Text: Brent Co / Photos: BYD | posted March 20, 2014 19:00
EV being brought in for test to encourage passage of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Law
The BYD e6 electric vehicle will be making its way to Philippine shores soon. The e6 is the Chinese automaker's first commercially available electric passenger vehicle.
BYD Auto Asia-Pacific Regional Manager Tony Wang posted a photo with the e6 yesterday on Instagram with the caption "The first BYD e6 for the Philippines". This was confirmed by Mark Tieng, Managing Director of Solar Transport and Automotive Resources Corporation (STAR), local distributor of BYD automobiles.
"We will be bringing in only one unit of the BYD e6 for local testing purposes in the meantime. I hope our investment will help encourage the government to pass the 'Alternative Fuel Vehicles Law', to make way for greener vehicles," said Tieng, in an exclusive interview.
Initially debuted in 2009, the all-electric MPV only began public sales in 2011 to customers in the city of Shenzen after more than a year of testing with 40 taxis operating in the same city. The e6 uses a proprietary iron phosphate battery which is more stable and durable than lithium ion batteries used by other automakers.
STAR officially debuted the neophyte Chinese automotive brand to the Philippine market in September of last year. The BYD brand began with a showroom and service facility in Mandaluyong City with a upscale image and differentiated customer experience compared to other Chinese car brands.
The very first BYD e6 electric MPV is scheduled to arrive in May, according to Tieng along with the F0 supermini hatchback which they will be launching soon. The F0 mimics the basic styling and body shape of the Toyota Aygo. The F0 is expected to take on the Toyota Wigo, Tata Nano, Hyundai Eon, and Suzuki Alto in the local supermini market.
The new F0 is powered by a 1.0-liter gas engine rated at 67 PS and 90 Nm of torque. It will initially be available in two variants, base and standard; both with 5-speed manual transmission.