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First BYD e6 Electric Cars Arrive in the UK

The first Chinese-developed BYD e6 all-electric cars have arrived in the United Kingdom this week, where they will be thoroughly tested by a number of fleet operators.

More that 50 right-hand drive vehicles were offloaded at Southampton docks and are in the process of being registered, BYD Auto announced today, adding that the five-door hatchbacks have been fully homologated for use on European roads.

Already on sale in China since October 2011, the BYD e6 has a range of 186 miles (300 km) and can reach a top speed of 87 miles per hour (140 km/h). The all-electric vehicle is already used by fleet operators in China and Columbia. In the UK, the cars will be going into service with a number of fleets, including private hire operations that will allow passengers to experience them.


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