One of the thing that stops people who own an EV from taking there cars on long road trips is the range anxiety and the lack of infrastructure. The perspective is however slowly changing and people are now willing to experiment with their EVs. Many of them have taken their electric vehicles on small road trips and the charging infrastructure in India has also improved. As electric vehicles are the future of mobility, many manufacturers have introduced EVs in India and one of the recent ones in BYD e6 premium electric MPV. Recently, a BYD e6 MPV travelled from Mumbai to Delhi covering 2,203 km.
What makes this drive special is that BYD e6 is now in the Indian Books of Records as it is the longest distance ever covered by an EV in India. BYD is a Chinese electric car manufacturer. They already have commercial EVs like buses available in India. The e6 is their first electric car in the Indian market from the manufacturer. It was initially launched for commercial segment but now the same is available for personal buyers as well. The drive in which the BYD e6 covered over 2,200 km was part of a campaign that the company is currently running. The initiative is called ‘Sustainable Drive for Sustainable India.’
The BYD e6 passed through four states and 9 cities. As part of the initiative, the car was driven through various eco-sensitive zones and National Parks. BYD claims that the e6 travelled over 1,000 km on a single charge but, this claim is currently unverified. The MPV utilised charging stations that are spread across various parts in their route.
BYD e6 is India’s only electric MPV and frankly speaking, it does not look bad at all. The design of the e6 MPV looks premium. The car is offered in only one variant and the car is priced at Rs 29.15 lakh, ex-showroom. Use of chrome on the exterior is minimum but it still looks upmarket. The MPV gets sleek looking projector headlamps with an integrated LED DRL. There is a thick chrome strip running between the headlamps through the grille. Like in many other EVs, the front grille is completely closed.
Coming to the side profile, the e6 does not get a boxy design. The roof line is sloping and the dual tone-finish of the car adds to the premium look. The car gets simple looking alloy wheels, LED tail lamps and a chrome garnish running from one end of the tailgate to the other. The BYD e6 is a 5-seater MPV. There is no third row seat but it gets a very large boot. The seats are wrapped in black leather upholstery. It also comes with electrically adjustable front row seats, touchscreen infotainment system that does not support Apple Carplay and Android Auto but comes with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity options. The screen is tiltable and there is an inbuilt air purification system as well. Coming to the range, it is powered by 71.7 kWh blade battery pack. The 70 kWh elelctric motor generates 180 Nm of torque and the top speed is limited to 130 kmph. The BYD e6 MPV has a certified driving range of 520 km.