BYD India, a subsidiary of BYD owned by Warren Buffett and based in China, opened its passenger vehicle dealership at Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. PPS Motors will manage the dealership.
Customers in Andhra Pradesh will have access to pure electric vehicles from BYD through the dealership. According to the company, the principal dealer has extensive experience in the automotive industry and a wide reach due to its business that covers neighbouring areas.
It is equipped with EV charging stations and well-trained advisors and offers customers an exceptional in-store experience. The showroom covers 2,000 square feet and includes a lounge area.
Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, SVP -Electric Passenger Vehicle Business, BYD India said, “Starting from Vijayawada, we are getting closer to our target customers and are delighted to inaugurate our first showroom in Andhra Pradesh with PPS Motors. We hope that our customized products and service will spur and accelerate green initiatives in this region.”
Rajiv Sanghvi, MD, PPS Motors said, “We are very excited to work with BYD in the market of Andhra Pradesh and be part of the EV revolution in India. With competitive products from BYD, along with an in-depth understanding of customer requirements, we endeavour to provide the best ownership experience for our customers.”
BYD India currently sells the e6 MPV to fleet customers in India.
Launched in November 2021 by BYD, the e6 electric MPV is aimed at Indian B2B customers. The e6 starts at Rs 29.15 lakh ex-showroom. It comes with a 71.7-kWh battery pack and a WLTC-certified (city), range of around 520km. The BYD electric motor of 70 kWh produces 94 bhp with 180 Nm peak torque. It can reach speeds of 130 km/h.
The e6’s battery uses lithium iron phosphate, which gives it 50% more volumetric energy density. Blade Battery Pack claims it has passed the nail penetration test which is the most rigorous method to determine the thermal runaway of batteries.