BYD India, the local arm of Chinese auto major BYD which is the world’s largest EV manufacturer and well entrenched in India’s electric bus market, has bagged orders for its recently revealed T3 electric cargo four-wheeler. Electric fleet operator Eto Motors has placed an initial order for 50 T3 cargo vehicles, which are to be pushed into service immediately.
According to BYD, with its cutting-edge EV technology, a single T3 MPV or minivan can save fuel consumption and emissions equivalent to five passenger cars. Both models require an hour-and-a-half to get fully charged using DC charging equipment, and both also support standard AC chargers. Once fully charged, both models can travel up to 300km.
The vehicles to be supplied will be designed and manufactured with BYD’s power battery, motor, motor controllers and powertrains. Eto Motors plans to substantially expand its electric cargo fleet with an order for 4,000 BYD-produced EVs comprising both three- and four-wheelers for freight and cargo operations. Eto Motors plans to deploy these 4,000 EVs across 20 cities over the next year to service logistics needs as wel as cater to online and brick-and-mortar retailiers.
Commenting on the partnership with Eto Motors, Ketsu Zhang, Executive Director, BYD India, said, “Developing and promoting a strong EV ecosystem and cultivating consumer awareness and confidence to adopt clean technology is our goal in making the planet better. The logistics segment is one of the largest users of transportation and resultant addition to the emissions is significant, the usage is only increasing over time with improved road infrastructure and rapid urbanisation and increasing consumer demand for retail products. Companies now have a ready solution to help them with their own sustainability goals without having to invest into vehicle ownership.”
Biju Mathews, Chief Executive Officer, ETO Motors said, “ETO Motors is committed to cause of clean mobility in India and is uniquely placed to seamlessly deploy the fleet of electric vehicles, be it enable clean shared and safe mobility for individuals or to transport cargo. First mile, last mile and intra-city solutions from ETO motors is made possible due to full control over the EV ecosystem related to manufacturing, EV infra and recharging and battery production tie-ups, service agreements and partnerships with several city metros and ride-share companies. Addition of cargo EVs in collaboration with Global clean energy Leader BYD, will help us service the sustainable supply chain logistic needs of retailers.”