Ketsu Zhang, executive director, BYD India, said, "We are delighted to launch the new e6 to achieve India’s electric revolution goals with our premium green technology. We believe this could be a perfect and a strategic time for BYD India to surge in key markets across India. We strive to surpass local customer's expectations and I'm confident that the new e6 and more product portfolio in the future will certainly achieve this."
Shrirang Joshi, Sales Head of Electric Passenger Vehicle of BYD India, said, "We are extremely happy to finally bring our globally tested all-new e6 to the Indian market. Focusing on safety, reliability, interior space as well as economic viability, we feel that the All-New e6 will be a hit in the Indian B2B market". He further said, "The total cost of ownership will tremendously benefit our customers and the segment, overall. Thrilled to be a part of India's EV revolution, we will roll out more product ranges in the future".
The MPV will have BYD's latest blade battery technology, which uses the lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) chemistry. The form factor of the blade cell has several advantages, including improved volume space, longevity (expected 3,000 charging/discharging cycles or 1.2 million km (nearly 750,000 miles) of mileage), decent charging capability (30-80% in 30 minutes) and great safety.
BYD explains that the batteries survived:
- a stringent nail-penetration test confirmed the Blade Battery’s surface temperature reached a remarkably low 30º - 60º C while emitting no smoke or fire
- 300º C furnace test and 260% overcharging test, neither of which resulted in fire or explosive response
MPV will be available in major metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad besides other cities like Vijayawada, Ahmedabad and Kochi at an ex-showroom price of ₹29.6 lakh, which also includes the price of a 7kW charger.
The BYD MPV e6 comes with a warranty of 3 years or 1.25 lakh kms, a battery cell warranty of 8 years or 5 lakh kms and a traction motor warranty of 8 years or 1.5 lakh kms, whichever is earlier.
Recently one of our friend in Pune got access to this MPV. Essentially BYD gave the car to his friend who was evaluating the car for purchase in bulk. They did a road trip from Ahmedabad to Pune and to Goa. And on the highway with load and driving at decent speeds they easily got 400+ km per charge. That shows the efficiency of the BYD Blade batteries. What my friend liked is the comfort of the drive and the 500 km range number when the car was fully charged!
We would rather spend 26 lakhs on the BYD e6 with safe Blade batteries than spend 22 to 24 lakhs getting the Hyundai Kona with its dubious NMC battery packs that have caused issues.
The car has been in development since 2010. They have been working on the car for more than 11 years now. This definitely is a game changer as the battery packs will have a life of around
1 million km. Think about that. The average lifespan of a petrol or diesel car is around 200,000 km. If you buy an EV that lasts a million km, this EV will last 3 times longer than an ICE car.
All in all this is exciting for the Indian electric car market. My personal wish is that BYD get all their variants of electric cars including the small Dolphin car, make them in India, and really push our car makers to launch more EV’s. But we have to start somewhere and we are glad BYD is here in India too.