BYD Delivers All-Electric T3 Vans To DHL In China

MAR 20 2016 BY MARK KANE 23

BYD T3 in DHL fleet

BYD T3 in DHL fleet

One of the latest BYD deliveries was to DHL in China, who ordered 35 pure electric T3 vans.

T3 is one of the new models (there is also a plug-in hybrid version called Shang). Although, we have to say, its look reminds us a lot of the Nissan e-NV200.

According to BYD, T3 has 3.5 cubic meters of cargo space in the rear capable of carrying loads up to 800kg (1,763 lbs). Gross weight is 2,625 kg (5,787 lbs). Motor is rated for 310 Nm, top speed stands at 130 km/h (81 mph) and most important range is more than 200 km (124 miles), however we don’t see any kWh numbers – so given what we know of range ratings in China, this likely equates to about 90 miles/146 km of real world driving.

Well, if Nissan remains reluctant in bringing the e-NV200 to the U.S., maybe BYD would more willing.

“BYD has supplied global logistics specialist DHL with a pioneering fleet of pure electric distribution vehicles .

The first batch of 35 pure electric vans – BYD’s all new T3 commercial vehicle model – has been delivered to DHL International Air Express Co. to provide daily logistics in the Central Business District of the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and surrounding areas.

The fleet is the start of a strategic cooperation between DHL and BYD which includes warehousing, city distribution and other fields in the Chinese market. If this initial fleet proves successful it is anticipated that more BYD logistics vehicles will enter service with DHL.

BYD’s all new pure electric vehicle T3 adopts the advanced technology and design of its MPV family of vehicles, including stylish external appearance and a spacious and comfortable interior.”

“Improving carbon efficiency and taking environmental responsibility is an important part of the 2020 strategy of DHL Group. To meet the city logistics development needs, DHL has been exploring green logistics solutions, taking advantage of electric counterbalance trucks, electric logistics vehicles and other new energy vehicles to achieve the target of green terminal distribution.”

Beside T3, BYD offers larger all-electric trucks T5 (gross weight of 7,320 kg and range of up to 250 km) and T7 (gross weight of 10,695 kg and a range of up to 200 km).

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23 Comments on "BYD Delivers All-Electric T3 Vans To DHL In China"

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Look like Nissan Clones…

It’s a van, I am somewhat intrigued to know what you thought it would look like?

It specifically looks like a copy of this:

Out of all the possible designs one could use for an electric van, I’m intrigued you think it could only look like this…

In the interest of widening your aesthetic horizons, here’s an example of a non-derivative design for an Electric Van, just so you get an idea of the nearly infinite stylistic variations available to automakers, today:

Exactly my thought!

I guess china ain’t much in IP and copyright respect.

But then, why Nissan is dragging their feet not selling their eNV200 everywhere they are selling Leaf is all their fault.

Well those “Chinese can just copy” people sometimes stick to one point. This reduces brain payload. (and that is a very nice feature of the human brain in most cases…)

If they would make use of the spare capacity I’m sure they would find their own words instead of _copying_ what others think.

Maybe they would even dedicate some time to find out from who the hell the Chinese copied the T5 and the T7… I seem to be too stupid to find that.

In that sense : keep on making your own mind!

While there are certainly quite a few design variations possible for vans:
1) Your example is completely irrelevant because it’s for a much larger capacity truck which usually has the engine beneath the cab.

2) The T3 (and the e-NV200) are short-distance local delivery vans. They don’t tend to need to go fast, so aerodynamics is not a concern.

3) There’s not much incentive for original styling, because the customers for such vehicles don’t care about that at all. They care about payload, reliability and TCO.
Most vans in this segment look very similar.

The only carmaker I can think of which consistently does invest in styling is FIAT, with Citroën also doing this to some extent.

Not surprising that the front end of the nv looks similar to the Leaf and even the wheels

USPS needs to buy vehicles like that. C’mon US automakers . . . build something like that. Put a 30KWH battery in it.

“Look like Nissan Clones…”

It looks better than the NV200.

Actually the Ford transit looks similar too..

Hopefully, this minivan is more efficient then the 2015 BYD e6 BEV hatchback, which had a dreadful EPA rating of only 63 MPGe (54 kw-hrs / 100 miles) Combined.

Looks like BYD has become proficient at copying automotive body designs made in first-world countries, following the unfortunate Chinese trend of merely copying rather than creating. But if BYD wants to compete on the international market, they need to work on engineering what’s inside. That said, BYD is quite successful at making and selling EV buses internationally.

And from which company did BYD copy this vehicle?

I did not yet see that many BEVans from any of those “innovative” market leaders…

I do get that you are referring to the body style, but somehow your post seems a little bit confused… You are claiming that they have to work on what’s inside…

Inside? Electric… 😉

Shall they put ICE to compete with GM, FORD, Toyota, Daimler, vw and the likes?

This “Chinese just can copy…” is so overcome, (especially but not exclusively in the BYD case) that I wonder how an intelligent person like you can come up with that…

Oops I forgot I went nuts…
Chinese starter late!
Sitting still.
Nothing happen. Bad things to people. No freedom! Copy copy copy. … Learn… Start… Run…. Run faster… Learn harder… Innovate…

Meanwhile in the 1st world.
Discussion. Standstill. Diesel. More discussion…

I’m sure you know what those business people call fast follower…

Famously, the US “just copied” in the 19th century. We ignored every other country’s copyrights and patents.

Worked out pretty well for the US. China is just copying the successful US model. Pity the US has stopped following our OWN model.

Only fools count BYD out.

Aren’t they 2nd in line behind Panasonic when it comes to kwh’s shipped?

Data from EV Sales Blog says BYD was #2 in 2015, yes. See chart here:

Yep and I would like to see the 1st and 2nd deviation.

Those might bring insight to the future 😉

Some sites are saying 43 kWh which is fairly big, not sure about the 200+ km claim it is good if that was real world range.

Bring it on BYD! Nissan has dropped the ball on bringing lite commercial vans to the US. Good job BYD!

As vans, Taxi’s and cop cars are about the best apps for EV’s yet car companies won’t make them.
Or the EV pickups we need.

Thanks Mark for this piece.

BYD really seems to gain even more momentum…

However I was a bit disappointed because the cover photo made me think that finally this was a piece about DHL street scooter.