Chinese electric car manufacturer Byton stops production


Design boss Benoit Jacob presented the M-Byte at CES in January.

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Shanghai The corona crisis is putting Chinese electronics manufacturer Byton under pressure. The company, which was founded three years ago with ambitious expansion plans, announced on Tuesday that production would be suspended from July 1 in order to reorganize itself.

“The coronavirus pandemic posed major challenges for Byton’s financing and operations,” said the company, whose investors include state-owned automaker FAW and battery maker CATL. After consultation with the shareholders, the decision was therefore taken to launch a plan to reduce personnel costs and to strategically reorganize.

Byton is one of a series of newly founded Tesla challengers with which China wants to build its own electric car industry. The start-up from Nanjing was one of the few who was trusted to gain a foothold outside of China. At several auto shows, most recently at the IAA in Frankfurt last year, the management drummed for the M-Byte electric SUV, which is also to be launched in Europe in 2021.

In April, Electrek had reported that Byton had sent hundreds of employees on vacation to Santa Clara, California. Byton was launched in September 2017 by Future Mobility, a company co-founded by former BMW and Nissan managers.

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