Making a presence at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, China’s BYD Auto displayed its all-electric E6 crossover for all to see. The company claims that it will go on sale in the United States in late 2010.
Seating five passengers, the E6 is powered by an electric motor that produces 101HP and 332 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to launch the car from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in less than 14 seconds with a top speed of 87mph (140km/h).
BYD says the car’s battery pack, which can be recharged from any household outlet, offers a driving range of around 205 miles (330km).
If BYD’s claim that the e6 will be released this year is true, then the Chinese are coming.
China’s BYD will Sell Full-Electric e6 to U.S. Taxi Drivers
While Chinese automaker BYD has the lofty goal of selling cars in North America, it will test the waters first by offering full-electric buses for transit use and a car for the region’s taxi drivers. Sales to the private sector will have to wait until the next several years.
The BYD e6 full-electric hacthback will be the source of the taxis. It is powered by a 75-kilowatt electric motor connected to a BYD-designed Fe battery mounted under the floor, allowing for a maximum driving range of around 186 miles in urban traffic and a top speed of 87 mph.
The model will initially be assembled in China and shipped to BYD’s North American headquarters in Los Angeles. It will undergo several modifications in order to comply with U.S. safety standards, but will look nearly identical to the Chinese-market version.
BYD S7 is a Carbon Copy of the Lexus RX
Does this crossover look familiar? Well, it isn’t a Lexus RX. No, it’s the latest offering from China’s copycat automotive industry. courtesy of BYD.
On the day the S7 hit the drawing board, not a single damn was given by BYD’s
plagiarizers designers. Aside from the front fascia, you practically have the exterior of an RX.
And here we thought the Chinese were changing their ways. Guess not.
2013 Lexus RX
Denza Electric Car Concept
Not much was revealed about the concept, but it does preview an upcoming production sedan that will feature an all-electric powertrain. Key highlights on the show car include ‘suicide’ rear doors and a rear passenger compartment that is said to have a lounge-like atmosphere with reclining seats.
The production model is currently undergoing testing and will go on sale in 2013.