BYD e6

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The BYD e6 is a compact crossover featuring an all-electric powertrain. Launched in April 2008 at the Beijing motor show, it was the second pure-electric car developed by the Shenzhen-based carmaker (the first is the ill-fated F3e, introduced in November 2006). The 2011 model, called Pioneer, boasts a driving range of 300km on one charge.

In May 2010, 50 e6s started to run as taxis in Shenzhen in a demonstration program. By the end of February 2013, the e-taxi fleet in Shenzhen grew to 800 units. As of December 2013, the e6 taxi cabs are employed in several other cities, including Hong Kong, London, Baoji (Shaanxi), and Shaoguan (Guangdong).

After several delays BYD announced the general release of the e6 on October 26, 2011. The price before subsidies and incentives is 369,800 Yuan for the Premium version 309,800 Yuan for the Luxury. According to BYD, a total of about 1,900 units were delivered in 2012 (China Passenger Car Association counted 1,690 units).

The e6 has been involved in two highly-publicized accidents, which drew attention to the safety of EVs in general. On May 26, an e6 taxi burned after being hit by a speeding Nissan GT-R, killing the driver and two passengers inside the EV. In June 2013, a fast charger for e6 taxis in Hong Kong exploded due to overheating.

1,544 sales were made in 2013, and 3,560 in 2014.

2016 BYD e6 all-electric (BYD e6 400) Deluxe Elite Premium
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan, before subsidies and incentives) 309,800 330,000 369,800
Date of Release
Late October 2015
Powertrain
Battery Type
LFP
Battery Capacity (kwh)
82
Electric Motor
–Peak Power (kW)
90
–Max. Torque (Nm)
450
Electricity Consumption per 100km (kwh)
Suspension Front
Double wishbone, independent, with anti-roll bar
Suspension Rear
Double wishbone, independent, with anti-roll bar
Drivetrain
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/solid disc
Braking Energy Recovery System
S
Top Speed (km/h)
140
City/highway Combined Driving Range (km)
400
Charging Time under 220V
220V Charging Device
S
S
S
7kW Charging Box
O
O
O
40kW Charging Box
O
O
O
Steering
EHPS
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4560
Overall Width (mm)
1822
Overall Height (mm)
1630
Wheelbase (mm)
2830
Track (front/rear, mm)
1585/1560
Turning Radius (m)
5.65
Curb Weight (kg)
24200
Seating Capacity
5
Trunk Volume (L)
450
Exterior
Tires
225/65R17
Alloy Wheels S S S
UV- and Heat-proof Windows S S S
Halogen Headlights S S S
Rear LED logo, Rear Window Defroster, LED Rear Lights and Brake Lights S S S
Front Fog Lamps S S S
Heated Exterior Mirrors S S S
Power-folding, Power-adj. Exterior Mirrors N S S
Interior  
Cruise Control S S S
CAN-BUS S S S
Intelligent Key S S S
One-touch Start S S S
Power Windows S S S
Power Door Locks S S S
Leather Steering Wheel N S S
Auto Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirror N S S
Steering Wheel Multi Controls      
Leather Seats S S S
Power Front Seats N S S
Number of Speakers 4 9 9
Radio/CD Player/MP3, AUX, USB S S S
DVD, GPS N S S
Digital Auto Air Conditioner S S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S
Dual Front Side Airbags N S S
Side Curtain Airbags N S S
Front Row Seatbelt Pretensioners and Reminders S S S
EPS S S S
EPB N S S
Electronic Anti-theft System S S S
Child-proof Door Locks S S S
6 Parking Sensors S S S
Parking Camera N S S
Right Front Blind Spot Detection Device N S S

S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not available

For pictures and specifications of 2012-2015 BYD e6, please click here.