BYD Seal EV – Tesla Model 3’s Chinese rival with 800V architecture, up to 700km range, 530hp, 0-100 in 3.8s

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Chinese automaker BYD has shown official images of the Seal electric vehicle, which is based on its e-platform 3.0 architecture that underpins the Ocean-X concept vehicle. This is the second model in its range of Marine Life electric vehicles, after the Dolphin which was the first in this series.

According to CarNewsChinathe four-door Seal EV fastback is 4,800mm long, 1,875mm wide and 1,460mm tall with a 2,920mm wheelbase, and as such will directly compete with the Tesla Model 3. Here, the Seal has largely retained the shape of the Concept Ocean-X, from the X-shaped design of its face, bonnet and side profile character lines and the crease of the rear window line.

The BYD Seal EV features an 800-volt electric architecture and will provide a range of up to 700 km, and is powered by the BYD Blade EV battery which will power the Seal in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. versions. Rear-wheel-drive versions come in 150 kW (204 hp) and 230 kW (312 hp) variants, while the all-wheel-drive version gets a 160 kW (217 hp) front engine and 312 hp rear engine for a combined output of 530 hp.

In its most powerful AWD version, the BYD Seal is said to achieve a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.8 seconds, while the headlining 700 km battery range figure will come from probably from one of the rear-drive versions of the four-door Seal fastback.

Prior to the seal, BYD also launched the Atto 3 electric SUV which is also built on the company’s electronics 3.0 platform with the Blade EV battery; for reference, the Atto 3 gets its battery in two sizes, a 50.1kWh pack which is rated for a WLTP range of 320km, while the larger 60.4kWh pack offers a WLTP range of 420km .

Measuring 4,455mm long, 1,875mm wide, 1,615mm high with a wheelbase of 2,720mm, the Atto 3 electric SUV is closer in size to the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV.

The BYD Seal EV is set to make its public live debut at the Beijing Motor Show this month. Production of the seal will be at BYD’s Changzhou plant where the annual production capacity is expected to be 60,000 units, and it aims to sell 5,000 units of the seal per month. According to CarNewsChinathe BYD seal has been confirmed for an Australian launch, where it will be badged Atto 4.

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