BYD e6 is an all-electric crossover car in production by BYD Auto. BYD claims its all-electric range will reach 400 kilometres (250 mi) per charge.
Electric power consumption: less than 18kWh/62 miles (100 km)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration in < 8 seconds
Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h)
Normal charge: 220V/10A household electric power socket
Quick charge: 50% capacity in 10 minutes
Range: 249 miles (400 km), the longest range of its kind in the world
BYD’s “Fe” lithium iron phosphate battery, which powers the e6, represents one of the company’s core technologies. All chemical substances used in the battery can be recycled. There are four different power combinations planned for the e6: 101 hp (75Kw), 101+54 hp (75+40Kw), 215 hp (160Kw) and 215+54 hp (160+40 kW). The two-motor options use front and rear engines, making the car all-wheel drive.
A range of 400 km and consumption of 18kWh per 100 km implies a 72 kWh battery pack, which will be the largest in any production electric car. BYD mentioned a smaller 48 kWh battery pack for the e6 at its debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.
The e6 features the latest body/frame-integral construction, with the battery pack well-protected in a specially designed safety cell that’s fully integrated into the vehicle.
The 5-passenger e6 will be marketed as a family-oriented crossover vehicle. The high-tech e6 boasts the exterior dimensions of a typical American family vehicle, with ample interior space that provides substantial legroom and headroom for passengers, plus a generous luggage compartment.
The e6 will be available in the United States in 2010 at a price just over $40,000.
As of December 2009, southern California remains at the top of BYD’s list of potential initial markets in the United States in 2010. Depending on market reception, BYD will then proceed to the San Francisco Bay Area market, followed by, in no particular order, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and Boston.