It all started with BYD launching the Atto 3 SUV, which at the time was Australia’s most affordable ground-up electric car in 2022. A ground-up electric car is a car that’s engineered to be an electric car, rather than a conventional car that has been converted into an electric car.
Now, BYD has announced Australia’s most affordable EV. It’s the new with a starting price of $38,890 before on-roads. The on-road costs include state and territory stamp duty, number plate and luxury car tax costs when applicable. The top of the range model is priced at $49,990 before on-roads.
The base model is powered by a 70kW single motor that can offer up to 180Nm of torque, making it quite zippy around town. The top-spec models bump that up to 150kW and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 7 seconds.
The battery in the more affordable variant includes a 44.9kWh pack, which can deliver up to 340 kilometres of range on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). This is one of the standards used to see how far an electric car can travel on a single charge.
The higher-end variants offer a larger 60.48kWh battery pack, which can deliver up to 427 kilometres of WLTP range.
Dimensions of this car put it just a tad bit shorter than a Toyota Corolla hatch, coming in at 4,290mm in length.
On the inside, there is a 12.8-inch rotatable screen in the centre console, which can be rotated from portrait to landscape with the press of a button on the steering wheel.
The Dolphin comes in four colours and interested buyers can order one online with first deliveries expected to start in October 2023.