The BYD Dolphin hatchback, set to enter major markets overseas in Europe this year, has the potential to become the Chinese automaker’s flagship EV model in the region. Priced at around 30,000 euros ($33K), the Dolphin will also be BYD’s most affordable electric option.
Last summer, BYD announced its expansion plans beyond China and Japan, with the Han sedan, Atto-3 crossover, and Tang SUV leading the way. Following the successful entry of the Seal midsize sedan into European markets, BYD confirmed that the Dolphin will also be available for sale. With its competitive pricing and promising features, the Dolphin is poised to be a popular choice among European EV buyers.
BYD’s Dolphin Hatchback: Affordable Addition to European Lineup
BYD plans to launch the Dolphin hatchback in Europe by the end of 2023, following its announcement to expand sales beyond China and Japan. Priced at $33,000, the Dolphin is positioned as BYD’s most affordable EV in Europe, catering to the growing demand for low-cost, compact electric vehicles. It features a 45 kWh battery pack, with a larger 60 kWh option that promises a range of 427 km (265 miles). The Dolphin, along with BYD’s Seal, boasts unique blade battery technology and is built on the automaker’s 3.0 platform. BYD Europe’s head of sales, Pere Brugal, stated that the company plans to further expand sales to major markets in Europe in the second half of the year, with Spain already commencing sales and Italy soon to follow. Brugal also noted that the Dolphin is expected to fare well in southern Europe, where its lack of all-wheel drive may be less of a concern for consumers compared to northern regions with winter driving conditions.