The Chinese BYD E6 all-electric vehicle could be on its way to Australia in the near future, if a recent registration with a government regulatory website is a preview of things to come.
The registration details suggest that Chinese car maker BYD Automotive could be within a year of launching a vehicle in Australia - potentially through Sydney-based distributor Ateco, which also distributes Chinese brands Great Wall, Chery and LDV.
We spoke with Ateco communications consultant Daniel Cotterill, who suggested the company is on business terms with BYD Automotive.
"There will be a place in the market for low-cost electric vehicles and Tesla has shown that it can do well with a high-end and high-performance product. Over time, we are likely to see the introduction of electric cars from the likes of Japan and China," Cotterill said.
"In addition to cars, BYD produces other products such as electronic and solar components that are sold globally."
"We have no formal relationship with BYD at the moment, but are on talking terms with the company."
The BYD Automotive E6 is a zero-emissions vehicle that a driving range of 300 kilometres from an 80kWh battery pack, with a charging time of two hours from a 40kW AC charger.
Weighing in at a portly 2380kg, the BYD E6 is driven by a 90kW/450Nm electric motor, while its battery pack lists a 10-year lifetime.
Positioned as a crossover between the SUV and people-mover segments, the BYD E6 seats five.
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