Chinese electric car maker BYD has unveiled its new compact electric hatchback, the Sea-Gull. The electric carmaker has released the first official images of the Seagull, which will be sold in China, Europe, Israel, Thailand and New Zealand. The BYD Sea-Gull EV aims to be an affordable EV and will make its official debut on April 18 during the Shanghai Auto Show. BYD, the world’s second-largest EV maker after Tesla, sells EVs such as the Atto3 SUV and e6 electric MPV in India.
Based on the automaker’s e-Platform 3.0, the BYD Seagull EV is slightly longer than the Tata Tiago EV. It is a four-door, four-seater EV with a length of 3,780mm x width of 1715mm x height of 1540mm.
In terms of design, BYD Seagull adopts LED headlights, a large trapezoidal air intake at the lower part of the front bumper, and a spoiler on the trunk lid, which is full of sportiness. BYD has not yet revealed what the cabin will look like. However, it is expected to feature a digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen for infotainment purposes.
BYD Seagull electric vehicles will be equipped with lithium iron phosphate batteries, and provide two battery size options. There will be a smaller 30 kWh unit and a larger 38 kWh unit. According to reports, the Seagull may be the first electric vehicle to feature a sodium-ion battery. Full details are expected to be provided ahead of the EV’s official launch.
According to the Chinese driving cycle CLTC, the model with the large battery can travel 405 kilometers on a single charge. The model with the smaller battery has a CLTC range of 305 kilometers.
The electric hatchback will be powered by two electric motors. It will feature a 74-horsepower unit and a 94-horsepower electric motor. The Seagull EV will have a top speed of 130 km/h.
First published date: April 3, 2023 at 15:19 PM CST