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This week in Beijing, BYD will unveil the e6, an EV crossover/MPV concept that looks a lot like the JDM Honda Odyssey. Unlike the Honda, however, the e6 runs on battery power only, with a reported range of 300km (186 miles) on a full charge. The battery pack, presumably lithium-ion, can be charged via a 220V household outlet or attached to a quick-charger that delivers an 80 percent charge in fifteen minutes. Performance-wise, the e6 is capable of acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mpg) in ten seconds and has a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). The battery pack is stored beneath the car's rear seats, a position BYD says provides the best protection in the event of a crash. According to the company, the e6 could reach production within two years. We'll keep an eye out for updates as the show gets underway next week.

[Sources: Autoblog Chinese, Autoblog Spanish]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It appears from what I read that 2010 is the magical year that many manufacturers are slated to launch EV's. I hope that happens and they are affordable, for the most part. I am waiting on buying another car because I don't want a Hybrid and don't want to pay the additional cost since it currently doesn't make sense. I can't wait for a fast affordable EV!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the way the auto industry is heading and it's encouraging. The pace will quicken as oil prices increase. I’m hearing predictions of $200/bbl or more by 2010 or about $8.00/gal retail in the US for regular unleaded. We’ll see..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Both Mitsubishi and Subaru are aiming for 2009, MiEV and R1e. Both are in fleet testing now.
      You read autobloggreen, dont you ?
      http://www.autobloggreen.com/tag/miev
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather wait and get the Tesla S sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bet these won't be coming to North America at all..
      • 5 Years Ago
      it is an exciting news, it is aboutely right that ev is the trend of the future auto industry .
      • 7 Years Ago
      I must disagree, mycomya, those specs sound reasonable and easily obtained with LiIon batteries and good engineering, considering that other EVs have already exceeded those specs.

      Tesla started production this year, and a few more plug-in makers will start production in 2009, and a lot more in 2010 and 2011. The electric revolution is underway!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ::It appears from what I read that 2010

      Again, 2009 is the promised launch year by two major manufacturers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is certain about Warren Buffet's purchased lithium- Iron- phosphate battery powered China produced BYD E6 manufacturer's rep claim of 294 mile driving range on one charge, acceleration less than 8.0 seconds to 60 mph, rechargable to 50 % in a few minutes with full charge in one hour, no excess heat production and no degradation after repeated recharges, said to be produced here in 2011?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice JDM Honda Odyssey headlights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Warren Buffet has a 10% share in the company that is producing the E6, a Chinese company called BYD. They are world leaders in Li ion battery production and that is where most of the cost of an EV is. BThe actual specs of the e6 arent as good as are being thrown around but the price should be around but the rumour is that in the UK at least the price tag will be around 20k. Coupled with the fact that the UK and USA government are offering insentives to purchase EV's (around £5k or $7.5k) the e6 looks very attractive and affordable
      • 7 Years Ago
      2010 is the magical year for autos. I think 2010 will be the best year for auto shows because all companies are showing there ev's and best technology
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