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The "BYD" in BYD Autos stands for Build Your Dreams, and this Chinese company is dreaming big huge. BYD is bent on becoming the world's largest automaker, and in order to achieve that goal, it's launched a series of ambitious projects that it hopes will reach the streets before larger, well-established carmakers. At the Detroit Auto Show, BYD stepped onto center stage with plenty of interesting product, including the world's first dual-mode plug-in hybrid. The F3DM was released in BYD's home market earlier this month, and in Detroit it debuted the world's first production plug-in hybrid crossover, the e6. Both vehicles could hit the American and European markets by 2011, but for the time being, they're only available in China.

As we told you last month, all of these impressive developments have been made possible with the help of a $230 million investment from Warren Buffet. The e6 features BYD's "Fe" battery which receive a 50% recharged in a claimed ten minutes. Granted, the remaining 50% requires another hour or so, but half a charge is good for about 125 miles, which should ease customers' range anxiety. The e6 has a simple but pleasant shape and adequate room inside, so if the price is right, it could attract a broad demographic of buyers -- and that's what BYD is counting on. Check the e6's press release is after the jump.

Live photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.


2009 BYD e6

As the latest star in a rapidly expanding portfolio of green, high-tech products, the all-new BYD e6 electric vehicle is being unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The five-passenger e6 will be marketed as a family-oriented crossover vehicle.

The pure-electric e6 features BYD's revolutionary battery technology - what we call the Fe battery. The range per charge is expected to be a remarkable 249mi (400km). Performance is surprisingly brisk, with 0-60mph (0-100km/h) acceleration in less than 8 seconds and a projected top speed of 100mph (160km/h).

The Right Size
What sets the e6 apart from other pure electric vehicles are its size and performance. With current battery capacity limited, most other manufacturers have elected to focus on small, lightweight EVs that stress efficiency over performance and range.

BYD, as a young brand with a rich history of IT development and cutting-edge battery R&D, has the drive and extroverted personality to take an unconventional approach and manufacture cars that embody the company's slogan, Build Your Dreams. That's the spirit and underlying philosophy behind the e6.

The high-tech e6 boasts the exterior dimensions of a typical American family vehicle, with ample interior space that provides substantial legroom and headroom for passengers, plus a generous luggage compartment. The e6 measures 179.3 inches (4554mm) long, 71.7 inches (1822mm) wide and 64.2 inches (1630mm) tall.

Convenient and Eco-Friendly
The pure-electric e6 is environmentally friendly, eliminating toxic emissions and greenhouse gases while driving. BYD's new Fe battery takes this "green" philosophy a step further: All chemical substances used in the battery can be recycled.

And while the range of many electric vehicles is restricted by their battery capacity, making it inconvenient to travel long distances, the BYD e6, with its high-efficiency Fe battery, can go up to 249 miles (400km) on a single charge. That makes the e6 suitable for daily commutes, around-town chores and even long journeys.

The Fe battery pack in the e6 can be quick-charged to 50 percent of itscapacity in 10 minutes, and 100 percent of its capacity in 60 minutes.


Length in (mm)
179.3 (4554)

Width in (mm)
71.7 (1822)

Height in (mm)
64.2 (1630)

Wheelbase in (mm)
111.4 (2830)

Curb Weight lb (kg)
4453 (2020)

Output hp (kw)
268 (200)

Torque lb-ft (Nm)
406 (550 )

Range mi (km)
249 (400)

0-60mph Acceleration (sec)
< 8s

Top Speed mph (kph)
100 (160)

Recharge Time (quick charge)
50% in 10min

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      • 6 Years Ago
      See I always thought the first chinese vehicles would be cheap small ones. Now that I see china is release cutting edge technologies right off the bat I have to lay some doubts on this whole concept of americans being on top.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can you actually buy a Chinese car in America yet?
      I'm serious not a special vehicle like some you see on E-bay but a true Chinese Auto Manufacture with a dealer network and stuff.

      I don't understand why they wouldn't blackout the trim around the window, I know its aesthetics but it makes the car look really cheap. Design is pretty derivative too, but its a good try.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmm. The Camry and Accord are pretty derivative, too.

        Didn't Mitsubishi have something that looked like this about 15 yrs ago? Colt... or something. Dowdy then, still looks dowdy. But hey, I drive a hatchback too, so I can't really say anything... like anything else, I'll reserve judgment until it shows up on a street corner around me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to know witch one of the new coal fuled power plants will be supplying power to the BYD plant in China! Every month China builds 2 new coal powerd power plants, each polluting the equivalent of 2 million passenger cars pr year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. So many chinese in here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Judging by the way comments are ranked, your ignorant ass is the minority here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how when the complaint of copyright infringement is not available people resort to other utterly pathetic excuses like one of the first comments on how the steering wheel looks like it was copied. gimme a break.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At this point, it's just amazing for anyone to build a plug-in hybrid for the masses. So what if it comes from the US, Japan, or China? I'll admit I've been critical of Chinese cars in the past, but at least this car seems to be well-built. One can only hope the price is right. If push comes to shove, I'll take this (or Volt, or Insight, or Fusion or even Prius) over the Fisker, period.

      For those of you bellyaching over the car's origin, you'll be happy to know that the state of Oregon is trying to get BYD to build a factory in their state.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wtf Warren Buffet? That was a dick move. Why not put some of that 62 billion of yours into US investments, you know, the country that made you who you are today.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why not put some of his wealth to work in the US? The vast majority of his investments this year (and in all previous years) were in US companies. In fact, by dollar amount his BYD investment is pretty tiny, but that's because it's cheap to invest in a small Chinese car company that doesn't have billions in obligations.
        Quit being retarded, Buffet's just trying to invest in the future and a lot of the future is going to be from China. Yes, today there's still junky copying going on, but if you really believe that 20 years from now that'll still be the case you're an idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's so terrible about Buffett, an American, buying ownership in a Chinese company? China is a growing market, and everyone wants to be positioned to profit from its growth.

        Would the world be a better place if Americans could only invest in America, and Chinese folks could only invest in China?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Civic front end + minivan back end + hybrid plug it = GENIUS!

      It will sell like hotcakes.....everywhere but North America.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ha, are you serious? you born on a farm? The USA owns things in this world you'd never dream. Buffet is one of the largest stake holders in BYD now. if BYD becomes huge, buffet will own all of that. The same way how Goldman Sachs owns Sanyo. You know one of those japanese companies that sells electronics and batteries... I think it's brilliant of Buffet to make a move like this. Now if only some rich foreigner can buy up american owned junk - like chrysler, volvo, saab, hummer.

      Are you sad that nobody wants to invest in your lazy, incompetent, worthless ass?
      • 6 Years Ago

      "Detroit 2009: BYD e6 is *third* world's first production dual-mode plug-in hybrid crossover"
        • 6 Years Ago
        So what are the other two on the market right now?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, yes I did. My bad!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alright, all of your above comments show poor judgment - just because it is made in China. I see overtones of racism.

      Yes, we are all very weary of the Chinese knock-off Automotive industry, but this one seems to be something different. At least it doesn't resemble any other manufacturer's car (at least on overtly) and it is built and designed in China.

      And it's supposedly a Hybrid. And that's a good start! It's good if it's coming to the States in 2011, by that time they'd have some performance figures from China, where it's already on the market.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Racism may be too strong a word (for the most part) - it's more like ignorance, arrogance, and prejudice.
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