TOKYO -- BYD Co.'s Japanese division said on Monday it would start selling its first battery electric vehicles in the country early next year, as the world's largest EV maker further steps up plans to either sell or make vehicles available across major markets.
China's BYD, partly owned by Berkshire Hathaway, said it will roll out an electric crossover, the Atto 3, in Japan starting Jan. 31. The car has a cruising distance of 485 kilometers and will cost 4.4 million yen ($32,735.66).
In comparison, Nissan Motor Co.'s electric Leaf standard model has a cruising range of 322 kilometers and costs about 3.7 million yen.
BYD's Japan arm is planning to introduce two more models by the end of 2023 and more than 100 dealerships in Japan by the end of 2025, the company said.