A Tesla Model S for the price of a Model 3? This is what this Chinese manufacturer promises when it comes to France

The Chinese giant BYD, which ranks second in the world in electric cars, has finally announced the prices of its three models reserved for France: Atto 3, Han and Tang. What to compete with Tesla, the leader of the sector?

Article updated on October 16, 2022 : During an event in Paris on October 15, Chinese manufacturer BYD announced the prices of three electric cars that have just gone on sale in France.

Therefore, its price will start at 39,990 euros for the cheapest Atto 3 for 50 kWh (350 km autonomy) and 43,690 euros for the 60 kWh version (420 km autonomy).

Prices for the Han sedan and Tang SUV start at 70,800 euros.

If it is a good surprise for the Han and Tang, which are cheaper than the first prices introduced in Germany, it is less interesting for the Atto 3, which is almost 2000 euros more than the first prices across the Rhine.

Original article September 28, 2022 : The Chinese giant BYD is coming to France and it’s not taking things in halves. The prices of its three electric cars (Han, Tang and Atto 3) have been announced. At least we can say that they are aggressive for some.

2023 promises to be a wave of Chinese electric car manufacturers in Europe and especially in France. We already knew that China’s BYD, the world number 2 in electric cars, is going to Europe. The latter finally reveals the European price of the three electric cars, Han, Tang and Atto 3.

BYD Atto 3: a compact SUV for 38,000 euros

The BYD Atto 3 is an electric SUV with a length of 4,455 m, a trunk of 440 liters and a range of 420 km with a 60.48 kWh LFP Blade battery. The power level will need 150 kW sent to the front wheels to reach a limited speed of 160 km/h from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.

It will be sold in Europe 38,000 euros, excluding bonuses. This is attractively priced as it competes with the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, which retail for €44,490 and €41,700 for ranges of 460 km and 484 km, respectively.

BYD Han: Model S for 72,000 euros?

BYD Han is a long electric sedan (4,995 m) that wants to take on the premium segment like Mercedes-Benz EQE or Tesla Model S. Thus, there is a 380 kW engine that supplies four-wheel drive, which allows you to go from below. It reaches 0 to 100 km in 3.9 seconds. The trunk is a bit small for the category at just 410 liters. Its combined WLTP range is 521 km (85.4 kWh LFP Blade battery) and its speed is limited to 180 km/h.

Inside, there’s a luxurious feel, with two screens in the rear that allow passengers to adjust the inclination of the Nappa leather seats, control sunroof opening, ambient lighting or ventilation. However, we’re a long way from the new Tesla Model S Plaid’s rear screen, which lets rear passengers play. A little extra: the suspensions are controlled.

The announced price of 72,000 euros seems to be in a fairly good position compared to the competition, as it is close to the price of the Tesla Model 3 Performance. However, this should be confirmed during dynamic testing.

BYD Tang: 7-seater SUV for €72.00

Finally, the BYD Tang is a large, three-row, seven-seat SUV. The engine is similar to the BYD Han, with a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and an 86.4 kWh LFP Blade battery at 400 km with reduced range. As for the luggage compartment, the car offers 235 liters in the seven-seater version and 940 liters in the five-seater version.

Thus, the BYD Tang competes directly with the Tesla Model Y at €49,990 (but where is the seven-seater version in Europe?), but also the Mercedes EQB at €58,200 or the Tesla Model X at €110,000. Therefore, the price position of the Chinese new car is a bit strange compared to other BYD cars.

Common points between the three BYD cars

All three electric cars from the Chinese manufacturer have a panoramic roof, use a standard heat pump to increase range in cold weather, as well as heat and cool the battery, and come with an eight-year warranty. There are also many driving aids to offer level 2 semi-autonomous driving.

The prices shown are for Germany and may vary by national market. This is the first market to be served with the first deliveries from the end of the year, along with Belgium, the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries. will be possible to do Order in the coming days after the Paris Motor Show here the brand will present three models and exact prices for each country.

for France and first deliveries in the UK will have to wait until next year, 2023.

Weaknesses of BYD cars

The big drawback of BYD Han, Tang and Atto 3 is the charging power: between 120 and 130 kW maximum, which translates into about thirty minutes from 30 to 80%. The limit when the competition goes from 10 to 80%, or even 18 minutes, in the same time period for cars that use 800-volt electric architecture, such as the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Porsche Taycan.

We are waiting for you from October 17th, as we will be at the Mondial de l’Auto exhibition in Paris to present these three electric cars to you in detail.

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