BYD takes its electric “dolphin” to Europe

BYD takes its electric “dolphin” to Europe


The electric hatchback BYD Haitun (EA1), whose name translates to “dolphin”, has begun picking orders in China. The five-door designed for women was the first to use the e-platform 3.0 and the design concept “ocean (marine) aesthetics” from Wolfgang Egger. Power of 70 kW (95 hp, 180 Nm) is valid for both versions, which differ not only in the design of the bumpers.

Haitun’s public debut took place at the ChinaJoy Game Industry Achievement Exhibition, held from July 31 to August 3 in Shanghai. The range of “presale prices” from 110,000 to 130,000 yuan ($ 17,000-20,100) was also announced there. There are five body colors, but the bonnet is always dark.

The versions differ in length (4070 and 4125 mm), curb weight (1285 and 1405 kg), Blade battery capacity (30.72 and 44.92 kWh) and NEDC range (301 and 405 km). Width, height and wheelbase are the same (1770, 1570, 2700 mm), as well as the maximum speed (150 km / h).

Interior design, in theory, reflects the fluidity of water and ripples on its surface. There are two types of fabric finishing (with a durable or “delicate” texture) and five shades. There is a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, digital tidy (about 5-7 inches), touchscreen (10-12) and two “drum” button blocks.

“Dolphin” will enter the Chinese market in the fall and will target the “good cat” Ora Haomao with the “red rabbit” Haval Chitu HEV. Then Haitun, changing his name to Dolphin, will set off to conquer Europe, probably together with relatives BYD D1 and Yuan Pro. Finally, let’s say a few words about the platform. Development of version 1.0 started in 2003 and resulted in BYD e6 (2009). BYD Qin is considered a striking representative of generation 2.0 (2018). Variant 3.0 debuted in Beijing in the spring and will now form the basis of all new electric cars of the brand.

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