Chinese Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids in Israel
BYD is one company we've been keeping an eye on for a while. So far we know about two plug-in hybrid sedans, the BYD F6DM and the smaller Corolla look-alike F3DM, and one electric car, the BYD E6.
We already know that the company wants to sell some of its vehicles in Europe by 2010, but now we learn that Israel is going to get a sneak preview: "BYD plans to sell BYD E6 Electric and Plug-in Hybrid F6DM in Israel, a country that strongly supports environmental technologies," a BYD executive in charge of the company's export operations said.
BYD F6DM Technical Specifications
What we know so far about the F6DM plug-in hybrid:
"Top speed should be 100 mph (160 kph), with a range of 62 miles (100 km) in all-electric mode and 267 miles (430 km) total after the gas engine kicks in. A fully electric version called the F6E is planned for 2009. [...] the lithium iron phosphate battery is said to be safer, less expensive, without heavy metals, completely recyclable and should be rechargeable to 70% in 10-minute at special charging stations. It can also be recharged more slowly with a home charging station, of course."
BYD E6 Technical Specifications
What we know so far about the BYD E6 electric car:
"A 5 seater with an acceleration of 0 to 100 kph of around 10 seconds. Top speed should be top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), and the battery pack, which is located under the rear passenger seats, will be based on BYD's own lithium-ion iron phosphate technology. Range per charge is expected to be 300 km (186 miles).
But most impressive of all:
"BYD projected the battery had a life of 2,000 cycles, for a lifetime range of about 600,000 km (373,000 miles)"
Charging of the battery will take the night with 220V, but the E6 electric car can also take a fast charge that can bring the battery to 80% SOC in about 15 minutes."
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