BYD and RWE conclude cooperation on e-mobility - European package deal for end-customers from 2012

Top Quote BYD Europe B.V., of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a subsidiary of the Chinese battery and car manufacturer BYD, is now co-operating with the Essen-based utility RWE in the fields of electric vehicles and charging facilities. Corresponding contracts have been signed in the past few days. BYD and RWE are planning to take new initiatives for CO2-free electric mobility in Europe. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 17, 2010 - * Joint fleet trial in Europe by RWE and BYD in 2011
    * Joint marketing of series e-vehicles, charging infrastructure and eco-electricity from 2012
    * RWE Automotive Electricity Roadshow in Berlin exhibits BYD demo electric cars F3DM and e6

    The companies have agreed to offer package deals for their European clients, consisting of BYD's electric vehicles and RWE's fast charging posts and eco-electricity. 2012 will mark the start of test markets and will also be market launch year for BYD's two series models, the F3DM and the e6, in certain selected European countries. A joint fleet trial is scheduled in Germany beforehand, namely in 2011.

    The F3DM plug-in hybrid has been sold to end-customers in China since March 2010. It has a range of 60-100 kilometres while running on electricity alone depending on different driving conditions. The e6, by contrast, is a purely electric vehicle with a battery range of around 300 kilometres. An e6 accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in ten seconds. The model is also designed for fast charging and can accommodate a maximum charge input of around 100 kW. This means that a full charge takes less than one hour.

    In addition to their joint sales activities, both companies have decided on close co-operation in the important field of international standardisation. Together they will be pursuing the aim of setting standards for alternating and direct-current charging infrastructures in Europe and China.

    Yongping Chen, BYD Auto Europe Manager, comments: "BYD would like to bring its electric vehicles to Europe, and will start selling such EVs around 2012 in some selected countries where the governments have clear targets/incentive policies for CO2 emission reduction and where the charging infrastructure is (or will be) available.”

    Two demo vehicles are on display at RWE's Berlin Roadshow.

    "As a provider of intelligent charging infrastructure systems, RWE is already active in 18 European countries today, for example in Austria, the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom," notes Carolin Reichert, Head of E-Mobility at RWE Efficieny GmbH, underlining the importance of the European market.

    "In this respect we're working together with the international RWE subsidiaries, with third-party mobility providers and of course with other regional energy suppliers. We think that more than 300,000 purely electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will be on the streets of European cities and metropolitan areas by 2015. Our co-operation with BYD re-emphasises that we are actively engaged in market development and collaborating with leading automotive manufacturers."

    In Germany, RWE is continuing to build public charging points at a rapid pace. The company has already commissioned 450 charging points in Germany to which it supplies electricity exclusively from renewable sources. TÜV South reviews and confirms this annually.

    The fascination of electric travel is the keynote theme of RWE's Automotive Electricity Roadshow, which is making its second appearance at Berlin's Sony Center from today until 22 September 2010.

    Interested visitors can test-drive electric vehicles, try out RWE's intelligent charging post and "top up" with a host of new impressions. Roadshow 2010's next stop will be Munich, from 19 - 21 October 2010.

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