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BYD Milestones
Traceless time always engraves our milestones.
Feb, 1995: BYD Company founded, with capital of RMB2.5 million and 20 members.
Sep, 1995: Company relocated from Buji town to the Sixth Science and Technology Industrial Park, with about 300 employees.
July, 1996: Received ISO9002 certification.
1997: Began manufacturing Li-ion battery.
Dec, 1998: Received ISO9001 certification.
Dec, 1998: BYD Europe B.V. founded.
April, 1999: BYD (HK) Co., Ltd. founded.
Oct, 1999: BYD Shenzhen Kuichong Plant set up and put into commission.
Nov, 1999: BYD America Corp. founded.
2000: Received UL certification.
2000: Became the first Li-ion battery supplier to Motorola.
Jan, 2000: Received ISO14001:1996 certification
April, 2001: BYD Korea Office founded.
2002: Became the first Li-ion battery supplier to Nokia.
May, 2002: Received QS-9000 certification.
July, 2002: Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Main Board (Stock Code: 1211.HK) with the highest issue price among the 54 H-share stocks in Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Sep, 2002: BYD Shanghai Plant set up and Shanghai BYD Co., Ltd. founded.
Sep, 2002: BYD Lithium Battery Co., Ltd. received "Motorola Excellent Supplier Award".
Jan 22nd, 2003: Purchased Tsinchuan Automobile Company Limited (now BYD Auto Company Limited).
May, 2003: Assets reorganized with Beijing Jichi Auto Mould, BYD Beijing Plant set up and Beijing BYD Mould Co., Ltd. founded.
June, 2003: BYD Xi'an Plant set up.
March, 2004: BYD Baolong Plant set up.
April 16th, 2005: First F3 comes off from the production line.
Aug, 2005: BYD Japan Co., Ltd. founded.
Sep 22nd, 2005: BYD F3 hit the market in Ji'nan, Shandong Province.
2006: First F3e, powered by Fe-battery, was developed successfully.
March 20th, 2006: BYD DENMARK ApS founded.
Nov 18th, 2006: BYD S8 first exhibited in the 9th Beijing Vehicle Exhibition.
Dec 5th, 2006: BYD Hungary Kft. founded.
March 6th, 2007: BYD Electronics India Private Limited founded.
July 30th, 2007: BYD F3R hit the market.
Aug 9th, 2007: First Business Sedan - F6 released in Shenzhen Pingshan Plant.
Sep 11th, 2007: BYD Electronics Romania S.R.L founded.
Dec 20th, 2007: BYD Electronic (International) Co., Ltd listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Main Board (Stock Code: 0285.HK).
Jan 3rd, 2008: BYD Finland Oy founded.
March 18th, 2008: BYD F6 hit the market.
Sep 2nd, 2008: BYD F0 hit the market.
Sep 27th, 2008: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, a unit of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. took an approximately 10% stake by buying 225,000,000 new H shares issued by Hong Kong-listed BYD at HK$8.00 (US$1.03) per share. The total value of the investment is approximately HK$1.8 billion or US$230 million.
Oct 6th, 2008: BYD purchased the SinoMOS Semiconductor (Ningbo) Inc. with approximately RMB200 million.
Dec 10th, 2008: BYD Solar Battery Project Opening Ceremony held in Shangluo, Shaanxi; BYD Shangluo Base founded.
Dec 15th, 2008: BYD F3DM, the world's first dual mode electric car independent of specialized charging stations, hit the market in Shenzhen.
April 22th, 2009: BYD's first multi-purpose vehicle, M6, first unveiled in the 13th Shanghai International Vehicle Exhibition.
May 2nd, 2009: BYD e6 and several other vehicles displayed at Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting.
May, 2009: BYD and Volkswagen (VOWG.DE) signed a Mou on EV and battery cooperation.
July 19th, 2009: BYD hardtop convertible S8 hit the market.
July 25th, 2009: BYD Auto Changsha Project started.
Oct 26th, 2009: G3 Vehicle hit the market.
Nov 10th, 2009: The contract signing ceremony of BYD Shaoguan Production Base Project was held in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province.
Mar 10th, 2010: BYD acquired Japanese mold factory from Ogihara Corp.;
Apr 15th, 2010: BYD donated 20 million yuan, 1000 quilts, and 1000 sets of cotton clothes to disaster-hit areas in Qinghai Yushu.
Apr 30th, 2010: BYD North American Headquarters founded in Los Angeles.
May 27th, 2010: Daimler AG and BYD signed a memorandum of understanding to develop electric vehicles for China.
Jul 20th, 2010: BYD's first multi-purpose vehicle M6 hit the market.
Aug 16th, 2010: L3 Vehicle hit the market in Beijing.
Sep 27th, 2010: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, his business partner Charlie Munger, and Bill Gates arrived at Shenzhen, and visited BYD's several industrial parks.
Sep 30th, 2010: BYD's pure electric bus K9 came off from the production line.
Dec 24th, 2010: BYD's e6 get its first license in Netherlands, that is, e6 formally enters into European market.
Jan, 2011: BYD's pure electric bus K9 went into trial running in Shenzhen and Changsha.