Hong Kong is full of corona… In Hong Kong, as in all of China, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly Me and the owner of BYD e6 agreed to meet here for an interview But the guy called me, said, listen, it’s a very crowded place, you’d better come to me We won’t shoot a review in a beautiful place, let’s go to an ordinary place BYD is the one of the largest Chinese automakers and nowadays probably the leader in the production of electric cars The owner of BYD e6, whom we are all waiting for – very smart dude, why? About six months ago, when I put my Nissan e-NV200 on the market He wrote me, he said, let’s meet, I want to see the car I’m coming, see, it’s strange, two electric cars in one place together Didn’t seem like a coincidence He says, I want to buy a car for my wife, give me a ride, and so on He drove, took a look at the car, he looked at everything As a result, he declined, offered me to have a look on his car, well, I looked at it Thought, that’s a cool car, and we parted I found out that in Hong Kong BYD planned to promote their e6 cars like taxis But Toyota, which is now, probably, a monopolist in this market, has hustled out there and didn’t allow BYD to enter the Hong Kong market But the cars were imported, and as a result they were sold to their acquaintances their friends, relatives, it doesn’t matter So, the owner of BYD e6, whom we are waiting for, is one of these guys, who got the car most likely for very cheap In fact, there are few chargers and quick chargers for BYD in Hong Kong And now I wonder how he lives, how he charges his car, how much has it driven, what’s going on with it Because in China, these BYD e6 are used as taxis I met cars that have traveled more than a million kilometers, and they still drove In general, BYD e6 is such a car It showed its reliability as a taxi in Shenzhen It is big, it has a good clearance And a few months ago, my friend from Ukraine, Alexander suggested me buying taxis that have already completed their life cycle, and send them to Ukraine The idea didn’t work out because BYD buys back its old cars for 20-25 thousand yuan, what is 3-4 thousand USD Therefore, all taxi drivers give up their cars as the scrap, get a discount on a new car and Ukraine is still without cool BYD e6 cars And you will probably think that I learned that the cars go to the scrap, calmed down and gave up No, I went to the dump to found out if you can buy the same BYD e6 from there, well, of course they sell them But then comes an intractable problem, cars there are sold without documents And it’s impossible to export a used electric car from China without documents for a reasonable price Well, of course, a smart thought has appeared in the brain of a Ukrainian person – disassemble these cars and export as auto parts But, unfortunately, we have not reached this stage yet, it will be very difficult to realize it, because, all the same, documents need to be shown And dumps refuse to give any documents So the problem with the export of BYD e6 from China to Ukraine is frozen and not solved so far Many of you ask how to buy an electric car in China. and for cheap deliver it to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Poland and other countries Guys, it’s a very difficult procedure, I’ve been working on it for more than a month Now, unfortunately, coronavirus is spreading, so I temporarily suspended this job So, what the procedure is it, if it’s a new car, the automaker signs an agreement, and after that it is possible to send these cars, it provides an export license, so, documents for export are provided by the manufacturer himself This is a simple option, but it requires a serious quantity, which will interest the manufacturer to proceed all this The second option is to buy a used electric cars in the market, from someone in general, in the secondary market This option is complicated, because the export procedure requires a special export-import company that has a license for the export of used cars Electric cars were separated from ordinary cars, why did this happen? Because the Chinese government stimulates the domestic market and stimulates the development of the electric car industry in China Serious money is being invested in it, and so this serious money should not leave China, such an artificial barrier has been created The number of companies that have a license to export used electric cars is very limited So they set crazy prices for their services Just the registration of one container with 3, Well, maybe 4 electric cars cost about 8 thousand USD apart from the delivery itself, and so on and so forth So now we are looking for options and thinking how to make it cheaper So, BYD e6 This car appeared in the marked in 2010, and since then it has strengthen its positions on the taxi market in China, and not only in China This car has been delivering to the markets of the USA, Thailand, South America and Malaysia. For me, this car is special, because from this car my acquaintance with electric cars began In 2010, I moved to Hong Kong, and each time coming to the city of Shenzhen, I saw these taxis, at first they appeared very rarely to see this blue car, all the taxis were red, and these were blue – it was a luck By the mid-2010s, in 2015-16 there were more such cars Now, I think that 99 percent of taxis in Shenzhen are BYD e6 BYD e6 is a big car It is 4.6 meters long, meter 60 high and meter 80 wide But most importantly, the range is 300 kilometers So guys, here is Rex, the owner of this beautiful car. I will speak English, do not forget to turn on subtitles Rex! Hi! You bought this car in Hong Kong and this car, as I know, is very special in Hong Kong Yes When did you bought it? About 3 years ago I bought this, actually this car is Hong Kong taxi on the electric Really? Yes, the electric tax, yeah So what was the mileage when you bought it? Around 80 thousands something Oh, okay What is the mileage now? 130 something, yeah Do you live in the