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It's not a 'real manual transmission', so don't get too excited yet yer gearheads. And, e3s are only available to driving schools in China.

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The car has a real clutch and a large brake pedal on the passenger side.
The Chinese market has some interesting peculiarities. The Chinese driver’s license has two main categories: C1 and C2. The C2 driver’s license allows you only to drive automatic vehicles. That makes most drivers seek the C1 driver’s license, which would be more complete. To help these citizens become more complete drivers in a clean way, BYD developed a version of the e3 EV with a manual transmission.
You did not read it wrong. The e3 EV with a manual transmission would have a real clutch but not a real manual transmission, according to Sohu. Instead, it has a shift mechanism that mimics a 5-speed gearbox.
We got in touch with BYD to try to learn more about how the system works and how it behaves. If it is not like a combustion-engined car with a manual gearbox would, we wonder if it accomplishes the task of teaching these drivers how not to stall the engine and depart smoothly, for example. We also wonder how strong is this clutch to cope with the torque of an electric motor.
The other changes were the replacement of the electronic handbrake for a mechanical one – activated by a lever, like cars once had them – and the addition of a brake pedal on the passenger side for the driving instructor to stop the car if necessary. The driving instructor also gets an auxiliary horn switch and additional rear-view mirrors.
The e3 EV “with a manual transmission” comes with four driving modes: economy, teaching, throttle lock, and sport. BYD also sells it with a tri-color scheme that is used by driving school vehicles in China: the original color on the pillars and roof, brown for the hood, trunk lid, and upper part of the doors, and yellow for the bumpers and lower part of the doors.
Being so specific, this special e3 EV can only be bought by driving schools and instructors, and it costs RMB131,800 ($20,465 at the current exchange rate). The e3 EV comes with a Blade Battery with a capacity of 38 kWh and a range of 350 km.
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Ford did this a few years ago, with an EV Mustang. The EV engine was up front, and it spun a traditional 6 speed manual transmission, which turned the rear wheels. There’s no reason why an EV motor can’t be paired with a traditional manual transmission, in this straight forward manner.



An electrified street-ready beast, Mustang Lithium is low and sleek, with custom carbon fiber body components, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels. Under the hood, the differences are electrifying: a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters – all powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology that can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy.

At 800 volts, that’s twice the voltage of most electric cars on the road today. This allows the system to be lighter, more powerful and generate less heat, and more electric force than most battery-electric systems on the road today.

In a unique twist, Mustang Lithium features a manual transmission and uses a drag-strip proven Calimer-version of the Getrag MT82 6-speed transmission with billet internals to handle the 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque. Ford Performance half shafts and Super 8.8 Torsen® differential help supply power to the road via lightweight Forgeline wheels wearing Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires.
 

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I've been to China a few times. I have a hard time believing ANYONE went to driving school!
Fun fact. In many areas of China, the individual at faulty is responsible for paying the medical bills of the victim FOR LIFE. Because of this law, the at fault driver usually ensures the victim does not get up in the event of an accident. No joke lol.

TLDR. Get into a "my neck hurts" accident in China.
 
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