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BYD confirms the launch of the Dolphin and Seal in Europe and announces its specifications, including its autonomy

After the Atto 3, Han EV and Tang EV, the Chinese brand BYD has confirmed its next two launches for the European market: the compact Dolphin and the medium saloon seal. Both belong to the Ocean family, made up of models developed specifically for international markets, and are based on the e-Platform 3.0 already seen in the Atto 3.

The BYD Dolphin is a hatchback of 4.29 meters long with a generous wheelbase of 2.70 meters and a trunk of 345 liters. Among its rivals will be the MG4 Electric and the Volkswagen ID.3, entering to compete fully in the C segment, one of the most important categories of the old continent by sales volume.

The European units will be equipped with a 204 PS (150 kW) integrated into an “8 in 1” package (control unit, battery management system, power distribution unit, motor, motor controller, transmission and on-board charger). It will be a front-wheel drive vehicle, and will have four driving modes: Economy, Normal, Sport and Snow.

Its Blade batteries will be made up of LFP (lithium-ferrophosphate) cells and will have a capacity of 60 kWh. The autonomy will be located in 427km WLTP, a figure similar to that approved by its main competitors. Where it will be somewhat off the hook is in the charging section, since it will offer a peak of 88 kW in direct current (30-80% in 29 minutes).

BYD Dolphin

BYD to open order books in June and August respectively

The BYD Seal is a sedan of 4.80 meters long and a wheelbase of 2.92 meters. Its trunk holds 402 liters. Like its main contender, the extremely popular Tesla Model 3, the Asian will have to face both generalist sedans (Hyundai IONIQ 6, Volkswagen ID.7) and premium (BMW i4, Polestar 2) in the D segment.

Its range will consist of a rear-wheel drive version of 313 CV (230 kW) and another with all-wheel drive and 530 CV (390 kW). In both cases, the Blade battery with LFP chemistry will be 80 kWh, although the autonomy will differ: the RWD will reach 570km WLTPwhile the AWD will stay in 520km WLTP. The charging power will be significantly higher than in the Dolphin, as it announces 150 kW in direct current (30-80% in 26 minutes).

Order books in Europe will open in June (Dolphin) and end of August (Seal) respectively. The first installments of the compact will take place in autumnso the sedan could be delayed until the beginning of 2024. Although its official rates have not yet been communicated, we can expect the Dolphin to be around 30,000 euros and the Seal around 50,000 euros before aid, complementing the Atto 3 (41,400 euros). in the lower and middle range.

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