China's electric car displayed at NAIAS

08:53, January 12, 2010      

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China's first electric carmaker BYD displayed its e6 and F3DM electric vehicles at the North America International Auto Show (NAIAS) which opened in the U.S. auto city of Detroit on Monday.

Features BYD ferrous battery, the e6 with an expected range per charge cycle of 330 km in cruising mode, an estimated acceleration time from 0-100 km/h in less than 14 seconds and with a projected top speed of 140 km/h.

These characteristics make the e6 ideal for daily commutes, in-town driving and even long distance travel. The new version F3DM electric vehicle also features BYD Fe battery together with a BYD 371QA 1.0-liter gasoline engine. It will be equipped with the solar panel sunroof, which can be used to channel power to the Fe battery.

The F3DM has a range of about 400 km on one tank of fuel, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h. It can also run for 100 km powered by Fe battery pack alone.

Officials of the BYD company told Xinhua that the electric cars have attracted thousands of visitors and more than 20 media outlets from different countries to request interviews.

According to the officials, BYD sold out more than 430,000 cars last year, about 50 percent increase from that of the 2008. BYD also exported its products to the Middle East, Africa and East Europe.

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