Can you imagine police officers giving up their massive Crown Victorias for electric hatchbacks? In China, they just might. Chinese automaker BYD delivered 500 pure electric e6 police vehicles to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau this week. The local cops love the virtually silent engine, according to the company.
The five-seat e6 has a top speed of around 87 mph, and a range of around 186 miles. It features a 75 kW motor and a proprietary “iron-phosphate” battery.
Some 300 BYD e6 taxis have been in service in Shenzhen for several years, and have racked up over 24 million miles. The city of Shenzhen also operates 200 of BYD’s 40-foot electric buses and, according to BYD, is planning to deploy 500 more. Last October, the company inked a deal to deliver 50 e6 taxis to a London minicab company, starting in the second quarter of 2013.
BYD has been talking about introducing the e6 to the US since 2009, but the launch has been delayed several times. The company’s web site has only vague hints that the car may someday be available in the US.