BYD to Start Selling the All-Electric e6 to Individuals at the End of OctoberSeptember 19th, 2011 | Posted in BYD | Electric Car | New Cars
BYD recently confirmed that the long-awaited e6 would finally be made available to individual buyers towards the end of the next month. As taxi cabs, a fleet of e6s, growing eventually to 50 units, have been on test run in Shenzhen for over 15 months. BYD claims that the combined mileage of the whole fleet exceeded 4.4 million km by the end of August and the most used unit had covered about 150,000 km.
The version to be released for individual purchases, coded e6B in development, will be a luxury edition of the e6 taxi, called e6A. Differences between the two will be limited to the non-essentials, as the electric powertrain and body structure will remain the same. Besides minor cosmetic modifications, the e6B will get additional, upscale features like power chairs, keyless entry, parking camera, digital TV, and bluetooth connectivity.
The price of the e6B is not revealed, although it is expected to be comparable to that of the e6A, which BYD sold to the taxi company for 299,800 Yuan per unit before the application of subsidies. As both the central government and city of Shenzhen offered 60,000 Yuan in subsidy for each e6A, the all-electric taxi costed less 180,000 Yuan to own, according to BYD’s numbers. Individual buyers of the e6 are expected to receive similar amounts of incentives.
Able to run 240-300km on one full charge, the e6, BYD claims, will have the longest range among all mass-produced pure-electric cars in the world.