It is a BYD sealed electric car, and has managed to score over 22,000 bookings in the first six hours in China. This represents more than 4 months of inventory, probably more than the BYD expected because they announced earlier that it plans to produce 60,000 units of seals a year.
The funny thing about the Seal is that it’s not going to be a left-hand drive car confined to the street in the Chinese domestic market. There are global right-hand drive plans for BYD seals. At least one right-hand drive has been confirmed in the global market – it will be known as the BYD Atto 4 in Australia.
BYD seal 4,800 mm long x 1,875 mm wide x 1,460 mm long, with 2,920 mm wheelbase. It has been billed as a Tesla Model 3 competitor
It is built on an 800V electric platform that is seen as a ‘new’ way of making electric cars, which means it is easier for seals to achieve high charging speeds on high efficiency DC chargers. The motors are powered by BYD’s Blade EV battery, which is said to be safe and has a low risk of catching fire.
In its most powerful 530 hp dual motor AWD version, the BYD Seal is claimed to achieve a sprint time of 0-100 km / h in 3.8 seconds. A slow single motor rear wheel drive version focused on efficiency is claimed to be able to go up to a range of 700 km.
This is usually the case with EVs – you usually can’t have both. Performance permitting tools will add weight that reduces range, so you need to decide what’s more important to you – range or acceleration.
How much will the right hand drive version cost in Australia? BYD Atto will open for bookings on 4 October 2022, with expected deliveries in March 2023. So we’re guessing the price will only be released in October. We will then be able to estimate the potential Malaysian price.
BYD has a presence in Malaysia but unfortunately there is no indication that passenger vehicles are destined for our market. As you can see from the bookings, the demand has apparently surpassed the supply for these desirable EVs and Malaysia is sadly at the bottom of the priority list for many of these car makers.
The only BYD electric vehicle destined on our roads is the commercial vehicle – CSH Alliance, which has entered into a partnership with BYD Malaysia to distribute and market BYD commercial electric vehicles in the country, said it has offered to acquire three adjoining plots of 55.3186 industrial lands. Acres in Tanjong Malim, Perak cash RM12 million.
Land will be used to set up an assembly plant for the preparation of CKD production of BYD T3 fully-electric commercial vehicles, aimed at the logistics and transportation industries.