Chinese automaker BYD has made entry into India's electric van segment with the introduction of the T3 pure electric passenger MPV and the T3 pure electric commercial logistics minivan. The company is yet to put these models on sale.
Byd says that T3 MPV and T3 minivan models come with its proprietary battery technology and they demand just 1.5 hours for 100% charging using DC charger. The vehicles also support standard AC chargers. The range of both the vehicles is claimed to be 300 km, and this, by any standard, is definitely commendable.
Both the T3 MPV and T3 minivan models come with a number of comfort and convenience features such as keyless entry, push-button start, a music system with Bluetooth connectivity, reverse parking camera and sensors, and also offer well-designed spaces for cargo storage. Furthermore, their safety kit includes features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electric Parking System (EPB), Brake Override System (BOS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and more.
The vehicles feature regenerative braking system which saves energy on the move, and also thus improves range. Along with that, these vehicles also come with a communication network system called Controller Area Network (CAN) bus communication system which provides smart management and maintenance.
The company claims that both T3 MPV and T3 minivan are capable enough to save fuel consumption and emissions equal to five passenger cars, and thus can effectively save the cost of urban logistics distribution.
“At this early stage, we are going to focus on creating a more efficient, more reliable B2B and electric public transportation sector,” said Mr. Ketsu Zhang, Executive Director of BYD India. “We will also gradually look at increasing investment and manufacturing electric vans locally, according to Indian market demand and government policies”, he added.