BYD are staffed by a clever bunch of people, despite their set backs in the past few months which were largely out of their control they are still on track in producing tomorrows cars. One day when the rest of the world are fighting over the left overs of hydro-carbon deposits, BYD owners will be wafting along silently in their dual mode and pure electric models, of which BYD has so far developed the F3DM, the E6 pure electric and the forth coming S6 DM SUV.
To further wet America’s appetite for sensibly priced electric vehicles, BYD will be showing off their S6 SUV in dual mode form, i.e. it can be powered by battery power or regular gasoline engine.BYD are saying that this is the world’s first AWD dual mode SUV (perhaps Lexus might argue that point). The S6DM actually has two motors, both 14bhp which power the front wheels and a 102bhp traditional gasoline engine to power the rear, both the electric motors and the gasoline engine can be utilized at the same time to get AWD traction. The S6DM will be able to travel 60km on a single charge and with a mixture of a full gas tank and full battery the S6 should be good for around 500km.
Look out for the S6DM at the Detroit Auto Show, we recently caught up with at the Guangzhou Auto Show and believe it to be one of BYD’s next big hits, assuming the pricing is kept sweet enough to tempt people over to the BYD brand.