expect from this "dark horse."

  9. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    I had completely forgotten about this startup. Thanks for keeping us updated, Domenick!

    I wish them every success. The more EV makers, the better!
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  11. Tom Moloughney

    Tom Moloughney InsideEVs Staff Subscriber

    The BYTON M-Byte on the streets of LA for the first time. Taken during Press Preview days at the LA Auto Show 2018
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