To mark the company’s foray into the electric vehicle market in India, BYD has introduced the all-new e6 multipurpose electric vehicle with an asking price of Rs 29.6 lakh (ex-showroom). The car manufacturer says the new MPV would be available not for sale as a passenger car, but for the Indian B2B sector.
Since 2007, BYD has been in India. Based in Chennai, BYD operates two Indian plants that produce electric busses and trucks, as well as mobile components, solar panels, and energy storage of batteries.
The new e6 MPV comes standard with a 71.7 kWh Blade Battery, which according to the carmaker can provide a city driving range of 520 kilometers on a single charge under WLTP ratings. It can create a peak torque of 180 Nm, powered by an electric motor of 70 kWh, and deliver a top speed of 130 km/h.
BYD states that both AC and DC fast charging facilities can recharge the electric MPV e6. It also states that in just over half an hour the MPV may be charged from 30% to 80%.
Ketsu Zhang, the executive director, BYD India, said, “We are delighted to launch the new e6 to achieve India’s electric revolution goals with our premium green technology. We think that this can be a terrific and strategic time for BYD India to grow in major markets throughout India. We strive to surpass local customers’ expectations and I’m confident that the new e6 and more product portfolio in the future will certainly achieve this.”
“We are incredibly pleased to finally deliver our globally tested all-new e6 to the Indian market,” said Joshi Shrirang, Head of Electric Passenger Vehicle at BYD India. Focusing on safety, reliability, interior space as well as economic viability, we feel that the All-New e6 will be a hit in the Indian B2B market”.
Joshi added that BYD is focusing on improving the driving experience “with some of the best-in-class features both in terms of driving comfort and interior features.” “Our customer and segment, in general, will benefit enormously from the total cost of ownership. We will develop more product ranges, thrilled to be part of the Indian EV revolution in the future,” stated Joshi.
BYD has stated that the new e6 electric MPV would be available in key metro areas such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad as well as other cities such as Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, and Kochi at an ex-showroom price of 29.6 lakh, which also includes the cost of a 7kW charger.
BYD e6 is given also with a 3 year or 1.25 lakh km warranty, 8 years or 5 lakh km battery cell warranty, and 8 years or 1 1⁄2 lakh kilometers traction motor warranty whatever is the earlier one.
Currently, Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova Crysta, Renault Triber, and Mahindra Marazzo are dominating the MPV sector in India.
BYD to increase prices of lithium battery cells
Recently, BYD had announced that it is increasing the prices of its lithium battery cells by at least 20 percent from next month i.e., from November 1. The rise in the price of lithium is because of the price hike in the raw materials for lithium batteries in 2021 and the price of the cathode material LiCoO2 rises by more than 200 percent and electrolyte prices rise by more than 150 percent.
The material supply chain continues to rise to lead to an increase in comprehensive costs.BYD will need to up the price of its battery cells to compensate for its own comprehensive price increases.
The BYD and its customers will sign a new contract for new orders and implement the new prices and the old contract orders that are not yet completed will be closed and canceled.
It had also announced that it has sold 68,018 battery-electric buses worldwide which helps to eliminate 114,947,040 tons of CO2 emissions, 1,836,432 cars worth of emissions, 80,160 tons of nitrogen oxide, 23,805,600 lbs of diesel particulate matter according to the transportation govt calculations.