AkzoNobel has become the global refinish partner for new energy vehicle manufacturer BYD Auto Sales Company, currently the world’s leading seller of electric vehicles. The company has been a recommended supplier of vehicle refinishes products and services to BYD in China since 2017. The new deal means that agreement will continue, while extending the partnership to serve BYD’s bodyshops and approved repairer networks worldwide.One of these tools will include the recently launched CO2eRepairCalculator – the vehicle refinishes industry’s first repair system designed to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions. It’s part of a new initiative which aims to encourage bodyshops to become more sustainable.Other digital solutions being provided include MIXIT, AkzoNobel’s leading digital color identification and retrieval application. Meanwhile, the company’s Wanda brand will continue to be supplied in China, with plans to supply Sikkens and Lesonal globally.Originally a battery maker, BYD now has more than 1,180,000 new energy vehicles in operation, having been ranked first in China’s electric vehicle sales for six consecutive years (2014 to 2019).