The launch of BYD's plug-in vehicles has not gone as planned. The Chinese company's all-electric e6 has been delayed in the U.S. (in part because of a lack of infrastructure, the company says) and the plug-in hybrid F3DM did not sell well at all. In the recent past, profits tumbled and EV production plans were scaled back.

Still, the Warren Buffett-backed company is moving forward, and the e6 went on sale Wednesday to the public in China. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the car costs over 300,000 yuan ($47,166 U.S. at current exchange rates). That may be high, but BYD is still claiming impressive specs for its iron phosphate battery-powered car: a range of up to 186 miles in urban conditions and a fast recharge time of just 40 minutes using a 100kW fast charging station. Throw in a top speed of 87 miles per hour and some big government incentives to go electric, and we wonder if this could be the vehicle that turns BYD's dreams around.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Those battery specs are impressive . . . and that is the problem. They make the vehicle too expensive. Now it is fine that they have a 186 mile range version . . . by why not also offer a 100 mile version that costs $10K less?!?!? They need to do that or they will just continue to fail. Everyone wants a long range EV and we will get there someday. But it is just not economically feasible today. Such long range versions are fine for the Tesla Roadster and the Model S . . . but for an econobox looking car, it is just stupid.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yes exactly, especially with the 40 minute charge time, why would you need 186 mile range.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      a chinese bland dated looking EV for 47k$. it's just not going to happen. good range but with lifepo chemistry it takes so much battery that it becomes a battery transport and not a car. and a very expensive one at that. the key to EV success is lightness, good aerodynamics, strong performance with moderate range and quick charge capability. lean and mean. and of course look good.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Everybody is always complaining about range and cost, and then you have the Volt and then people complain about green purity :) This story seems very familiar, I remember reading something very similar about 2 years ago.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Few peoples there in china have a garage or a driveway to plug the car for long period at night or during the day.
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