IAA: BYD Unveils eBus Blade Platform And New Electric Trucks
BYD was present at the 2022 IAA Transportation 2022 in Hanover, Germany with a full hand of new EV solutions.
The Chinese company presented an all-new eBus Blade Platform, two electric trucks, and the latest generation of its 12m electric bus for the European market.
Let’s start with the trucks – the first one is the BYD ETH8 (19 tons) vehicle, envisioned for logistics and waste collection.
BYD ETH8 (left) and BYD ETM6 (right)
The second one is a smaller BYD ETM6 (7.5 tons) urban delivery truck – which reminds us of the North American BYD 6F shown in 2021. Payload is almost 4,000 kg (3,990 kg).
It has a 150 kW electric motor, a 126 kWh battery (LFP,) and a range of up to 200 km (124 miles) fully loaded, according to the manufacturer’s website. DC fast charging is possible at up to 120 kW.
The ETM6 appears to be an interesting vehicle with an attractive design, but only time will tell whether it will do well in the highly competitive European market.
BYD eBus Blade Platform
At the show, BYD also presented an upgraded new generation 12m electric bus (but still with batteries on the roof), which reportedly offers a more spacious interior.
If fitted with a 422 kWh battery (the top configuration), it is expected to have a range of up to 450 km (280 miles).
BYD Blade Battery
BYD electric bus
BYD notes that its cumulative New Energy Vehicle sales (plug-ins – BEVs/PHEVs) exceeded 2.5 million (almost entirely in China), of which 90,000 are commercial vehicles – buses and trucks.
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