BYD e6 Electric Cars Announce UK Arrival
More than 50 BYD e6 pure electric cars have arrived in the UK and will be going on trial with a number of fleet operators in the coming months. The right-hand drive cars were offloaded at Southampton docks and are in the process of being registered.
BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese car manufacturer and its e6 pure electric car has the longest range of any new electric car in the UK at 186 miles (300km). In the UK, they will be going into service with a number of fleets, including private hire operations that will allow passengers to experience them. The cars have been fully homologated for use on European roads.
Managing Director of BYD Europe B.V, Isbrand Ho said: “We are very excited with the arrival of our e6 pure electric cars in the UK. The e6 has zero tailpipe emissions, reducing air pollution, and also benefits from significantly lower running costs than conventional petrol or diesel cars. The model is well-proven, having driven over 14 million miles in key global markets.”
As the world’s biggest rechargeable battery manufacturer, BYD also has the largest global market share for cell-phone chargers and keypads. BYD branched out into the auto business in 2003.
Business magnate Warren Buffett invested $232 million to take a 9.89% stake in the comapny back in 2008. In March of last year, BYD and Daimler AG officially announced the entirely new EV brand Denza in China.