With deliveries of the BYD electric vehicle promised to begin before the end of August 2021, this price would make it the country’s cheapest electric car at launch, undercutting the $44,990 drive-away MG ZS EV. However, just 15 examples will initially be available.
The vehicle – which is based largely on the Chinese-market petrol-powered BYD Song Max seven-seater – derives power from a single 70kW electric motor mounted on the front axle. This draws energy from a 70kWh lithium-ion ‘Blade’ battery pack, permitting a claimed range of 400km.
The new model is not to be confused with a previous-generation E6, offered in Australia since 2016 for taxi fleets.
Pricing and specifications for the brand’s wider range – said to comprise at least four distinct models, including the "sub-$35,000" EA1 hatchback (bottom of story) and BYD T3 commercial van – will be confirmed “in approximately two weeks,” according to Luke Todd, the CEO of Nexport’s parent company TrueGreen Mobility.
Mr Todd had originally assured CarAdvice BYD order books would open on 1 July 2021, however this did not come to pass.
He claims a plan to broaden local operations caused the project to be delayed: "We have received extremely high levels of interest … This has caused us to evaluate potentially bringing even more models than first planned.
"Therefore we are bringing a very small batch of the next generation E6 to the Australian market to test the appetite for a multi-purpose vehicle."
Nexport has set extremely ambitious goals for its BYD vehicle range, claiming the little-known brand will be a "top-five manufacturer" in Australia within the next two years. This would require the all-electric line-up to outsell Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen, and MG before 2024.