Yes, the most popular electric car in China is now launched in Singapore with an asking price of just S$133,888* with Certificate of Entitlement (COE). This may sound like a lot of money to Malaysians when you do a currency conversion but please bear in mind Singapore high import taxes and the high cost of the COE.
This BYV e6 should be also launched in Malaysia to allow middle class Malaysians to enter the electric vehicle market as the current offerings from BMW and Nissan (launching the new Leaf next week) are from premium and mid premium car brands with a higher price point.
For the Singapore customer, BYD is working with E-Auto, a division of Vantage Automotive Limited (VAL), who is pleased to announce its collaboration with BYD Singapore to retail BYD passenger cars in Singapore. This appointment represents a significant milestone for both VAL and BYD in paving the way to a growing market trend for electric vehicles (EV) in Singapore. E- Auto will start with retailing the e6 model and there will be other exciting models in the near future.
Founded in Shenzhen in the mid-1990s as a manufacturer of batteries for cellphones and digital cameras, BYD now has about a quarter-million employees and sells as many as 30,000 pure EVs or plug-in hybrids in China every month
BYD can produce almost 30 gigawatt-hours of power annually. Last year, BYD opened one of the world’s largest battery plants, a 10 million-square-foot facility in Qinghai province, and in February it broke ground on another of similar size. This empire has made a billionaire of its founder and chairman, a former government chemist named Wang Chuanfu. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. bought a 10 percent stake in BYD a decade ago.
Mr Christopher Chin, Managing Director of VAL, said: “We thank BYD for this valuable opportunity to represent them in Singapore and we look forward to elevate BYD EV the definitive choice for the EV market segment. As always, VAL is committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations and providing the best customer experience to all existing and potential BYD car owners.”
The BYD e6 is a zero emission vehicle, which fully charges in one and a half hours, allowing it to travel up to 400 km on a single charge, with its regenerative braking system. It is also highly reliable and requires minimal maintenance, making it appealing to many. The electric charging network infrastructure continues to grow steadily in Singapore with SP Group driving the initiative, and this is a timely evolution which makes the BYD EV a practical and convenient proposition for car buyers in Singapore.
Mr James Ng, Managing Director of BYD Singapore, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with VAL, an industry expert, to offer Singaporeans the green and dynamic BYD e6. Customers will find it a delight to own one, as it is an eco-friendly and comfortable car that will meet most transport needs. We hope to offer other BYD models in Singapore in time to come. We are most excited as EVs are the future for Singapore as well as the rest of the world.”
The BYD e6 will be priced at S$133,888* with Certificate of Entitlement (COE). Come 19 July 2019, all interested customers can visit the BYD Showroom at 305 Alexandra Road to experience the dynamic BYD e6.
In Shenzhen China, there are already 20,000 BYD EV taxis running around the city and more are being used as you read this. Last year alone, BYD Motors sold more than 30,000 electric cars.
BYD e6 Specifications:
- Length in mm: 4560
- Width in mm: 1822
- Height in mm: 1645
- Wheelbase in mm: 2830
- Curb weight in kg: 2380
- Tires: 235/65 R17
- Boot Space: 450L
- Top speed: 140km/h
- Minimum ground clearance:150mm
- Range: 300km/400km
- Suspension (F) Independent Dual Cross-Arm with Crosswise Stabilized Bars Suspension (R) Independent Dual Rocker-Arm with Crosswise Stabilized Bars
- Braking: Regenerative braking, front double calipers, rear single calipers,disc brake
- Motor type: Permanent magnet synchronous motor
- Maximum Power: 121hp
- Maximum Torque450Nm
- Battery type: Fe battery
- Battery Capacity: 61.4kWh
- VTOG 30kW AC charging2h