BYD E6 Spotted out Road Testing – aka the GM Volt Killer

Published September 14, 2009

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BYD Auto, Headline, Spy Shots | CCTSeptember 14, 20093:52 pm

The BYD E6 full electric sedan was recently spotted out testing near BYDs headquarters in Southern China over the weekend:

The E6 is Chinas first mass produced fully electric car and threatens to kill off the Japanese dominance on the electric car market, as well as being strong competition to any upcoming American efforts, namely the Chevrolet Volt.

The E6 is essentially a pure electric AWD crossover vehicle that uses BYDs ET-POWER iron based batteries which has helped BYD to keep the cost of the E6 to around 200,000rmb ($30,000USD) when launched, these batteries will also be able to charge up using a regular 220V electrical outlet, and will also be able to use a 3C fast charging station which will fill the battery to 80% within 15 minutes, which is good for 300km of travelling, and will power the E6 upto a top speed of 160kph, it wont be no couch potato either with it hitting 0-100kph within the 10 second barrier. The BYD E6 measures 4554mm 1822mm 1630mm (LxWxH) and has a wheelbase of 2830mm. The interior looks large and comfortable, although the dashboard certainly seems to share more than a few lines with early models of the Toyota Prius.

A final launch date has yet to be announced, but it is expected to be on the market in 2010 but will most probably be available in limited numbers for consumer testing in late 2009.

In comparison, the Chevrolet Volt is expected to cost $32,000USD after the a $7500USD government subsidy and will travel a mere 40 miles on its own electric juice before needing to use its 1.0L gasoline engine.

The BYD E6 is the future, we are going to see more and more of these pure electric cars with amazing features coming from China in the next few months. Nearly every Chinese auto maker has a fairly comprehensive green action plan that they are filling with cash to make tomorrows cars.


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  1. Anthony says:September 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I am finding all this EV talk interesting. Of course at the mo it is all talk, for example how can BYD using old fashioned Iron batteries travel 300km on a single charge when similar technology from european / US makers cannot manage more than 100km? I am not saying they are lying, but I would like them to prove it! In fact, the sooner they do the sooner they could clear up!


    • Ed says:September 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

      a.) BYD is far more advanced than all the American and European companies, they are the biggest rechargeable battery maker in the world. and b.) this isnt just some old iron battery. They developed this new technology and it is cheaper and a lot safer (wont exploded) than normal batteries.


      • dragin says:September 15, 2009 at 9:15 pm

        But Ed, building batteries and building cars are not the same. It takes time to acquire the technology to produce a car that is reliable, durable, handles well, and provides all around safety for its occupants. Im afraid it will be a while before BYD gets the skills needed to turn out a good car. But you have to give them credit for trying..


        • Ed says:September 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

          I didnt say they are better than the West at making cars, but their battery technology is absolutely outstanding and one of the best in the world.


  2. Matt says:September 14, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    This is fantastic news. China will lead the way with their cheaper R&D, America is practically finished.


  3. IS3FIFTY says:September 15, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Great news but its funny how these pictures smell like pre-launch propaganda:
    1. Ive never seen a mule being tested with full badging, branding etc
    2. why are the surroundings all blur? If these are true spy shots, why bother hiding the surroundings?
    3. how did they get the inside picture?


    • Matt says:September 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      Because who ever let them into the compound, or where the car was shot, is probably a secret.

      It often happens in Chinese spy pics, see the X-Bow spy threads from the other page.


  4. intensive driving courses says:September 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm


    That is very impressive not only on speed but the fact that it can be charged with 15 mins.

    This is the main problem other eletric cars are facing but if they can get round this barrier then i cannot see many of us staying with the conventional petrol car.


  5. Fernando says:September 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    it reminds me Fiat Stilo somehow


  6. EV Currents says:October 21, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Notice that 10 years ago GM had the EV1 that went close to 140 miles on a charge, looked very cool, was limited to 80mph, could be charged at home, and had to be practically pried from the leasees hands. Then GM takes these cars and instead of improving them CRUSHES them? Is their any other way the US could help the Chinese jump ahead?


    • MFB says:December 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

      I saw Who Killed The Electric Car. GM did! This time, it is the revenge of the EV – from China !!


  7. Beijing Rockstar says:October 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    The BYD E6 should be the standard taxi in every Chinese city.


  8. walter says:November 11, 2009 at 11:04 am

    great pics. thanks.
    BYD e6 should make a great taxi vehicle.
    Cant wait for the video test drive of the e6.


  9. Will says:December 9, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Invest in the future: BYDDF


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