BYD on Thursday announced that it has delivered 101 pure electric cars- e6 to Bangkok. The company also stated that it will supply another 1,000 electric cars very soon.
According to the company, with this agreement with Thailand to export an additional fleet of cars make it number one carmaker in the country’s market for pure electric vehicles.
Bangkok’s new e6 fleet will be utilized as VIP taxis and as part of a car sharing service. The e6 is powered by BYD’s lithium iron phosphate battery. The company claims that with just two hours of charging time, BYD cars are able to travel up to 400 kilometers.
Liu Xueliang general manager of BYD’s Asia-Pacific Automotive Sales Division said, “BYD is driving the transformation of electric mobility around the world. We are very pleased that Thailand has joined us.”
With over 100,000 taxis and around 43,000 buses traversing hundreds of kilometers daily between Bangkok and its surroundings, the area suffers from a high level of vehicle exhaust emissions. “Electric vehicles are being adopted around the world because they are cleaner and less noisy compared to combustion engine vehicles,” said Sanit Promwong, the Director of the Land Transport Department of Thailand. “We ultimately want our people to have a better living environment.”
BYD vehicles have been present in Thailand since 2012 when the e6 was deployed as the official car for the country’s largest power company MEA.