The Chinese automobile manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) has plans to introduce its all-electric E6 car onto the streets of Copenhagen in time for the all-important United Nations Climate Change Conference COP15 in December 2009, writes financial daily newspaper Børsen.
Data on Treehugger.com reveals some quite impressive performance statistics for the 5 seater E6, like 0-100 kph in around 10 seconds, a range per charge of 300 km (186 miles), and a projected lifetime for its lithium ion iron phosphate battery of 2,000 cycles giving a lifetime range of 600,000 km (373,000 miles).
But it may not be plain sailing for BYD to fulfil its own dream of getting the E6 to COP15. Sales Chief Henry Li told Børsen that EU rules for approval of automobiles are "so complicated and time-consuming" that he doubts that the company can obtain permission to demonstrate the car at the climate summit.
EU rules are also problematic for another new BYD offering, the electric-petrol engine hybrid F3 Dual, comments Henry Li. But if approval for the E6 cannot be gained in time, BYD can still demonstrate the car in a closed private area at the COP15 conference.
Since BYD is China's largest battery manufacturer, it stands to reason that the company will look to carve out a niche for itself in the electric and plug-in hybrid car markets. The company already has representation in Denmark with a small team who are collaborating with Finnish giant Nokia on battery development. The initiative to attract BYD to Denmark came from the bringer of this website, Invest in Denmark.