BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is the world’s leading electric vehicle business with proven breakthrough technologies for automobiles, buses, trucks, forklifts, and rail systems.
Recently, BYD shared its sales numbers for the past month. Total cars sold: 67,630 in August, at 90.5% YoY and 18.7% month-over-month. But we don’t care about all cars sold. We care about EVs. BYD sold 30,382 battery-electric vehicles, with astonishing 222.7% year-over-year growth. To put this number into a perspective, we are going to compare this number with some of its competitors. In August, Li delivered a total of 9,433 units. Xpeng followed its lead with a total of 7,214, and NIO was the worst performing of the three at 5,880 units. All three Chinese brands combined still have fewer sales than the one BYD.
According to the data of EV Sales, in July 2021, BYD returned to the top of the global NEV sales in a single month after 26 months, surpassing Volkswagen to claim third place in terms of cumulative sales from January to July.
BYD Han Review
BYD Han, the flagship model that we’re going to talk about, sold 9,035 units in August. Besides the technology offered, the company prouds itself with safety features. Let’s review why the Chinese customer base likes this car model so much.
BYD Han got its name from the Han Dynasty, the first golden age of Imperial China. This vehicle is a mid-size luxury sedan and is available in an all-electric or a plug-in hybrid variant. As we’re an electric vehicle magazine, we will review the electric version today only. As for the hybrid model: it has a hybrid drivetrain that produces 180 kW (240 hp) from its rear permanent-magnet synchronous motor and 141 kW (189 hp) from the 2.0TI gasoline engine, bringing the combined output power to 321 kW (430 hp). The Han EV won 2021 iF Design Award, the first-ever sedan model from a Chinese car brand. This vehicle is a direct competitor to a Tesla Model S.
Performance and Range
BYD Han offers a couple of variants to its buyers: a 65kWh or a 77kWh range model, and a single or dual E-motor version. The version with a single motor has a front-wheel drive, while dual-motor has an all-wheel drive. Both of them contain the world’s first MOSFET motor control module, which fuels the 3.9 second 0-100km/h acceleration. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Han’s braking distance requires only 32.8 meters from 100km/h to a standstill. Per NEDC standards, the 65kWh battery will be able to cover 500km (314 miles), while the 77kWh will be at a range of around 600km (376 miles). Now, NEDC does not give real-world numbers most of the time, and WLTP is a preferred way to go. With that in mind, we will assume that both versions should have a range of about 100km (60 miles) less, than what the NEDC said. So about 400km/500km for 65kWh/77kWh, which is still a good range for a vehicle of such size. BYD Han utilizes a new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery named by the BYD as “Blade Battery”. They claim it takes up less space, and it is safer than the other batteries when it comes to thermal runaway (overheating). The test they took was unconventional, to say the least: the battery was pierced with a nail while a raw chicken egg was placed on top of it. The battery’s temperature remained low even after it was pierced, and the egg remained uncooked. BYD also claims to have heated the battery pack to 572 degrees Fahrenheit and overcharged it to 260 percent capacity without causing a fire.
“The BYD Han EV gives urban residents a healthy, safe, and environmentally friendly solution for family travel and commuting in China. Taking inspiration from the imagery of traditional Chinese culture, the Han has a bold and aggressive exterior and a luxurious interior design which reinterprets unique Chinese aesthetics. The Han’s excellent performance (accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 s) combined with the intelligent internet interaction makes driving more exciting.” Source
BYD’s new Dragon Face design represents a blend of both Eastern and Western aesthetics. Slim and simple front grille, with Dragon Claw tail lights, the car strikes as a confident vehicle ready to take on any challenge in front of it. The Han’s luxury is matched by its intelligence, with smart features like the NFC mobile phone key function, allowing users to easily unlock the vehicle even if their phone is out of power or has no signal. BYD attached the vehicle’s 0-100km/h numbers at the rear of the car as a badge, which is something we haven’t seen other car brands do. The only thing we’re not particularly keen on is the “BUILD YOUR DREAMS” written on the rear of the car. That is what the BYD stands for, but when going for a minimalistic look, putting so many letters can be distracting.
BYD Han’s boot size is okay. It offers a cargo size of 450 liters, which is slightly more than a Tesla Model 3 and Mercedes EQE, but much less than the Tesla Model S, which has 745 liters.
The interior consists of a variety of high-end materials. From Nappa leather, genuine wood, and aluminum finishes to other advanced materials. The vehicle’s interior air vents have a unique look, and the newest version of Han will have a 5G Dynaudio smart music cockpit upgrade package. That includes a 5G speed connection, HiFi-class custom Dynaudio audio, and DiLink 4.0, dual-frequency positioning, and navigation technology, among other things. The new DiLink technology can intelligently switch the background according to the environment. Plus, it comes with a voice assistant Xiaodi, which has also been upgraded. And if that isn’t enough, the infotainment screen in the center can also rotate horizontally. How cool is that?
Price and Verdict
Below are the prices for all the versions available:
- extended-range version(entry level) will sell at 229,800 RMB (approximately $32,800)
- the extended-range variant of the premium model will be priced at 255,800 RMB (about $36,500)
- the 4WD high-performance version will sell at 279,500 RMB (about $40,000)
- PHEV version, Han DM, will sell at 219,800 RMB (about $31,400)
When we compare everything this car offers to its price tag, we can understand why this Chinese carmaker takes the lead when it comes to sales. Will it be enough to beat its number one rival, Tesla Model S?
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