3 million NEVs, its own ships and more: BYD is ready to expand its footprint around the world

We really need to electrify small passenger vehicles as well as buses all over the world and not just in the developed world. BYD is one of the companies taking the lead in bringing electric passenger vehicles to most parts of the world. BYD is ramping up production of electric vehicles powered by its revolutionary Blade battery.

Last month, BYD factories produced 220,107 NEVs compared to 81,575 NEVs in October 2021. So far in 2022, BYD has produced 1,411,690 NEVs according to a company announcement. That’s probably why BYD now has more room to ship its EVs to more markets around the world than other OEMs in North America or Europe. BYD is literally taking its electric cars out into the world and it seems like we get a new market entry announcement from BYD every week, which is good for catalyzing the adoption of electric vehicles.

Today, BYD announced a new milestone. The 3 millionth BYD NEV has rolled off the production line. This unit was a BYD seal. Here are some specs of the all-new BYD Seal sedan:

Standard range version

  • Motor 150 kW and 310 Nm
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds
  • Battery capacity 61.44 kWh
  • Autonomy: approximately 430 km (WLTP)

The BYD Seal also has a long range version (82.56 kWh battery):

  • 230 kW and 360 Nm motor
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds

As well as an all-wheel-drive Performance version

  • 390 kW and 670 Nm motors
  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds
  • Battery capacity 82.56 kWh

Earlier this year, BYD stopped making complete ICE vehicles to focus only on plug-in models. Its range now includes battery electric vehicles and DM-i plug-in hybrid models. Plug-in hybrids have divided opinion for years. Some believe that with so much progress made so far with modern battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids shouldn’t be necessary. Some people think there’s still a place for plug-in hybrids, especially in places where the charging infrastructure isn’t as developed or widespread. Some believe that some owners of plug-in hybrid vehicles rarely use them in electric mode. However, a number of modern plug-in hybrid models have fairly good electric-only range. DM-i models feature BYD’s revolutionary Blade battery, ranging from 8.3 to 21.5 kWh, enabling vehicles to travel between 50 and 120 km in all-electric mode. To put that into perspective, the first generation Nissan Leaf had a 24kWh battery and the range wasn’t much over 120km.

BYD is now aggressively expanding its overseas presence and entering new markets in Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, India, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia are some of the markets in which BYD recently announced the addition of several models, including the critically acclaimed Atto 3. The other day, BYD announced that it had signed a new partnership agreement with LEAL Group for the island nation of Mauritius.

As BYD ramps up exports of its electric vehicles, reports indicate that BYD has ordered its own auto transport vessels to lead this massive export campaign. The report says the 8 ships, which will cost nearly $700 million, will each have a capacity to carry 7,700 vehicles. Interesting times ahead and all good for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. The good thing about BYD is that it doesn’t just make vehicles for the rich. Its new portfolio includes affordable small sedans such as the BYD Dolphin. Affordable electric vehicles that are competitively priced against their ICE counterparts are what’s needed to really accelerate the transition to electric mobility around the world.

Image by BYD

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