BYD India, a subsidiary of China's BYD Group, today launched two new electric vehicles -- T3 MPV and T3 minivan. The two new introductions mark the foray of one of the world's largest electric vehicle manufactures into India's pure electric van segment. The price has not been revealed yet.

Both T3 MPV and T3 minivan require only one-and-a-half hours to fully charge using DC charging equipment. The two electric vehicles (EVs) also support standard AC chargers. Both models can travel up to 300 km when fully charged. A single T3 MPV or T3 minivan can save the fuel consumption and emissions equivalent to five passengers cars, BYD (Build Your Dreams) claims. The company is also seeking local Indian partners for the electric van product series.

BYD T3 MPV and BYD T3 minivan models adopt the company's proprietary battery technology. The electric vehicles offer features like keyless entry, push-button start, music system with Bluetooth connectivity, reverse parking camera and sensors. The spaces have been diligently designed for accommodating passengers or cargo storage. The vehicles are equipped with automatic transmission.

The safety features in T3 MPV and BYD T3 minivan include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) BOS (Brake Override System) and electric parking system. The vehicles come with a regenerative braking system and CAN (Controller Area Network) bus communication system.

"In the past few years, with the great support of Indian government and our local partners, BYD has realized the local design, R&D, manufacturing of electric buses in India and established battery manufacturing facilities here. We are also the first OEM in the country to export e-buses to overseas markets from India. Our pure electric buses have cemented their position as a market leader in the Indian e-bus segment," BYD India Managing Director Liu Xueliang said.

"Seeing the huge potential of India's EV market, BYD is responding to the Indian government's call to promote the local market and make India a global hub for EVs and so today we are proud to announce that BYD is moving toward its next step in India. We are delighted to launch the all-new pure electric T3 MPV and T3 minivan for the Indian market and are confident that our products will set a benchmark in India's electric van segment. We always strive to bring the most advanced and cleanest technology into the Indian market and better serve our local customers," Xueliang said.

"At this early stage, we are going to focus on creating a more efficient, more reliable B2B and electric public transportation sector," BYD India Executive Director Ketsu Zhang said, adding that we will also gradually look at increasing investment and manufacturing electric vans locally, according to Indian market demand and government policies.

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