It looks as if the dream of a Chinese-made electric car savior is in jeopardy. Responding to a poor showing in the first half of 2011, the Shenzhen-based BYD Automobile Co Ltd will reportedly lay-off up to 70 percent of its automotive sales division. Anonymous sources claim BYD will eventually reduce its sales workforce from its current 2600 to 800, with the first round of layoff claiming 1000 jobs. The Warren Buffett-backed automaker reported an 88.6 percent year-on-year profit decrease in the first half, with revenue falling 10.77 in the same period. Total sales for BYD during the first six months dropped by 23 percent to 220,000 units, leading to a market share decrease from 6.34 percent in 2010 to 4.69 percent. The number is a far cry from meeting the 800,000 units BYD was hoping to sell in 2011.