While the old-timer of the Volkswagen market complains about the impossibility of creating an electric car for 20,000 euros, the Chinese company BYD is already preparing to bring the Dolphin hatchback to the European market, which will be offered here at a price of 30,000 euros. The Chinese giant plans to start selling the Seal and Dolphin models this year, they will complement the three BYD electric car models already offered in the region.
At least on the company’s European website, the banner says about the imminent appearance of not only the relatively affordable Seal sedan (pictured left), which acts as a more democratic alternative to the flagship Han, but also the Dolphin hatchback (pictured in the background), which, after the December feature upgrades have risen in price for Chinese buyers. The machine with a 95-horsepower electric motor is equipped with a new generation LFP-type traction battery with a capacity of 45 kW‧h; for the initial configuration, a cruising range of about 420 km according to the NEDC cycle is declared.
In a more expensive configuration, we recall, the power of the Dolphin traction motor rises to 177 hp, but the power reserve is reduced to 401 km due to improved dynamics. The initial variant of the BYD Dolphin is expected to be offered in Europe starting at €30,000, with a 60kWh battery option available for local buyers for an additional €8,000, capable of driving 427km in more realistic European cycles. According to BYD representatives, the Dolphin model will be in demand in the southern regions of Europe, since the lack of all-wheel drive may repel buyers in the northern countries, where they have to move on slippery surfaces in winter, from an inexpensive novelty. BYD now offers the flagship Tang crossover and Han sedan in Europe, as well as the more affordable Atto-3 compact crossover.
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