Brit Liggett

China's BYD Auto to Debut 2 PlugIn EVs at the Detroit Auto Show

by , 12/30/10

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Environmentally friendly automobiles are popping up all over the place these days and BYD Auto of China is set to throw two more models into the mix at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. At the show — which takes place in mid-January — BYD will debut its e6 Premier all-electric crossover and its S6DM dual-mode plug-in hybrid SUV. These will be added to BYD’s electric roster, which already includes the F3DM plug-in hybrid which is currently for sale in China. The news floating around is that BYD has its sights set on entering the US plug-in market soon after the two new cars debut.

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The two new vehicles will sit alongside the F3DM plug in electric and their pure electric K9 e-Bus. Together they cover a range of electric personalities. The all-electric e6 Premier crossover features a BYD iron-phosphate “FE” battery and has an expected range of 186 miles and a top speed of 87 mph. The S6DM dual-mode plug-in hybrid SUV has an expected all-electric range of 38 miles and an extended range of 310 miles when the 2.0L gasoline engine is engaged — it also has a sun roof layered with solar panels to help charge the battery.

BYD Auto is a subsidiary of the much larger BYD Co Ltd which designs and manufactures rechargeable battery technology. They’ve announced also that at the Detroit Auto Show they’ll be showing some great “Green City Solutions” from their parent company including solar panels, home energy storage units and energy-saving LED lighting. BYD’s K9 e-Bus, a 40 foot long all-electric bus, will also be on display in Detroit. The bus has an expected 155 mile range and with 40 feet of space could fit a whole host of energetic school kids safely inside.

+ BYD Motors

Via Engadget

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