It is an electric compact that is very popular in China and is expected to land in Europe in the future. Find out its notional value and more, here on TORK!
Perhaps a surprising fact to many is that China is the only country in the world that is rapidly adopting innovative solutions regarding sustainable energy for mobility and transport. In this Asian giant, one can see the immense presence of all kinds of new automakers, fully committed to electricity as their new form of propulsion.
One of the clearest and most relevant examples is the giant manufacturer BYD Auto, a subsidiary of the Chinese multinational BYD Co Ltd. This is a fairly young Chinese company, founded in 2003. While the parent company is a few years old, having been established in 1995. For the purpose of making batteries. In fact, most Motorola, Nokia and Siemens phones at the time had BYD batteries.
Having understood a little where this brand came from, we tell you that, currently completely immersed in the automotive world, it has a wide range of models. Late last year, it also introduced its new sub-brand called Yanwang to produce luxury vehicles. One of its most surprising models is its Yangwang U8, an SUV designed to compete against brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover.
Returning to the world a little more modestly, one of its big bets is its recent BYD Seagull, which is an affordable electric city car, so its features follow suit. Its body format is that of a four-seat five-door hatchback.
What’s amazing about this little guy is that just 24 hours after its presentation in China and the fact that the option to reserve it is available for this country, the BYD Seagull already had over 10,000 orders. Which is why, without any doubt, it aims to become the best-selling car of the brand.
Its engine will have a power of 55 kW (75 CV), with a capacity of 30.7 kWh. Its top speed will be limited to 130 km/h. Regarding autonomy, it is expected to reach 300 km according to the Chinese CLTC cycle. It remains to be seen how this data translates once it goes through WLTP approval.
To convert the most affordable version of this BYD Seagull will cost around 8,200 euros. In the case of ending the landing in our country, the final bill would increase significantly, but everything indicates that it would be well below the more than 20,000 euros that Dacia asks for its spring. If you prefer the option with more power and range, which approves an autonomy of 400 kilometers in the Chinese cycle, the exchange value rises to 11,000 euros.