BYD will start UK gross sales of its electrical Atto 3 mannequin within the coming weeks, following the appointment of 5 supplier companions.
The Volkswagen ID 3 and MG4-rivalling compact SUV is powered by a 60kWh battery, giving a variety of as much as 261 miles. It makes use of a 204PS electrical motor to energy the entrance wheels and has a claimed 0-62mph acceleration time of seven.3 seconds.
Pricing and specification particulars are but to be revealed, however the Atto 3 has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
The primary appointed UK supplier companions will begin receiving automobiles, with gross sales commencing within the coming weeks.
Pendragon was the first UK dealer to partner with BYD, asserting the tie-up in September final yr.
Arnold Clark was confirmed because the sole retailer of BYD models in Scotland, in December, after its shock exit from the Toyota and Ford retail networks.
Lookers and LSH Holdings have since been named as companions.
Michael Shu, common supervisor and managing director of BYD Europe and Worldwide Cooperation Division, mentioned: “A significant precept of the BYD technique is to work with the perfect companions. Now we have chosen supplier teams with the experience and geographic footprint to offer excellent customer support. We are going to begin constructing the community in territories the place our companions are dominant and might greatest exhibit and show our vary of recent fashions. We sit up for working with our companions as we construct the BYD model within the UK.”
BYD doesn’t function underneath an company mannequin franchise settlement, echoing the extra conventional strategy taken by fellow market newcomer Nice Wall Motors’ Ora EV model, which has already been taken on by Peter Vardy and Wessex Garages.
BYD’s assistant common supervisor for Europe, Brian Yang mentioned that the UK community may face a problem to ascertain itself with only one car however added that scenario was unlikely to final for lengthy.
“Subsequent yr (2023) we are going to carry a extra complete line-up,” he mentioned, “and all of these fashions might be made in right-hand drive.”
Among the many doubtless follow-up zero-emissions autos are a seven-seat SUV, known as Tang, and the Han saloon.
BYD has already launched throughout a number of European nations, together with Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. Additional UK supplier companions, product, and pricing info might be confirmed within the coming weeks.