After hearing so much about the company BYD, having enjoyed public transport in their electric busses in the UK, and knowing of some of their plans to scale across the African market, I was thrilled to be able to finally test drive a BYD car.
I test drove the BYD ATTO 3 at Fully Charged LIVE South in the UK. The ATTO 3 is the current available model in the UK and can be purchased from £36,490, with specs that “other car brands might charge an extra £20k for”, according to my test drive partner.
I thought it was a great car, most electric cars are! It’s just in their nature. Inside the ATTO 3, the windscreen and sunroof gave the car a huge amount of light and space which made for very enjoyable driving around Farnborough. I liked the funky features such as the guitar string door magazine holders or the interesting shell shaped inside door handles. I loved the large iPad size screen that can be used portrait or landscape with the push of a button.
Looking at the driving capabilities, the range is strong, with a WLTP Combined Range of 420km which it gets from a 60kWh battery. Charging capacity gives you the opportunity to charge with DC 88kW, should you have the power (I know that Audi, Rubicon and a few others are building chargers with more than this power in South Africa right now).
BYD were also busy launching their BYD Dolphin model into the UK, they selected the Fully Charge LIVE event as the UK launch platform for the Dolphin.
With state-of-the-art battery tech, ample tech included and extremely high build quality, could the BYD Dolphin be the new king of affordable EVs? 🤨— FullyCharged.SHOW (@FullyChargedShw) April 27, 2023
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On BYD’s website, it says that BYD cars are available in around 36 countries, including the 3 biggest car markets in the world – China, US, and India. In terms of Africa, their website only shows they are present in Morocco today, however I’ve seen their vehicles (mainly vans) being sold in Kenya. It is believed that they will be launching in other African countries this year, South Africa being one of them.
You can see Fully Charged Show’s full review of the new BYD DOLPHIN below: