Chinese automaker BYD Co. says it will be rolling out a five-seat battery electric vehicle with a 249-mile range that will hit the streets in the U.S. next year.
BYD’s website says it will be a big vehicle, weighing 4,453 pounds. It is expected to cost “slightly more than $40,000.” Recharge time for its lithium-ion batteries is expected to be between seven and nine hours on regular household current. Permanent magnet synchronous motors will drive the wheels, generating 268 HP and 406 lb-ft of torque.
Known as the E6, the vehicle will initially be targeted at “government agencies, utilities, and maybe some celebrities,” according to The Wall Street Journal.