The BYD D1 is an electric car specifically designed for use as a taxi and for ride hailing. It was co-developed with DiDi Chuxing, the Chinese rival to Uber and Grab.

All-electric range according to the NEDC cycle is 418 km (260 miles) from a roughly 50kWh battery, with an energy consumption of 12.8 kWh/100 km. The electric motor has a peak system output of 100 kW and 180 Nm of torque, giving the D1 a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). Dimensions are 4,390/1,850/1,650m.

DiDi and BYD are planning to put 100,000 units of the D1 in use in 2021, and this could expand to a fleet of 1 million units on the streets by the end of 2025. If that seems like a lot, take a look at some of the stats for the ride hailing platform:

  • over 550 million registered passengers and 31 million registered drivers
  • about 1 million plug-in vehicles in use (represents 1/5 of the daily mileage), the world’s largest shared EV network
  • about 60 million trips a day, which translates to over 10 billion trips per year

Car sales statistics from China only include domestic production and exclude imported models.

 

BYD
D1 EV
2020
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November 201
December 1.000

BYD
D1 EV
2020 1.201

 

Sources: Manufacturers, Chooseauto.