BYD e6 electric crossover first drive Review Autocar

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BYD e6 first drive review

is it?

The BYD e6 is a view of the future, that’s some pundits say. car makers are too busy catering to massive domestic market to much with exports — but certainly not the case with

It’s China’s sixth-largest car and has imported 50 of its e6 all-electric hatchbacks to the UK and a process of “polishing” them for the market by directing initial to professional fleet customers, and by consultants such as Ricardo and to help.

The car is a neat-looking five-door hatchback, by a single 119bhp electric with a peak torque of ft. More powerful versions been built, but the BYD people this single-engined version, can cruise easily and comfortably at yet has a real-world range of around 140 (an “official” 180 miles is claimed) more sense for the airport and taxi service operators to use it.

BYD’s first UK deal is the green taxi firm, but the company is also selling in Switzerland, France and Germany. MD Isbrand Ho wants a fleet of e6s running in Europe by the end of next

What is it like?

The e6 is slightly than a Land Rover with a similar elevated position and a similar level of luxury, except its colours, and surfaces are unlikely to suit private buyers.

Inside it has a almost overcomplicated, centrally info screen, but is simple to with a central drive and two pedals: go and stop. The biggest — apart from the inexplicably £47,000 price — is the small and boot: it’s hard to four occupants’ airport fitting into it.

Acceleration is leisurely, but the car cruises with little wind Sadly, this silence whirrs and buzzes and some odd noises at the extremities of lock wouldn’t suit UK private

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In fact, to suit a UK environment, the car need wholesale re-tuning of its steering and spring and damper which allow far too much and bounce. The steering is quick, but the feel we’re used to.


Should I buy one?

Just you can’t. BYD hasn’t announced it will sell electric to private citizens, and besides, the price mentioned is far too steep for your eyes tell is a car that should start around £28,000.

Still, the e6 makes BYD’s expertise electric powertrains obvious — fast-emerging manufacturer is one of the world’s successful battery makers. the e6 now needs is a thorough campaign of a bigger boot and a lower But its major components are in place.

Cars like this are and some of us will be buying It’s just a matter of

Price £47,000 (before 0-62mp h 15.0sec; Top speed Range circa 140 miles; CO2 (local); Kerb weight Motor single electric; 119bhp; Torque 332lb ft; Single speed

BYD e6 Electric Cars
BYD e6 Electric Cars
BYD e6 Electric Cars
BYD e6 Electric Cars

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