Chinese BYD Co. will stage the European premiere of two electric vehicles at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March: the updated pure-electric vehicle 2012 e6-Eco and the independent 4WD dual-mode electric SUV S6DM.
The company will also show the core technology of BYD e-Bus K9 and the dual-mode electric vehicle F3DM. BYD will also present its overall “Three Green Dreams” Strategy for the European market.
The new 5-seat crossover — the 2012 e6-Eco has a more dynamic and sporty exterior design. Equipped with BYD Fe battery, the e6-Eco has an expected range of 300km (186 miles) in urban roads condition. It only takes 40 minutes to fully charge the e6 by a 100KW quick charger.
The BYD S6DM SUV is the world’s first Independent 4WD Dual Mode Electric SUV. Traveling over 60km purely on electric power and over 495km (310 miles) extended range with the high- efficiency 2.0L gasoline engine, this SUV sports a 10kW electric motor (M1) paired with a smooth 6-speed dual-clutch transmission propelling the front wheels while a powerful 75kW electric motor (M2) powers the rear wheels.
As the world’s first pure electric bus powered by BYD “Fe” battery, the core technology of K9 is another BYD breakthrough in the field of electrified public transportation. The 12-meter-long e-bus is specially designed with in-wheel drive motor, electronically controlled air suspension system (ECAS), low-floor and ample space. The K9 is able to run 250+km on a single charge in urban road conditions with the environmentally-friendly and powerful “Fe” battery.
Dual Mode Electric Vehicle: F3DM
The world’s first Dual Mode electric vehicle –F3DM low-carbon version also features the BYD Fe battery together with a BYD 371QA 1.0liter gasoline engine. This vehicle is equipped with a solar panel sunroof to parallel charge the Fe battery. Powered by the Fe battery pack alone, the F3DM can travel over 60km in urban road conditions. The combined range of the HEV mode allows the car to achieve 500 km with a maximum speed of 150km/h.
BYD’s “Three Green Dreams” strategy is based on these three pillars of its R&D:
1) Affordable solar power
2) Environmentally-friendly energy storage
3) Electrified transportation