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Byton sets annual output at 150,000 EVs
Reuters | 2018/6/15

FRANKFURT -- Future Mobility Corp., the Chinese parent company behind electric car startup Byton, has placed an order for a paint shop capable of handling 150,000 vehicles per year, German supplier Duerr said.

Byton, the Chinese newcomer headed by the former head of BMW's i8 program, has already released plans for a premium electric crossover, the latest in a series of China-backed electric autonomous prototypes.

"Duerr is building a paint shop for FMC's Byton brand in Nanjing, China, for 150,000 cars per year," Duerr said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that this was one of the largest orders it had ever received from an EV manufacturer.

Byton has financial backing from Chinese state-owned carmaker FAW Group and the country's dominant battery producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

Byton opened a North American headquarters in Silicon Valley in December and has announced it is working with Aurora, an autonomous driving company founded by Chris Urumson, the former head of Google's self-driving cars program.

Byton is also working with auto suppliers Bosch and Faurecia SA on powertrains, braking systems and interiors.

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