It's coming in 2010. Scratch that. How about 2011? Oh shucks, that's impossible, too. Let's shoot for 2012. BYD Auto constantly alters the U.S. launch date of the electric e6 crossover. But this latest bit of info should relieve us of reporting further delays.

When BYD announced its U.S. scheme, the automaker claimed retail sales of the e6 electric MPV would start no later than December of 2010. Now, BYD is saying that its primary focus is on fleet sales, particularly of its electric eBus-12.

BYD says the e6 is constantly delayed because the U.S. lacks a sufficient charging infrastructure, even claiming that California doesn't have enough infrastructure. So, why won't we have to report further e6 delays? Because Micheal Austin, BYD's U.S. vice-president, told Bloomberg, "We still have ambitions to jump into the consumer market, but until the infrastructure issue is solved, why would we?" Given that the BYD can now declare the problem "solved" any time it pleases, we expect it not to do so until the e6 is ready.


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      Edge
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I read the title, I laughed out loud, and said "Yeah, right.". What is this company's problem! Warren Buffet better pull his investment out. I think the Nissan Leaf did not pass by the BYD e6, but ran it over.
      SpeedyRacer
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a lame excuse. Most people charge in their garage at night with their own EVSE. LEAF is selling just fine with whatever infrastructure is out there. Let's not talk about how BYD sales and profits were way off even while China's auto market was exploding. Their cars were being rejected for quality problems by Chinese consumers. They talk a good game but their quality would set new lows if they brought their products to the US.
        Ele Truk
        • 5 Hours Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        I've talked to several Leaf owners who haven't even installed an EVSE! They are happy with charging using 110. No infrastructure is a bogus excuse. The only places there isn't electricity, there also isn't a market for EVs.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL. BS. I always sucked at sports. When I was a kid, and I didn't catch a ball, I said, "Aww, man, the sun was in my eyes!" It worked until one day some other kid said, "We're inside, dumbass!"
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah. Just like Hydrogen, you can't find electricity *anywhere*!
      Andy Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      The chinese don't even want to buychinese cars, so there isn't much hope.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ter? Add it to your Queue! BYD Starts Sales of E6 Electric Car to Individuals in China Q By Bloomberg News - Oct 25, 2011 9:03 PM MT BYD Co., the carmaker partly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., began selling its all-electric E6 to individuals in China today as it seeks to lead the country’s market for alternative-energy cars. The E6, which has a range of 300 kilometers (188 miles) per charge, has a sticker price of 369,800 yuan ($58,200), BYD said today in Shenzhen, where it is based. Buyers in the southern Chinese city will qualify for as much as 120,000 yuan in subsidies, according to Li Ganming, a deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission’s Shenzhen branch.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Only Yuan 369,8000 (plus Y90,000 reg, insurance and "on roads"). And a "can't resist', magnificent subsidy or Y 120,000 Wonderful argument ! Very cheap ! Should be a best seller!...... Oh, just one thing, could you please tell us the average cost of garaging a car in Shenzhen, Oh, sorry to bother you with another tiresome query , but could you tell us the average income in Shenzhen? You seem to have forgotten these details in your sino-phile enthusiasm?
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        $58,200? You can buy two i-MiEVs for that! Reduce the range to 100 miles and slash the price.
      EV Now
      • 3 Years Ago
      We can't be fooled as easily as Buffet apparently was.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EV Now
        Buffet proved that his prior policy of investing in what he understood was the correct one. He was hyped.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      See! It's all our fault. They were completely ready to go. 50,000 cars a month. But, no. Maybe, next year, maybe. IF we're ready. That'll teach us to want their vehicle. Now let's all get that infrastructure in place. Or else...
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some people are obviously not used to telling the truth (and frankly some reporters could ask better and persistent questions). Each house in California is wired with 220V. If the e6 lives up to its (latest) 186 mile range claim (It actually might if fitted with 60kWh battery), it needs less infrastructure than any electric that is sold in the US or currently planned to be sold (with the exception of the top spec Tesla S's).
      Arun Murali
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that this car's price became too close to entry level Model S, after importing to US. This is probably why its delayed.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a complete BS excuse. The only infrastructure needed is the charger that people put in their own garages. BYD is embarrassing themselves by making up such a transparent excuse. Just admit that you are not ready for the market. Nissan isn't whining about a lack of infrastructure.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Agreed. The real reason is that they're not ready yet, they've still got "issues", probably with cost, or a design flaw, or maybe they don't yet meet US safety standards. Then they've still got to ramp up production and set up US distribution. Or maybe the slow sales in China have made them nervous.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lack of charging infrastructure in the U.S. Compared to what? The vast Chinese charging infrastructure. What a lame excuse. Until BYD can crack their own Chinese market, they shouldn't bother with other countries.
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