BYD Becomes the First Automaker in the World to Stop Producing ICE Vehicles
Chinese automaker BYD has stopped producing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles becoming the first automaker in the world to officially say goodbye to combustion engines. Although many automakers around the world have laid their plans to do the same, BYD is yet the first to implement it. The company has confirmed it’s now producing only plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles.
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In March 2022, the final month of production of ICE vehicles, BYD produced 4,635 internal combustion-powered vehicles, compared to 52,565 ICE vehicles in the first quarter of 2021. It said March was a record month for its passenger vehicles, with 104,338 sold with its sales volume split almost evenly between PHEVs and EVs. BYD produced 287,530 “new energy vehicles” (PHEVs and EVs) during the first quarter of this year, a 416.96% increase on the tally for Q1 2021 (55,619).