BYD Atto 3 and BYD Dolphin will bring down the price of electric cars.
Elly Awesome, a tech blogger, looked for a “affordable” electric car because gas prices are so high. She found one, and some people even get a $3k bonus.
At the moment, gas prices are very high, and I know that everyone feels pain when they fill up. Partly because of this, I’ve been on a mission to find cheaper ways to get to work, like electric cars.
This led me to look into whether or not there are any “affordable” electric cars in Australia, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
I’ve recently become interested in the Chinese electric car brand BYD (short for Build Your Dreams).
It’s a funny name for a brand, but the company that makes electric cars is very good at what it does.
BYD started out as a company that made batteries. They are still a well-known battery brand, and it’s been almost twenty years since they started making cars.
In China, many BYD vehicles are used for public transportation, and the Electric Blu Sydney Airport buses, which are BYD electric vehicles, may have passed you by or you may have been on one.
Even though BYD is a relatively new brand for Australians, this car company is ready to make a big splash in the Australian electric vehicle market.
People have said that more than 3,600 people have already put down a $1000 deposit to pre-order BYD’s Atto 3 through EVDirect, which is the only Australian importer. This happened earlier this year.
This will be the first BYD car to come to Australia, and it will cost $44,990 drive-away when it arrives in July. This will be Australia’s cheapest electric car ever, and if you order it from NSW, you may even be able to get a $3000 cashback from the government. The car comes in red, blue, gray, and white, and a fully charged battery can take it more than 400 km.
Even more exciting is the rumor that, at the end of the year, EVDirect will also import the BYD Dolphin, which is the company’s smaller car. And the Dolphin is said to cost around $35,000 Australian dollars. If this is true, it would be by far the cheapest electric car in Australia. This will make it a real option to mid-range gasoline cars.
I recently went to the BYD showroom in Sydney and looked at both of these cars. I was amazed by how they were made. They both have very futuristic interiors with large touchscreens in the middle of the dashboard that can be rotated, wireless phone charging, regenerative braking that charges the battery when you brake, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Q4 2022.
More exciting, they both have Vehicle to Load adaptors that let you plug in and power any regular household appliance with a three-prong plug, like a TV, laptop charger, blender, or generator.
Both cars can go about 400 km on a full charge. They can be charged at home by plugging them into a wall, which is slow, or at a charging station, which is faster.
If you use a fast charger at an EV charging station, it should only take 30 minutes for both cars to go from about 30% battery to 80% battery.
And from what I’ve seen, it only costs about $7–$10 to fully charge an electric car at a public station in Australia. And unlike other hybrid or electric cars with disappointing battery lives, the BYD Atto 3 (Dolphin unknown) comes with a seven-year warranty, giving you long-term confidence in your EV investment.
I haven’t been able to test drive either car yet—I’ve only been able to play with them in the showroom—but I can’t wait to test drive the Atto 3 in the coming months. From June to July, you should be able to test drive the Atto 3 at the BYD showroom in Sydney. You can find out more about the car through the Australian company EVDirect.