Chinese New Electric Vehicle (NEV) carmaker BYD enjoyed a meteoric rise in form in 2022, with its sales figures reaching 1.85 million units in total, more than tripling its results from 2021.
That figure places BYD at the top of the NEV sales chart globally, but when it comes to fully-electric BEV models, the Chinese carmaker still has some ways to go before catching up to Tesla, with 911,140 units sold compared to the American EV maker’s record-breaking 1,313,851 units in 2022.
Plug-in hybrids contributed the most to BYD’s success in 2022, with a total of 946,239 units sold. The growth is attributed to the technology’s demand in its home country China, which remains – and continues to grow – as one of the largest markets globally for plug-in hybrids.
As for exports, the Chinese carmaker reported a total sales figure of 11,320 NEVs in overseas markets.
The export figure is largely contributed by the BYD Atto 3 fully-electric SUV, which made its global debut in several countries last year, including Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Europe, and Malaysia.
For the latter, the brand received over 1,000 orders in just 10 days since it was launched here on our shores.
The BYD Atto 3 is offered in two variants in Malaysia, namely the Standard Range and the Extended Range. The Standard Range offers 345 km of range (WLTP) from a 49.92 kWh battery, while the Extended Range boasts a larger 60.48 kWh battery pack for a fully-electric driving range of 420 km (WLTP).
Both cars can be charged at a maximum rate of 6.6 kW via AC power, and 70 kW with a Type 2 CCS DC fast charger. Powering both variants of the BYD Atto 3 is a single electric motor that makes 201 hp and 310 Nm. All power is sent to the front wheels, which translates to a century sprint time of 7.3 seconds.
For 2023, BYD is aiming for a total sales figure surpassing four million units, which will most likely surpass the likes of Hyundai and Kia. That is certainly a lofty goal, but with even more EVs slated for launch in overseas markets, plus new high-end luxury EVs under the Yangwang sub-brand, 2023 will certainly be yet another bumper year for BYD.