Thursday, July 25, 2024

North Korea's first electric car is just a BYD with a different logo

North Korea will no doubt claim that the Madusan EV is both developed and built in the country. But the car is nothing more than a BYD Han with a different logo.

What do Danish drivers have in common with those in North Korea? Both groups have the opportunity to buy a BYD Han.

At least theoretically. Those North Koreans who may have Korean cards can now buy a Madusan EV. Nothing but a BYD Han with a different logo.

Even though the car was neither designed nor built in North Korea, the management on the Korean side is already making a big effort to tell that the car is superior to competitors such as Tesla.

That's what Autodrive writes.

READ ALSO: Company behind Danish car business lays off 250 people

Incidentally, it is not the first time that the regime in North Korea pays off by getting others to build them a car. Or pays is actually as much said.

Because in 1974 the communist dictatorship stole 1,000 Volvos. The cars were well delivered in connection with an agreement worth 600 million kroner at the time. The North Koreans just 'forgot' to pay for them.

And that oversight has continued ever since. Even though Sweden has sent reminders to the regime in Pyongyang every year since then. The Swedish state paid for the cars in the first instance, so that Volvo did not lose out. But since then, North Korea's debt has only grown and grown… and grown. Read more about it here .

Whether the BYD Han alias Madusan EV will be a success in North Korea, the outside world will hardly have an answer, as the country is known to be notoriously closed to everyone else (except perhaps the Chinese).

Then it is immediately better with the openness in Denmark. Here figures from De Danske Bilimportorer reveal that BYD has not had a single 'Han' out on the Danish roads this year.

Read more exciting news from and about the world of cars right here!

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