• Feb 4th 2010 at 2:55PM
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Now that BYD has permission to begin selling its all-electric E6 in China, it is wasting no time getting them out the factory door. If you want to take a ride in one, we suggest you travel to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and call a cab. It might take a few (dozen) tries but eventually, you'll (possibly) get one. Surpassing the early sales of its F3DM hybrid sibling, the Buffet-backed company has already delivered the better part of a 100-vehicle order to the Shenzhen Taxi Company Ltd., part of its strategy to press its 5-seater MPV into cab service and take advantage of a subsidy program offered by its home city meant to help ease the bite of a 300,000 yuan price tag ($43,940 U.S. at today's rates).

While the demand for full-size electric taxis in China may be grow quite strong as cities such as Beijing seek to replace gas-powered fleets, BYD must do a better job of engineering safety into their vehicles. Either that or become better at tamping down rumors such as the one that says an engineer with the company received a (non-fatal) shock and severe burns as he attempted to unplug an e6. Considering this, the E6's price tag and a previous description of the vehicle as being "half-baked", we are beginning to suspect the announced rollout in America later this year will either not happen or be remarkably unsuccessful.


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[Source: Alibaba / Sina Auto / iFeng]


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      • 7 Months Ago
      Should this site really be pushing unsubstantiated rumors like that?
        • 7 Months Ago
        Agreed. I don't want this site to degenerate into the gawker.com type. Wait until the rumor can be confirmed before spreading it, ok?

        With that out of the way, I'm sure the taxi service will really put these cars to the test. I'd like to see an update on how they fare after a few months.
      • 7 Months Ago
      I am sure that is one of the tamer rumours spreading about BYD cars in China.

      But in all seriousness, if that truly did happen then something is greatly amiss. Yikes!
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think this car is based on the toyota venza, look at the whole design! THATS A CHINESE COPY CAT AGAIN!
        • 7 Months Ago
        Close. It's a copycat of the 2003–2008 Japanese Domestic Market Honda Odyssey. Same wheelbase, almost the same length, a bit taller, exactly the same character lines and creases around the hood.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Its rumors like this that get misquoted on the daily news and then everyone is saying the same thing before they check their facts lol. Next thing you know someone is dead
      • 7 Months Ago
      Not really surprising that the BYD news is getting worse. There has been a rigorous debate about whether BYD would be able to build a battery pack for considerably less than the best prices seen so far, without needing to dump the batteries at below production cost. Now it looks like the car is pretty shabby and costs more than a Volt, which is no surprise considering the expense of a large, heavy (48 kWh best case-72 kWh more realistic case) battery, even if it has just a rudimentary pack management system.
      Short term (next 2-4 years) the Volt will work for 60-80% of the people that can afford it and the Leaf will work for 20-30% due to the limited range irritations. The IMIEV and the Electric Focus will adding interesting options soon, and there are plenty more on the way, but it will probably be a decade before battery packs get cheap enough to make a BEV a better option than an EREV for most people. I can't wait to see how fast EREV makers will find a way to make a smaller, cheaper, more efficient ICE than the Volts 1.4L.
      Bring them all on, any electrically powered car is going to be useful.