Thursday, July 11, 2024
Automotive
Alex Lowe

BYD launches updated Dolphin electric hatch in China with same prices and more range

This week, BYD has updated the Dolphin in its home country of China. The 2025 refresh for the little EV hatchback keeps prices the same, but it now gives you much more for your money. This refresh comes only six months since BYD launched the Dolphin EV Honor edition so the company isn't slowing down anytime soon. The updated Dolphin comes in four trim levels, Vitality, Free, Fashion, and Knight and the entry level Vitality trim costs 99,800 RMB, which is the equivalent of $14,000 (£11,000).

These changes will very likely not come to the UK. You might be able to tell from the photo, but the Dolphin looks a bit different compared to the one on sale in the UK. The one sold in China is a bit smaller and the front end is raked a bit more. There are changes BYD have had to make to bring it to the UK and Europe and combine that with the tariffs, the price has increased.

The main headline here is that the base trim, again only costing the equivalent of £11,000 has a 45kWh BYD Blade battery pack, with up to 261 mules of range and the top spec Knight trim being kitted out with a 60kWh battery and 323 miles of range. That top spec model only costs $18,000 or £14,000. The previous base model Dolphin had a 32kWh battery and 188 miles of range.

To date, BYD has now produced 700,000 Dolphin EVs. The company is rapidly expanding production outside of China, with a new factory in Thailand just opened, one coming soon in Turkey and plans in place for factories in Mexico and Brazil.

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