Soon to join the electric vehicle (EV) market in Malaysia are two EVs from BYD through Sime Darby Motors as the brand’s official distributor. The company has now opened registration of interests (ROI) for its EVs and has launched its own Facebook page.
On the brand’s Facebook page is a post that reads, “The Future of Electric Vehicles in Malaysia. Coming soon.”, with a link to a Google form attached. Back in September, BYD and Sime Darby Motors signed a distributorship agreement and confirmed that two all-electric BYD models will debut in Malaysia, namely the BYD Atto 3 and the BYD E6.
Variants of the BYD Atto 3 have not yet been confirmed for Malaysia, but it does come in three varaints elsewhere – “Active”, “Comfort”, and “Design”. Measuring 4,455 mm in length, 2,050 mm in width, and 1,615 mm in height, and with a wheelbase measuring 2,720 mm, the BYD Atto 3 is about the size of a Proton X70 (4,519 mm length, 1,831 mm width, 1,694 mm height, and 2,670 mm wheelbase).
The BYD Atto 3 is a crossover with a single electric motor (201 hp/310 Nm) that powers the front wheels. Storing energy is a 60.48-kWh battery that provides 420 km of range (WLTP). Charging from 0 to 100% takes 6 hours and 30 minutes with an 11-kW AC charger (European spec). With a 150-kW DC fast charger, the BYD Atto 3 can charge from 0 to 100% in 80 minutes and 10% to 80% in 44 minutes (European spec).
Another all-electric offering by BYD is the BYD E6, which is an MPV with a 71.7-kWh battery pack and 522 km of range (WLTP). The battery sends energy to an electric motor (95 hp/180 Nm) that powers the front wheels. The BYD E6 can handle a 6.6-kW AC charger to charge the car from 0 to 100% in 12 hours. DC fast charging is capped at 60kW, charging the car from 0 to 100% in 1.5 hours.
Both the upcoming Atto 3 and E6 will join the upcoming Ora Good Cat in the addition of more accessible EVs in Malaysia. The current cheapest EV in Malaysia is the Hyundai Kona electric e-Lite which fetches a price of RM 156,538.