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China’s 2017 BYD E6 Granted CARB Certification, But Retail Sales Still a Question Mark

The E6 is a conventional-looking four-door crossover or tall hatch, if you prefer offered in a number of markets, including the United States. However, here the E6 is marketed as an “electric taxi” and offered only to fleet buyers. A handful have arrived already, but the Berkshire Hathaway backed automaker has larger plans for the U.S. BYD currently sells electric transit buses and medium-duty trucks in the U.S., though about 80 E6 cars were reported as operational early last year, most of them in New York City. Another 25 exist in Chicago’s Uber fleet.

Key Takeaways:

  • The E6 is a conventional-looking four-door crossover offered in a number of markets, including the U.S. However, here the E6 is offered only to fleet buyers as an “electric taxi”.
  • On May 5th, the California Air Resources Board issued certification for the 2017 E6 allowing it access to America’s roadways.
  • In its taxi role, BYD advertises the E6 as possessing a range of “about 250 miles” from its 80 kWh battery pack.

“For those of you not glued to the latest in Chinese electric car news, the BYD (Build Your Dreams) E6 was the best-selling electric vehicle in the world’s most populous country last year.”

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/05/chinas-2017-byd-e6-granted-carb-certification-retail-sales-still-question-mark/