Recharge Wrap-up: di Grassi breaks lap record, man dies near Tesla charger

BYD Leads World's Largest Bike Ride; PDX Installs 42 EV Chargers

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Lucas di Grassi has set a new lap record at Donington Park during Formula E testing. A day after Daniel Abt set a new record with a lap time of 1:30.250, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport teammate di Grassi lapped Donington in just 1:29.920. "I have to say that going for the time is not as important as working on the reliability of the car," says di Grassi. "Of course working on the performance is important, but we know that performance here doesn't necessarily translate to what we will see at the other tracks." Di Grassi's lap time was followed by Sebastien Buemi and Bruno Senna, who were second and third fastest, respectively, on the fourth day of testing. Read more from Formula E.

A private contractor has died near a Tesla Supercharger. At a new installation in Norfolk, VA, a worker was found dead Tuesday morning, a day before the charging station's scheduled opening. While it appears that the man may have been electrocuted, investigators are still waiting on official word from the medical examiner. The opening of the new Superchargers has been delayed. Read more from 13 News Now.

The Portland International Airport (PDX) has added 42 electric vehicle chargers to its long-term parking lot. Instead of installing fast charging stations, PDX went with PowerPost 120-volt Level 1 chargers. Being in the long-term area, cars are typically parked for longer periods of time, making the slower charging times a non-issue. Furthermore, the lower price of the Level 1 chargers allowed PDX to install more of them. Read more at Green Car Reports.

The BYD e6 was chosen to lead Thailand's "Bike for Mom" ride. The event was organized to celebrate Queen Sirikit's birthday, and to encourage citizens to reduce their carbon footprint (which is where the e6 electric crossover fits in). The ride took place across multiple Thai provinces, setting a Guinness record with 136,411 participants. The BYD EV led the main event in Bangkok. Read more in the press release below.

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BYD e6 Leads World's Largest Bike Fleet at Thai Royal Celebration Bangkok

The BYD e6 electric crossover was chosen to lead the Thai royal celebration "Bike for Mom" - the largest bike fleet ride in the history of Thailand – at the celebration's main event in Bangkok on August 16.

This bike riding event took place simultaneously in different provinces in Thailand. Even Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was amongst the nearly 300,000 people who signed up for the ride. According to the event official website, this number is likely to set a new record for the largest bike fleet in the Guinness Book of Records.

The BYD e6 leads the Largest Bike Fleet at the Thai Royal Celebration.

There were two celebrations in Thailand on August 12: Queen Sirikit 83rd birthday and the country's mother's day.

The "Bike for Mom" event was officially organized to celebrate the queen's birthday, as well as encourage people to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle. Prior to the event, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, along with the Thai cabinet minister and another 3,000 civil servants participated the riding practice.

The BYD e6 was selected to lead the bike fleet on the event day because, as a pure electric vehicle, it goes perfectly with the event theme. This demonstrates the determination of the Thai administration as well as the royal family to develop and promote new energy vehicles. Hopefully, people will soon be seeing more BYD new energy vehicles running the street of Thailand.

The Largest Bike Fleet

BYD ranked on top of global new energy vehicle sales in June and July this year. The company's electrified public transportation solutions – chiefly the K9 pure electric bus and the e6 pure electric taxi – have been running in over 150 cities in 36 countries worldwide. In March this year, Thailand's Loxley Plc. went into partnership with BYD to launch an Electrified Transportation scheme and introduce the K9 bus and the e6 taxi in Thailand. Bus companies, government departments, car rental companies and hotels in Thailand are likely to purchase BYD new energy vehicles in the near future.

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