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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Electric Cars

BYD was once the biggest China battery maker. But the owner of this company is not contented with that line of business. They had improved their battery manufacturing and they never wasted their time and get into the new world of electric cars and plug-in hybrids. It all started with the F6DM plug-in hybrid sedan, followed by the smaller and less expensive F3DM plug-in hybrid compact car.

Now BYD Auto has introduced its E6 electric car at the Beijing International Auto Show. It takes the shape of a crossover, or MPV, and will be built on the F6's platform (same as the F6DM, which could be sold in Europe by 2010). E6 specifications are as follows:

· 5 seater

· with an acceleration of 0 to 100 kph of around 10 seconds

· Top speed should be top speed of 160 kph (100 mph)

· the battery pack, which is located under the rear passenger seats, will be based on BYD's own lithium-ion iron phosphate technology. Range per charge is expected to be 300 km (186 miles)

Moreover, BYD Auto projected that the battery had a life of 2,000 cycles, for a lifetime range of about 600,000 km (373,000 miles). Can you believe that? Plus smoke free and thus environmental friendly!

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