BYD launches their electric multi-layered transportation solution in the PH


Last week, Build Your Dreams (BYD) announced the entry of its multi-layered electric transportation line-up in the Philippines. These include the BYD skyrail, electric and hybrid cars, electric buses and even electric forklifts. These make up the different layers of electrified transportation that BYD is making available to the Philippine Market.

BYD’s announcement started with the announcement of their partnership with the local governments of Iloilo and Bataan for the development of their skyrail system.

BYD Philippines is bringing in the electric vehicle (EV) range through Solar Transport and Automotive Resources Corp. or STAR Corp., headed by Mark Andrew Tieng. The EV range includes the BYD Tang, a 7-seater Plug-in electric Hybrid executive SUV that has a range of 80km on pure EV mode. Electric cars have zero emission, no noise, no vibration and instant power no other gasoline or diesel engine can offer.

This revolutionary technology is supported by a 2-liter turbo gasoline engine that gives you the convenience of having an electric vehicle without the range anxiety. This combination also makes the vehicle very powerful as it gives the car a total power output of 505HP on Hybrid Electric Sport mode. It can also go from 0-100kms in less than 5 seconds. This plug-in Hybrid is a vehicle you can charge in your 220 socket at home or at work allowing you to charge anywhere, anytime.

Another interesting feature is its V2L (Vehicle to Load), which allows the driver to use the vehicle’s battery as a power source when the vehicle is off the grid. BYD displayed several applications of this in their display where they powered a popcorn machine and a coffee machine in a camping set-up.

New for BYD’s pure electric line are its e5 and e6 models. The e5, a 5-seater sedan that has an electric range of 300kms on a single charge, comes with a maximum speed of 130km/h. The e6, on the other hand is not new to the Philippines. It has been plying the roads of Metro Manila for the past 3 years. What’s new for the e6 though is its 2018 model is capable of running an electric range of 400kms on a single charge and has a maximum speed of 140km/h.

“Since BYD’s inception in the Philippines, we have been preparing for the day that the Philippines will be ready for electric cars. That day is today. When we started in the Philippines, we launched our e6 and became the first to bring in an electric vehicle in the Philippines. We worked with government and various stakeholders and shared with them the astounding benefits of electric vehicles not only to the environment, but also to the economy and its owners. Today, with the TRAIN law, the leadership in Philippine Government recognized the benefits of electric cars and granted tax zero excise taxes for electric cars.” Said Tieng.

STAR Corp is also handling distribution of BYD’s Material Handling Equipment in the country. They are powered by the same battery technology that made BYD one of the top EV manufacturers in the world. Its lithium ion iron phosphate battery offers a long life span of 4,000cycles that is equivalent to about 10 years. It is practically maintenance free and requires only up to 2 hours of charging. According to BYD, its vehicles can register savings in operational cost of about 80% compared to diesel and 50% compared to other lead acid electric forklifts.

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