Chinese automaker BYD has recently partnered with eSakay, Inc., a subsidiary of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), to serve as their sole provider of pure electric vehicles (“EVs”) for all their Green Mobility initiatives. The BYD e2 and BYD T3 – both full battery EV models – were the chosen models for the above-mentioned Green Mobility Program.
Through this program, Meralco has initiated its big leap towards the full electrification of its vehicle fleet in the coming years, which is part of the company’s commitment to utilize greener and more sustainable transportation solutions.
During the launch of their new EV fleet last December, Meralco Chief Sustainability Officer and eSakay President and CEO Raymond B. Ravelo graced the occasion and gave this statement: “Beyond delivering accessible and reliable electricity service to households and businesses, we, in Meralco, are also at the forefront of providing sustainable solutions to our customers. With our important and intensified shift to vehicle electrification, we hope to influence and inspire others to follow suit and to likewise embed sustainability in their operations.”
BYD’s EV and HEV line up consists of the Dolphin, a 5-door fully electric hatchback with a range of 300 kms on a full charge; the T3, a 7-seater fully electric van with a range of 250 kms per charge; the Tang, the premium luxury flagship 7 seater SUV with a range of 600 kms; and the Han, the premium luxury flagship sedan with a range of 600 kms.
Its cars also include Song Plus, a new generation hybrid SUV that is powered by BYD’s DM-I technology and has a 60km EV range and a 1.5 liter engine that acts as an EV range extender, which also powers the motors and recharges the battery, and only propels the vehicle when speeds are more than 80 km/h.
BYD, which literally stands for “Build Your Dreams”, has been the most aggressive among all Chinese car makers when it comes to EV production and use. The company has led the EV-olution of vehicles in China and is now making its presence felt all over the world. Its cars use game-changing blade batteries that are safer, lighter, more reliable, and more energy dense.