BYD Dolphin: A New Small Electric Car for the European Market
Chinese automaker BYD has announced the pricing and specifications for its new small electric car, the BYD Dolphin, which will be available in the UK later this year. The Dolphin will be offered in four trim levels: Active, Boost, Comfort, and Design, with prices starting from €29,990 in mainland Europe, which translates to roughly £26,000 in the UK. The car will be available with two battery options: a 44.9kWh battery that offers 93bhp and around 211 miles of range, and a larger 60.4kWh battery with 265 miles of range and a more powerful 201bhp electric motor supported by 228lb ft of torque.
Charging and Driving Modes
The BYD Dolphin can charge at up to speeds of 88kW, which takes the battery from 0-80% in around 29 minutes. The car also has four driving modes: Sport, Normal, Economy, and Snow. Standard equipment includes a rotating, 12.3in touchscreen, a heat pump, and a suite of safety technology such as emergency braking, traffic alerts, lane assist, and adaptive cruise control. Also included is a 360deg camera.
Range-Topping Comfort Cars
Range-topping Comfort cars gain a panoramic sunroof, a vehicle-to-load power strip, rear privacy glass, and wireless phone charging. Prices for this model start from €37,690 (£32,387). There will be a wide range of exterior finishes to choose from, including optional dual-tone paint and a panoramic glass roof, in keeping with the brand’s efforts to pitch itself as a semi-premium offering on a par with the likes of Kia and Hyundai.
Size and Interior
At 4290mm long, the new BYD Dolphin sits in between the Peugeot e-208 and Volkswagen ID 3 in size. It is based on the same e-Platform 3.0 as the BYD Atto 3 family hatchback with which the brand launched its UK offensive earlier this year. The interior of the Dolphin is a more conventional-looking affair than the wildly styled interior of the Atto 3, but the Dolphin still gets some aquatic-themed details including what one company source describes as “dolphin-shaped interior door handles that will bring a joyful twist”. A comparably spacious three-person rear bench and a 345-litre boot also make the BYD Dolphin an interesting small family car option, straddling the traditional B- and C-segment hatchback classes.
Discounted Charging Rate
Thanks to a tie-up with Shell Recharge, BYD Dolphin drivers will also get a discounted charging rate at Shell charging stations, and early takers will also get over 1000 miles of free public charging. As with the BYD Atto 3, the Dolphin will be sold through a number of established dealers including Arnold Clark, Pendragon, Lookers, and LSH Auto. Deliveries for the Dolphin will begin across Europe in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The BYD Dolphin is an exciting new addition to the European electric car market, offering a range of features and options that make it an attractive option for small families and city drivers. With its competitive pricing, long-range battery options, and tie-up with Shell Recharge, the Dolphin is sure to be a popular choice for eco-conscious drivers looking for an affordable and reliable electric car.