Chinese EV giant BYD confirms UK launch plans


British BYD

Chinese electronic car The BYD brand has confirmed its UK launch plans, with the first retail stores opening in the first quarter of 2023.

BYD is the largest electric car brand in the world: sales will even surpass Tesla in 2022, with 1.8 million new electric cars entering the world.

It is now ramping up its rollout across Europe, with the UK following Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Initially, BYD will work with four UK car retail groups: Arnold Clark, Lookers, LSH and Pendragon.

It said it selected these retailer partners for their experience, expertise and prime locations. “An important principle of BYD’s strategy is to work with the best partners,” said Michael Shu, its EU managing director.

BYD Atto 3

BYD will launch the Atto 3 compact SUV in the UK. It is the EV replacement for the popular MG ZS EV and Kia Niro EV.

It will initially feature a massive 60.5kWh battery; BYD says it will announce pricing and other product details in the coming weeks.

The BYD Atto 3 made its European debut at the Paris Motor Show last year and has since received a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety score.

More new models will follow later in 2023.

BYD, backed by legendary investor Warren Buffett, is the only EV company that designs and manufactures a complete electric powertrain, including batteries, semiconductors, motors and motor controllers.

Bosses say the brand will see another year of growth in 2023, with sales possibly even breaking the 2 million mark.

We’ll be bringing you more news on BYD’s UK launch plans in the coming weeks.

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Chinese EV giant BYD confirms UK launch plans

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