BYD e6 taxi fire still not fully explained; China EV market …

25 Мар 2014 | Author: | One comment »
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BYD e6 taxi fire still not explained; China EV market and BYD benefit from more

It has been a bit over a month a BYD e6 electric taxi caught in the south China city of and burned to a crisp, killing the people inside. taxi was struck by a Nissan being driven by a drunk at 112 mph.  Naturally, the initial was to blame the EVs lithium-iron phosphate which BYD claims is one of the batteries around.

The Shenzhen snatched the fried taxi to the cause of the fire.  The most report on the investigation, according to was released on June 11.  The that BYD provided to me concluded the fire was caused by either a in electrical wires igniting the car and/or high-friction heat and from the skidding tires.

  The did not explode during the crash, the concluded. Pretty inconclusive actually.

Investors in Kong-listed BYD seem to have over that incident. To be the share price of BYD Co. (HK 1211) on the news of the accident.  But it in a few days. Of course, recovery is stock continued its gradual trend, really what one expect from a company is seeing sales fall in its product areas.

   On the Hong Kong stock website, BYD’s principal are listed as research, development and of rechargeable batteries, handset and assembley (sic) service as as automobiles and related products.

But potential buyers of a BYD electric gotten over the taxi issue?  It seems to have from the news cycle. ( I search Chinese-language websites well on my laptop so maybe the is all over those sites.  I it, though. I do read some auto sites regularly.) there still hasn’t a thorough analysis of what happened, or at least we don t know it.

  Has BYD gotten its hands on the car and has it done an Or is it satisfied with the official that absolves the battery of

Studys show Chinese are leery of the new technology in electric especially as it comes at a premium.  And ranks first or second in polls ranking what consumers look for in a car.  It BYD could have reaped good publicity by doing its own on the cause of the crash and being transparent about the results, would hopefully prove assertion that the battery is safe.

Okay, now I’m going to content from a column I for, a Chinese automotive

The Chinese government—and study the way the U.S. government and Motors handled the case of a fire in a Chevrolet Volt Range Electric Vehicle a crash test.  The with which that was dealt with—including the full of the tests performed helped consumer confidence in the Volt’s

A bit of background on the Volt issue (in you don’t already know):  On 25, 2011, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) it would open an investigation the safety of the battery in the Chevrolet Among its many responsibilities, the sets vehicle safety investigates possible safety and tracks safety recalls.  The had conducted a crash test on the three weeks later the battery caught fire of a ruptured coolant line and a battery casing.  No one was injured in the it apparently occurred when the car was in a NHTSA garage.

  The NHTSA it would be working with the of Energy, Department of Defense, and Motors to “complete rigorous of the Volt’s lithium-ion battery.

The described in detail the tests it after the fire, and all the information is online. It conducted three that intentionally damaged the pack.  “In each of the tests conducted in the past two the Volt s battery was impacted and to simulate a real-world, side-impact into a narrow object as a tree or a pole followed by a said the NHTSA

No fire resulted from the two tests though a rise in was detected after the second In the third test, however, battery pack was rotated hours after it was impacted and to smoke and emit sparks after rotation to 180 degrees,” the NHTSA.  It continues to monitor the from the second test, the NHTSA.

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   The NHTSA also recommendations to consumers and emergency in case of a crash involving an vehicle.

GM offered to loan owners a car or to buy back the Volt. No owners wanted to sell car back to GM.   Meanwhile, GM crafted a fix for the problem—it installed shielding to protect the battery.  The tested Volts with the no fires resulted.

to bore you with all these but I wanted to show you how much the U.S. government released the Volt fire, and the way GM responded to the To be sure, there are inconclusive EV here in the U.S.  We still know exactly what with that Fisker that burned up in a garage in

  At least no one died there.

The BYD is a bit different from the Volt fire was caused after the e6 was into a tree after struck by a car going 180 km/hour.  Any electric or not, would burst into flame such an impact.  However, the authorities—and BYD—should be no less in investigating the problem.  BYD’s that the e6 had passed all the relevant is not sufficient.

  The Volt has also all the relevant tests. But EV technology is so new it is difficult to know what the tests—or potential problems—are.  government has just announced to expand the use of electric vehicles in its bus fleets, and to encourage more purchases of electric vehicles.

  in those buses, and buyers of EVs, deserve to know how the vehicles they are riding in

Would release of the full results from the e6 accident sales of the e6? Maybe not since I even think the e6 is for consumers to purchase in China But it couldn’t hurt, and might BYD in a positive light.

  Of course, BYD may not to spend the money right now on extensive testing. In late the Chinese press reported BYD was cutting pay by 14% to save money.

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  1. Not fully explained? If you are hit by someone going 112 mph, in what car do you expect to survive? Any chance a gas tank might also cause a fire?

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