house or do you live in a big compound? Actually it’s a co-house, so I got the charge, everyday we charge it, yeah Okay, what I know about BYD in Hong Kong – there is not many fast charging stations in Hong Kong Not more than 25 charging from BYD in Hong Kong before But now it’s all discontinued for charging What? I don’t know, but because a taxi, the skim is all over So every BYD fast charger is all gone I have to use the adapter to adapt the other charge Do you have that adapter with you? Yes, I got it Can you show it? Yes, sure, of course, you see, this is from BYD original one and it’s changed to This is for the Europeans Do you know the BMW i3, it’s also the same charger on this one So that’s why I use this adapter to change then I can use the CLP fast charger So now you pretend that you’re BMW? Yeah This is very useful one, yeah Is it made by BYD or? No, but still in China, but not from BYD I know that you can order this special one for exchange the other adapter for the CLP How many owners in BYD e6 is in Hong Kong now? You mean in Hong Kong? Yeah Actually I remember is around 60 something of the e6 It’s good from one point of view, when you have it but if you wanna sell it I would keep it, I’m seriously Will you show inside? Yeah, why not? Want to get inside? Let’s go! The main question the owner of electric car will ask another owner of electric car What is the range now? Near 200 200 kilometer, but in summertime I turn the air cold on or you maybe accelerate really hard Probably 160 something Is 160 enough for you? For me is enough Because, basically, if you at your home, you can charge for all the night That’s the main point you can use EV in Hong Kong Aha, how long does it take for slow charging for your car? Hm, from 0 to 100? Yes Probably 20 something hours, yes So that means, you’re getting home, you plug it in, and during the night For the next day, but actually I don’t use the full power for every day I probably use 50-60 percent and than I plug it in overnight And the other day it’s full power, you can use it Within these 3 years did you experience something bad, I mean like really bad which made you very unhappy? I just got one experience to something wrong on that One is the electric parking, the handbrake parking The motor got something wrong on that I had to change it I didn’t get another trouble on that That’s really reliable, I mean for me because, you know, the BYD built, e6 model, actually, is the taxi in China, you know? Can you say how much roughly have you spent for the car maintenance for these 3 years? So you had like the parking motor Yeah, just a motor, just this price, is a thousand something HKD, not expensive Yeah, what else? The other is a lighter brakes and a tire That’s all the normal things, yeah That’s it? That’s it, seriously, for three years, seriously I didn’t make any big trouble on that, seriously You save a lot of fuel money to refuel, you know, electric is much cheaper than you use the gasoline Probably 20 cents HKD per kilometer 0.2 HKD? Yes What I’ve heard about gasoline cars, if someone will pay 1 HKD that will be very happy person Yeah, even though a small car, I mean gasoline, – more than 1 HKD for every kilometer So you save a lot? I save a lot, of course, yeah, definitely The paint job, or is it wrapped? It’s wrapped, yes The wrap of this car is quite unusual Yes Who’s design or who’s idea is that? The design is me You designed it? I designed it, seriously You’re the man, you’re the man, it’s so good And the wrap is also done by me and my wife Oh wow I’m seriously, yeah Good job, well done This moment only one electric vehicle, before I owned BMW i3, I got it What can you say about BMW i3? That’s really a huge acceleration, of course not comparing with Tesla, you know but the acceleration is really-really fast for me, yeah, and The handle is very good for Hong Kong because that’s the small and compact car to use but the main concern is the range, you know yeah, of course the battery is not really bad you know The actual range is around 100, maybe, listen, I use the same, 100 something, yeah That’s the point, yeah What other electric vehicles did you have I got the other Tesla Roadster Tesla Roadster, you have Roadster? Yes Till now, you still have it? I just sold it Oh you Yeah, a month ago I got it, yeah Oh, that’s the legendary car Oh, that’s a real rocket, it can fly to space How much did you sell it for? 300 thousand something HKD, yeah That’s, I don’t think it’s a convenient car – no switcher, no fast charging Yeah, no fast charging is a big problem, yeah but that car is quiet special, you know, that’s actually is a Lotus Elise, you know Yeah-yeah If you love the Lotus, you will love the Tesla Roadster Okay And I also got the other little toy It’s an old, is a really old one Mitsubishi I MiEV, you know No, I didn’t see that You didn’t know? That’s a really compact, like the Japanese K-car size yeah, but they use electric motor That’s actually is not for a long trip At this moment I can use around 80 something kilometer on that charge But still good for a local use, it’s okay What is your next electric car? Wow, this really hard to say You know, the Korean electric car in Hong Kong is quiet the price is really good on the, you saw the Kia Niro? I don’t know, I didn’t check it yet And the other one is a Hyundai Kona, you know? Yeah, I heard about that Also I like this one that compared with its style, and that the range is quiet good And they got two different size battery, one can go in 400 something Chinese people, they understand that they need electric cars now, and everyone will need it very soon And they’re choosing those who can interest them, Those countries, those companies which can interest them If you want to deal with electric cars, start now By the way, the contacts of the owner of this beautiful car will be in the link in the description It was Stepan and the URBAN ELECTRIC channel, wish you good mood, good luck, and bye!