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China's BYD accelerates drive into India's electric car market

World's top EV seller targets rapid sales growth in South Asian nation

BYD India Senior Vice President Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, right, at the unveiling of the company's Atto 3 electric SUV at India's Auto Expo 2023.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD is revving up its focus on India, betting that a recent wave of car launches will tap nascent demand for battery-powered transport in the nation of 1.4 billion people.

Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, senior vice president for electric passenger cars in India at the Warren Buffett-backed company, told Nikkei Asia that he expects BYD's sales in the country to jump by 20 times in 2023 from 700 vehicles the year before.

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