CHanna’s BYD It has begun rolling out its electric vehicles in Europe, as it continues its global expansion.
The company announced its entry into the European market two years ago, with the debut of three vehicles at the 2022 Paris Motor Show this week.
This follows BYD’s launch in Australia this year, managed locally by third-party distributor EVDirect.
The launch includes the Atto 3 small SUV, which arrived in Australia last month, and two LHD-only vehicles: the Han sedan and the Tang large SUV.
EVDirect previously said the Han and Tang would arrive in Australia this year, however, both models will remain exclusively left-hand drive.
Instead, it is expected to launch the Tesla Model 3-competing BYD Seal sedan in Australia next year, while the BYD Dolphin – a Volkswagen ID.3-sized hatchback – is also reported to be on the way.
While the Han and Tang are available in China with a plug-in hybrid setup, only all-electric versions will be sold in Europe – joining the electric-only Atto 3 (and its home-market name Yuan Plus).
European versions of the Atto 3 are similar to the range-extended ones sold in Australia, with a front electric motor producing 150kW and 310Nm, and a 60kWh lithium-ion ‘blade’ battery with a WLTP-rated driving range of 420km. Allows for. .
With similar dimensions to the Tesla Model S large sedan, the BYD Han measures 4995mm in length, 1910mm wide and 1495mm tall, with a 2920mm wheelbase.
It has a dual-motor, all-wheel drive system that produces 380kW, a claimed 3.9-second 0-100km/h sprint time – indicated by the tailgate badge – and a WTLP rating. It has a 521-km driving range.
The final model, the BYD Tang seven-seat large SUV, was first introduced in 2018. It received a facelift in 2021, with dimensions between the Tesla Model Y and Model X.
It measures 4870mm long, 1950mm wide and 1725mm tall, with a 2820mm distance between the wheel centers – shorter than the Model Y’s 2890mm wheelbase.
With a similar powertrain to the Han, the Tang also produces 380kW, but offers a claimed 400km driving range with a larger 86.4kWh lithium-ion ‘blade’ battery.