Here come the Chinese plug-ins
China is the key player in the future of the auto industry
There has been a lot of hype around BYD for the last several years, yet sales of BYD plug-in vehicles have been non-existent in China so far. In fact, BYD had to recently shelve a few EVs sold in China due to lack of sales.
Still, another focus of BYD has been the US market, and BYD is set to bring a number of new offerings to the North American International Auto Show.
BYD’s “Three Green Dreams” will showcase its plug-in vehicles with solar panels and battery storage solutions, highlighting the company’s plans to help build a renewable future, but let’s get back to the cars.
The E6 Premier is a new, sporty five seat electric crossover that offers 186.4 miles of electric range and a top speed of 87 mph using BYD’s Iron-phosphate battery technology. According to GreenCarCongress, “It takes 40 minutes to fully charge the e6 on a 100 kW fast charging cabinet and 6 hours to overnight-charge the e6 on a 10 kW standard charging pole.”
BYD will also show off two plug-in hybrids, or range extended vehicles. The latest edition BYD F3DM offers about 38 miles of EV range and another 313 miles using gasoline, and includes a solar panel on the roof that helps charge the battery. Additionally, the BYD S6DM 4-wheel drive SUV offers 38 miles of EV range and more than 310 miles of extended range when using gasoline.
No official word on when these vehicles will hit US dealerships, but more details should emerge at NAIAS.