BYD To Launch Electric Step Van In U.S.

JUL 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

BYD is expanding its North American activity from buses and trucks to class 6 step vans that are expected to go on sale in 2019.

The BYD 6D Step Van is to be equipped with 250 kW and 1,800 Nm (on the wheels we believe) electric motor and one of the biggest battery packs that we ever heard of in such vehicle – 221 kWh.

The real-world range is to be 120 miles (193 km), while top speed stands at 70 mph.

BYD Class-6 electric refuse hauler

“The BYD 6D is suited for delivering items such as parcels, linens, food, beverages, office supplies, and other consumer goods. With zero emissions, zero idling and a 120-mile range (full load), the battery-electric BYD 6D is suited for neighborhood delivery services.”

There will be two charging options:

  • 4.5 hours using AC (on-board charger)
  • 1.5 hours DC fast charging

On the right, you can see latest Class-6 electric refuse hauler that the Chinese manufacturer introduced in the U.S.

Source: Green Car Congress

Categories: BYD, Trucks


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14 Comments on "BYD To Launch Electric Step Van In U.S."

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Did the tariffs on these change just in case?

They will most likely be made in BYDs LA production facility so tariffs need not apply…

Trumps auto tariffs apply to parts too… not just complete cars


I for one want them to sell the Yuan here…

A 221 kWh battery giving 120 miles is just about 0.5 miles per kWh, which is what an electric semi truck would do.
Is fuel efficiency in a step van that close to the fuel efficiency in a semi?

Range does seem off, the to Mercedes vans get 1.5miles/kWh don’t imagine its three times worse.
Wanting that battery in the Sprinter, then you’d have a 300 mile RV.

I agree, the numbers seem seriously off. Sure, this van has truly lousy aerodynamics, but most of its driving should be at lower speed on secondary streets and in commercial/residential areas, right? It might well get that poor an energy efficiency at freeway speeds, but this vehicle is for local deliveries with frequent stops.

BYD uses LiFePo battery tech which is heavier than the ones on US and European manufacturers, so efficiency is reduced but safety and durability of the battery is increased.

That adds perhaps 500 kg to the total weight — not nearly significant enough to explain the abysmal range…

Great idea, lots of those around.

Must have 50kW (or so) charger on board for 4.5 hour AC charging. Assuming 3phase 480V, 60+ Amps this could work

Good vehicle, but why does it look like it’s from the 70’s?

Visual design that appeals to “western” audiences is one thing the Chinese apparently haven’t figured out yet…