Last year electric transportation major Warren Buffet-backed BYD started a new chapter in its over a decade-long story in India. After successfully leading the way for zero-emission electric public carriers, BYD launched its globally-validated premium electric MPV, the all-new e6 in India. Equipped with its patented and state-of-the-art Blade battery technology – the only one to safely pass the nail penetration test – this vehicle is its first offering for Indian automotive customers looking for an ultra-safe, reliable, long-range, zero-emission car that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
The all-new e6 is now in its second generation. While at first glance the silhouette reminds you of a traditional kind of MPV, it breaks the norm by offering a more than generously spacious, two-row of seats and a massive 580-liter boot. The car is nearly 4.7m long with a healthy 2.8m wheelbase. The numbers are a clear indication of the amount of room inside for all five passengers and their luggage. Not surprisingly, that is the core purpose of the car – to carry passengers in comfort. More importantly, with a long-lasting battery, it is able to address an issue most current electric car owners dread – range anxiety.
Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, Head of Electric Passenger Vehicle Business in BYD India, said, “With Charge Zone as our electric charging partner, the drive covered 2203km seamlessly with charging points across national highways. The drive has proven that BYD India’s all-new e6 with the Blade Battery is a trusted vehicle in safety, comfort, drivability, and long-range on a single charge.”
The BYD e6 electric MPV was launched back in November 2021, targeting the B2B space in India. The e6 is priced at Rs 29.15 lakh, ex-showroom, and comes equipped with a 71.7 kWh battery pack with a WLTC-certified (city) range of 520km. The 70kWh electric motor in the BYD e6 produces 94 bhp and 180 Nm of peak torque, with the capability to reach a top speed of 130 kmph.
The e6 uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology for the battery, giving the e6 50 percent more volumetric energy density. The company claims that the Blade Battery Pack has “successfully passed the nail penetration test, the most rigorous way to test the thermal runaway of batteries.”