Chinese car manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) wants to become the world’s biggest car maker by 2025. It will launch its all-electric e6 in Europe in 2011.
The e6 is a tall five-door family hatch measuring around 4500mm in length and has MPV levels of space inside, although it weighs 2295kg.
Power the front wheels is a 75kw electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack. 0-60mph takes 14sec and it goes on to reach 87mph. A 50 per cent charges of its batteries takes 10 minutes and the battery pack has a claimed life of 10 years.
Much of its interior is borrowed from the Toyota parts bin and leather is used throughout.
BYD has just signed a deal with Daimler to develop an electric car for the Chinese market.
Henry lee, head of exports, said it was a "co-operation between oldest and youngest automotive brands in the world".
"Our exports have grown beyond 100 per cent per year for the last 5 years," he said. "We will make half a million cars in 2010 for the first time."
BYD is currently China’s fourth largest car maker, having sold 450,000 units in its home territory in 2009.