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BYD Celebrates Success After Promising Taxi Trials
In China, the BYD Automobile Company has quickly worked their way into the upper echelons of the Chinese automobile industry since their founding in 2003 with a variety of very popular vehicle models. The company also has managed to gain the distinction of being the first automobile company to provide a mass produced plug-in electric with their F3DM model. Since then, BYD has hoped to continue working their way into the electric market with the e6 model which has just finished a year of testing with, BYD says, great results.
According to BYD, for the past year the Pengcheng Electric Taxi Company has been using fifty of the BYD e6 electric models in order to determine just how effective the e6 would be in real world conditions. According to the results, each of the fifty cars managed to consistently meet the expected 160 mile range and performed admirably under quick charge conditions. The quick charge, which takes approximately twenty to thirty minutes to complete, was expected to have a negative impact on the battery's charging system in the long run. However, with the BYD e6's batteries showing almost no degradation, BYD is confident that their battery system can hold up for quite some time.
With the success of the taxi test for the e6, BYD is looking to expand their operations regarding the model in order to find a place for it in the market. Currently, after a series of delays that prevented an earlier release, BYD is hoping to work with car dealerships in the United States to have the e6 ready for sale in the States by the end of the year.
Considering the fact that the F3DM has not sold nearly as well as BYD hoped, successful sales of the e6 could be just the boost the company needs to get back on track and perhaps even raise awareness for the F3DM and any future models.
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