China's BYD to start selling electric vehicles in Japan next year

FILE PHOTO: People visit the BYD booth during a media day for the Auto Shanghai show

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD will start selling battery electric cars in Japan next year, marking its entry into Japan's passenger car market, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The Shenzhen-based auto and battery producer, which includes Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway as an investor, held a brand conference in Tokyo and announced plans to start selling a small all-electric battery car called the ATTO 3 at the start of next year, followed by two additional EV models later in 2023.

The move comes as part of BYD's current push to establish a presence in the global marketplace.

It has already started selling electric cars and plug-in electric hybrids in markets around the world, including Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Brazil, Costa Rica and Colombia.

(Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)