What is it?
BYD has big plans for its e6 electric car. Last year the Chinese firm claimed that the car would be launched in the US in December. However, that date has come and gone, with the car looking no closer to being launched. The e6 is China’s first purpose-built electric car and we’ve driven a pre-production model. In the metal, the car is imposing and similar in size to a Land Rover Freelander.
What's it like?
Standing tall, it has the look of a crossover that has had its plastic cladding stripped. Panel fit is poor, even by Chinese standards, but should be sorted out before production.
The interior of our test model was the same utilitarian design as used in the fleet of e6 taxis being put through their paces in the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen, where BYD is based. BYD has displayed a version overseas with a more contemporary look, including steering wheel-mounted controls and sat-nav.
Our version’s cabin, though, looked more turn of the century, with hard, shiny plastics dominating the black and tan dashboard. A CD player, air conditioning and push-button start are the only concessions to technology, other than the fancy digital instruments, complete with the all-important remaining range estimate.