BYD Dolphin Takes the EU EV Market by Storm
- Written by : Ashton G. Curran
- Date Published : 2023-04-13
- Date Updated : 2023-04-13
- Category / Tag : articles
With its top-of-the-line equipment and design, the Dolphin is expected to challenge other compact electric cars already on the market.
The European version of the Dolphin boasts a 60 kWh battery with a range of 427 km in the WLTP cycle, making it a strong contender in the electric vehicle market.
Long Wheelbase and "Ocean Aesthetics" Style.
The BYD Dolphin's design is the first developed under the "Ocean Aesthetics" style, which is described as "elegant and highly recognizable." The car's rounded profile resembles a leaping dolphin, and its long wheelbase (2.70 meters) and short front and rear overhangs contribute to its overall length of 4.29 meters, width of 1.77 meters, and height of 1.57 meters.
The design and measurements of the Dolphin put it in direct competition with other electric C-segment cars on the market, such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Cupra Born.
BYD e-Platform 3.0.
The BYD Dolphin's e-Platform 3.0, which is the same platform as the Atto 3, offers ample legroom for rear passengers and a luggage compartment with variable volume from 345 to 1,310 liters with the rear seats folded.
The driver's seat is electrically adjustable in six ways, and the passenger seat in four ways.
Both seats are heated and upholstered in vegan leather.
The rear sofa is divided 60:40, while the passenger compartment has twenty storage compartments.
60 kWh Blade Battery.
The BYD Dolphin comes equipped with a "8 in 1" engine, which integrates vehicle control unit, battery management system, power distribution unit, permanent magnet synchronous motor, motor controller, transmission, DC-DC, and on-board charger.
This integration offers a system efficiency of 89%.
The Dolphin's 60 kWh Blade Battery LFP can be recharged in direct current with a maximum power of 88 kW to go from 30% to 80% of "full" power in 29 minutes.
The alternating current on-board charger is 11 kW.
The Dolphin has a maximum speed of 160 km/h and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds.
It also has four selectable driving modes: Sport, Normal, Economy, and Snow.
Interior and Equipment.
The BYD Dolphin's interior features include a panoramic sunroof for the top-of-the-range versions, a simple design of the dashboard and instrument panel that includes a central infotainment screen that rotates horizontally or vertically, and a reduction of physical buttons.
The Dolphin also has Vehicle-To-Load (VTOL) technology to power electrical equipment up to 3.3 kW and a range of driving aids, including automatic emergency braking, reverse traffic alert, and lane departure alert.
Additionally, it has adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree panoramic camera, blind spot detection, automatic high beam, and traffic sign recognition.
Pre-Sales and Launch.
The Italian price of the BYD Dolphin has not yet been announced, but pre-sales of the four trim levels are set to begin in the summer of 2023.
The first deliveries are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023.