Chinese maker of electric car e6 may have more

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DETROIT (AP) — The Chinese automaker BYD Co. that plans to sell an all-electric crossover vehicle in North America by year’s end says it may expand its lineup in coming years.

Fred Ni, a general manager with BYD, said Tuesday at the auto show in Detroit that the China-built crossover dubbed the e6 will be “very affordable.” He declines to disclose the price, but says it would be comparable gas-powered cars of similar size.

BYD plans to use partnerships to establish a dealer network, but locations and other details haven’t been finalized.

BYD started out building conventional cars. In 2008, it became the first automaker to launch mass production of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle — the F3DM — that’s sold in China and can be charged off a standard home outlet.