The BYD Dolphin, previewed last year during the launch of the Atto 3 here in Malaysia, is poised to become the cheapest EV on the market when it makes its debut here on our shores. But just how cheap can it be? Well, its price tag in Thailand might give us a clue.
Unveiled at the ongoing 2023 Bangkok International Motor Show, the BYD Dolphin will go on sale at an estimated price point of THB799,999 (approx. RM104k). That estimated price point means it’ll be even more affordable than the Honda City Hatchback e:HEV RS hybrid in Thailand (THB849,000)!
In Thailand, the BYD Dolphin will be offered in a single variant, powered by a single electric motor on the front axle, paired to a 44.9 kWh Blade battery pack for a total system output of 95 hp and 180 Nm, and an electric range of 410 km based on the NEDC test cycle.
Charging is done via the 7 kW on-board AC charger, or a DC fast charger at 60 kW that can top up the battery from 30-80% in around 30 minutes.
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The BYD Dolphin is the first model to be built on the brand’s e-platform 3.0, and in terms of size, it should also fit within the same segment as the Honda City Hatchback. While it’s significantly shorter (lengthwise) than the City Hatchback on paper, the longer wheelbase thanks to the fully-electric platform does mean that its interior space could still compete with the Honda.
Expected to be launched here in Malaysia in around the fourth quarter of 2023, could the BYD Dolphin sneak in underneath the RM100k mark in line with the government’s plans for cheaper EVs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!