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Chinese carmaker BYD planning to come to Australia

Large Chinese carmaker BYD auto (Build Your Dreams) is planning a likely launch in Australia in the near future, initially offering its e6 electric people mover.

The e6 is touted as having an urban range of 300 kilometres, and with its 90kW 450Nm motor should have quite adequate performance.

BYD is aiming mainly at the taxi market, as the vehicle will be fairly expensive (likely to be around $80,000) but offers the unique EV prospect of high range and seven seats.

The cars will probably be distributed by Ateco, who already handle distribution of several Chinese brands.

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Electric bus to try for long distance record

Chinese-Australian company Brighsun is attempting a long distance record tomorrow morning, aiming to enter the Guinness record with the longest trip on one charge by an electric vehicle.

Currently the record is held by a Tesla Model S, at over 700 kilometres. Brighsun are attempting to better this by travelling from Melbourne to Sydney, a distance of almost 900 kilometres…in a bus!

The Brighsun buses are similar in most respects to conventional diesel buses, but have big battery packs to allow long range. The city bus has a 500 kWh pack while the tour coach has a 518 kWh pack.

Brighsun have expressed interest in opening a manufacturing facility here in Australia, based in Victoria and using the skill base that will be left behind when local car manufacture ceases in the next year and a half.

Click here for a YouTube video of the bus.

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