Update: BYD Dolphin spotted in Sydney.
coming up 2023 BYD Dolphin electric hatch, certified for Australiahas been spied by Twitter user Lachlan Smith in Sydney this week.
Full Australian details are yet to come, but earlier talks with Wheels Media were seen in August. Luke ToddManaging Director of EVDirect, BYD’s Australian distributor, confirms this. Pre-orders will begin before the end of 2022.
Since it’s almost December, those plans may have changed, and we’ll update this story as more details become available.
What is BYD Dolphin?
As mentioned earlier, BYD Dolphin There is a small hatch about the size of a yaris. Although not confirmed, it is expected to be Australia’s first electric vehicle available at a price in the $30,000 range.
Continue reading for more details on BYD’s model expansion in Australia.
The story here
August 2: 2023 BYD Dolphin and Sail confirmed for Australia, pre-orders to begin later this year
- 2023 BYD Dolphin and Sail confirmed for Australia
- Pre-orders are scheduled to begin later this year.
- Other models arriving locally, including a possible ute and larger SUV
EV DirectChinese electric vehicle brand BYD’s local third-party distributor has confirmed. BYD Dolphin Hatchback And BYD Sale Sedan Coming in the first half of 2023.
Talking with The wheels Following a media event at Eager Automotive’s ‘Automall’ in Brisbane’s Indooroopilly shopping centre, EVDirect managing director Luke Todd reiterated that pre-orders for both models will begin by the end of 2022.
BYD vehicles will be available for purchase online or at select physical dealerships operated by Eagers Automotive, with the Atto 3 small electric SUV slated to arrive locally in the coming weeks.
Other models, including an electric dual-cab ute and larger SUV, are reported to arrive in Australia in the coming years.
Todd said the company expects a production capacity of 3,000 each per month, which is expected to be filled based on current demand for the Atto 3.
However, with monthly VFACTS data measured by vehicle registrations, units are likely to roll out to consumers over several months – but still comfortably place BYD in the top 20 brands.
As reported, BYD cell With sales starting this week in China, there’s a rival to the best-selling Tesla Model 3. small Dolphin hatchback About the size of the Toyota Yaris, it’s set to become Australia’s cheapest electric vehicle, starting in the low-to-mid $30,000 range.
For more information, check out our previous interview with EVDirect’s Managing Director Luke Todd below.
April 5: BYD is planning an aggressive model expansion in Australia.
- A mid-size dual-cab ute is available and will be unveiled next year.
- Seals and Dolphins are available for pre-order this year.
- $200m green bond to fund expansion
BYD’s Australian distributor, EVDirect, is planning an aggressive expansion into the local market as the Blade battery-powered Atto 3 has made a strong start in online orders despite the car not arriving until at least July.
Addressing. The wheels During our time evaluating the left-hand drive Atto 3, EVDirect CEO Luke Todd outlined BYD’s plans over the next 18 months.
As expected, the Dolphin hatchback will be available for pre-order later in 2022, though a new name is expected for the small car.
After a year of speculation that the Atto 3 would launch in the mid-$30,000s, it’s likely that the Mazda 2-sized Dolphin will be the only one to dip into that more affordable price bracket.
update: We have now driven the new electric BYD Atto 3 SUV. Read and watch our review at the link below.
Next, the Sail sports sedan – yet to be officially unveiled, but already caught on spy cameras – Todd also expects a new name and pre-orders by the end of the year. Likely to be unveiled during April, the Chinese market cars will comprise of single and dual motor variants.
The Cellato shares its e-Platform 3.0 architecture as well as its Blade battery technology, and is positioned similarly to the much-loved, but undersold, Kia Stinger.
Perhaps the most enticing prospect in the BYD lineup is the mid-size dual-cab ute, which doesn’t have a name yet.
“It’s real,” Mr. Todd said. “It is under development and I have seen it. We will try to open pre-orders for it in 2023 for delivery in late 2023.
An electric ute to go up against the Ranger, Hilux and Triton will no doubt be hugely popular, especially as fuel prices hover well around the two-dollar mark and the obvious benefits of delivering power to the wheels are very attractive. Will – not just for traders. , but different types of mobile businesses.
Todd also explained why the Atto 3, initially at least, won’t change much from its home market specifications. There won’t be local Australian market tuning for the suspension, steering or brakes – save for some minor changes that aren’t difficult to integrate into a dedicated right-hand drive production line.
“We have limited room to modify the car, but we make changes wherever we can. It’s balanced against the high production we want, so we want to get the balance right.
A lot has happened since the launch of the Atto 3 in Sydney, with high demand for the compact SUV fueling the fast-tracking of expansion plans.
To “strengthen” the local operation, EVDirect wants to raise $200 million through green bonds. Green bonds are funded by private and institutional investors and are only available to sustainable businesses that meet certain criteria.
“The United Nations has seventeen pillars of stability and we tick almost every one of them.”
EVDirect’s servicing partnership with MyCar has already expanded from the original eight locations to a planned 30. MyCar – formerly known as Kmart Tire and Auto – had selected sites to supply and service BYD cars, but pre-orders suggested more were needed and more sites were being evaluated. Because MyCar itself creates new spaces.
Todd also confirmed that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with publicly listed car dealership network Eggers Automotive, but said he was unable to comment further due to rules surrounding public disclosure. which may affect the share price of the company.
BYD’s first publicly available model will start arriving in July at a rate of 1,500 per month, with the ability to double that number if needed.
Read and watch our review here.