BYD showcases green-technology vehicles at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2011

For the fourth straight appearance of BYD Co. Ltd. at the Detroit COBO Center for the 2011 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), a series of United States-ready green-technology vehicles and products are on display.

BYD has presented its "Three Green Dreams" Strategy and its "Green City Solutions," its green electric vehicle series, and a portfolio of eco-friendly products such as solar panels, home energy storage units and energy-saving LED Lighting.

The new five-seat crossover -- the BYD e6 Premier (2012 Year Model) --- features a more dynamic and sporty exterior design. The e6 Premier is equipped with BYD Iron-phosphate "FE" battery and it’s claimed to have a range of 300 km (or 186.4 miles) on urban roads, while its projected maximum speed is 140 km/h (or 87 mph).

A full charge takes 40 minutes on the 100 kW fast charging cabinet. And it takes 6 hours to overnight-charge the e6 on the 10 kW standard charging pole. This means that the e6 is ideal for daily commuters and in-town driving.

BYD is also proud of the core technology of the pure-electric K9 e-Bus and considers it as another breakthrough in the field of electrified transportation. The specially designed in-wheel electric drive and the electronically-controlled air suspension result to this 12-meter-long e-Bus getting sufficient space and a low-floor for easy passenger loading and unloading.

The K9 can run 250+ km (155+ miles) on a single charge. The BYD S6DM SUV is the first independent 4WD dual-mode electric SUV in the world.

The SUV can travel more than 60 km (38 miles) solely on electric power and can run over 310 miles extended range when using the environmentally friendly 2.0L gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 10kW electric motor (M1) coupled with a smooth 6-speed dual-clutch transmission powering the front wheels while a powerful 75 kW electric motor (M2) moves the rear wheels.

Founded in February 1995, BYD Co Ltd is a Chinese maker of vehicles, battery-powered bicycles, trucks, buses and forklifts as well as rechargeable batteries, trucks. Its corporate headquarters is located in the Pingshan New Area in Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong province, while its North American base is located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Operating through two major subsidiaries -- BYD Automobile and BYD Electronic and was -- BYD actually is an acronym derived from the phrase "Build Your Dreams." BYD started off as a rechargeable-battery factory in China. Its entry into the auto industry came in 2002, when it acquired the Norinco-owned Qinchuan Machinery Works. This resulted to the creation of the BYD Auto as a wholly owned subsidiary of BYD Co Ltd.

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