Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD‘s Indian subsidiary on Monday rolled out its all-new e6 model, seeking to tap India’s emerging electric mobility market.
BYD India Pvt Ltd said in a statement that the model, which comes with an ex-showroom price tag of Rs 29.6 lakh (about $40,000) and is fitted with a 71.7 kilowatt hour (kwh) blade battery, will be available in the business-to-business segment.
The e6 gives a worldwide harmonized light vehicles test cycle (WLTC) range of 520km (city) and a WLTC (combined) range of 415km on a single charge. The motor offers a torque of 180 Nm and a top speed of 130km per hour, the statement said.
The launch came on the day Indian business daily Mint reported quoting unidentified officials that a flurry of global automakers are planning to roll out a host of electrical four-wheel models in the country.
Kia and Renault Models Too?
The report said four-wheel models, including the e6, Kia’s Soul EV and Renault’s hatchback Zoe EV, may be launched in India soon.
“We are delighted to launch the all-new e6 to achieve India’s electric revolution goals with our premium green technology. We believe this could be a perfect and a strategic time for BYD India to surge in key markets across India. We strive to surpass local customers’ expectations and I am confident that the all-new e6 and more product portfolio in the future will certainly achieve this,” the statement said, quoting BYD India executive director Ketsu Zhang.
BYD India was set up in 2007 in Chennai and has an office in New Delhi. BYD’s Indian arm has two factories, covering more than 140,000 square metres, with a cumulative investment of more than $150 million, the company stated.
The business covers mobile components, solar panels, battery energy storage, electric buses, electric trucks, electric forklifts, chargers, plus rail transit. The group aims to give customers not just “product solutions”, but after-sales services also, it said.
- Jim Pollard