BYD secures pole position in Thailand's pure electric vehicle market

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Shenzhen-based BYD says it has successful delivered 101 pure electric e6 cars to Bangkok, with another 1,000 to follow in due course. The agreement ensures BYD of the number one position in Thailand market for pure electric vehicles. 

The delivery of 101 BYD e6 cars to Thailand is the nation's largest ever import of pure electric vehicles [Photo courtesy of BYD]
The delivery of 101 BYD e6 cars to Thailand is the nation's largest ever import of pure electric vehicles [Photo courtesy of BYD]

For some time, BYD has been making inroads into various Asian markets with its environmentally friendly suite of electric vehicles serving as popular modes of public transport. 

Bangkok's new e6 fleet will be used as VIP taxis and as part of a car-sharing service. The e6 is powered by the company's proprietary lithium iron phosphate battery renowned for being safe, stable, and providing fast charging that means a two-hour charge allows BYD cars to travel up to 400 kilometers. 

Liu Xueliang, general manager of BYD's Asia-Pacific Automotive Sales Division, said: "BYD is driving the transformation of electric mobility around the world. We are very pleased that Thailand has joined us." 

With over 100,000 taxis and around 43,000 buses traversing hundreds of kilometers of roads daily within metropolitan Bangkok as well as its surroundings, the city suffers from high levels of vehicle exhaust emissions. 

"Electric vehicles are being adopted around the world because they are cleaner and less noisy compared to combustion engine vehicles," said Sanit Promwong, director of the Land Transport Department of Thailand. "We ultimately want our people to have a better living environment."

BYD vehicles have been operating in Thailand since 2012 when the e6 was first deployed as the official car for the country's largest power company, MEA. The e6 and the K9 electric buses were also adopted by Thailand's leading industrial and commercial giant, the Loxley Group, to kick start an "electrification strategy‟. BYD continues to improve its range of electric vehicles for private, public and industrial use as Thailand considers plans for the EEC, a low-carbon and technologically advanced zone. 

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