Octopus Electric Vehicles, the car rental unit of British energy supplier Octopus Energy, has committed to buying 5,000 electric cars from BYD over the next three years under a partnership agreement signed by the two companies, the Chinese automaker announced Monday. BYD’s Atto 3 compact five-seater crossover, also known as the Yuan Plus in China, will be the first model supplied by BYD, and available to customers in the UK under a car leasing program. This comes just days after the Chinese auto giant began selling the Atto 3 and announced plans to open four dealerships in the country within the month. The company plans to produce electric cars on the continent as early as 2025. Possible locations include Germany and France, the Financial Times reported Sunday. [BYD announcement]