We are pleased to see a report about a test-drive on a BYD Electric Car e6. The guys at consumerreport.org had such chance on the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium, held in Los Angeles over this week. It seems that they got positively impressed, and let me quote: "Truthfully, it made a better impression than we would have expected.". Also, you may find of interest the last paragraph on their brief article, where they quote a price of about U$S 40.000, and availability -at least for fleets purchasing- at the end of 2012.
Another interesting fact is regarding BYD data on mileage. As part of the official specs, BYD e6 got a claimed range of 180 miles, as we probably all know. The e6 electric car used for their review had 55% of charge left, which -according to the onboard computer- was good for 105 miles. This would mean that at full charge, if things were linear, it would go for 190 miles, which in turn would indicate that the 180miles per charge is a rather conservative number.
It is very interesting to contrast the positive reactions of foreign (to USA) reviewers in BYD Electric Car reviews to the somewhat dark veil that local news and reviews try to convey when taliking about Chinese cars, and particularly Chinese Electric Cars (which in turn translates into BYD Electric Cars).. We are pretty much convinced that this difference in opinions that we sense is just a way of directly responding by the -rather oldish mind framed- car making industry in USA. We have nothing to do with BYD. We are not employees nor have even a single action from their company.
As we say in our forum, we are green concept enthusiasts, which, unofficially and on our own time, dedicate ourselves to gather and share usefull and positive information about what we belive will be a very needed step forward on the electric car dream, which we also believe that will be liderated by BYD Electric Cars because not only they got quite an experience and innovative design on their batteries, but also they master the mass auto making industry, wihch is a rare unique combination that in our opinion is guaranteeing success.
Please excuse us for the video's language: is produced by a chilean's TV Crew for a local Auto TV program. You can watch it even only as an excuse to see yet more footage of these exceptional Machines which are BYD e6 and BYD f3DM:
This video was posted today. It´s from the guys at Real Power Generators. The video depicts a BYD e6 being charged from a generator truck, through a custom charger adaptor from BYD. It seems, according to what the people in the video states, that it has been charging for 10 minutes at the time of the video, and charging was already up to 65%
Let's start by taking a good look at the picture above, from Reuter's latest article about BYD Electric car, published just yesterday. The picture itself is actually from January 2010 ... it even depicts the old e6 (before redesigning its front side and general interior revamping). Also please read the original REUTERS Report. Not a single bit of "new" information. The whole article is based on the idea that "there are problems ahead for BYD" and also they talk about an apparent "poor performance scaring off investors".
Really ? BYD e6 battery and performance testing, based on real-world results from their Shenzen taxi fleet experience where definitely positive and encouraging. So we can't help wandering: Where exactly do Reuters Agency get the idea and information, particularly the bit about low battery performance that can be read in their latest news article about BYD electric car ? We are baffled!
Is there any link to a corresponding supporting article or review ? Are there any specific sources being cited ? What is going on ? We get the idea that this latest article from Reuters is UNFOUNDED and biased.
What do YOU think ? We think that they don't present any real fact. They just let the dogs loose. BYD is doing things at their own speed. They are building a solid chain of responsible, "green concept aligned" distributors in USA. We applaud their commitment to a greener world, and we certainly applaud their factory opening in Canada to build the k9 electric buses, their recent hybrid fleet in California, and all-electric fleet in The Netherlands.
Finally a report from a third party, on a real test drive! Bradley Berman, Wrote a full report for the New York Times on his driving experiece over 31 miles inside New York City in pure electric mode. Why only 31 miles on electric power ? In his article he states that he did not have any consideration on sensible driving techniques: this test was NOT on battery caressing, but more on testing driving experience as a whole. On this issue, he comments:
"If my destination had been in those first 30 to 40 miles, which the F3DM can easily achieve with sensible driving techniques, and I had the opportunity to charge the car for a full work day or overnight, the gas in the 8-gallon tank would go stale before having a chance to be burned in an engine."