Could the Super Cute BYD Dolphin Electric Car Come to the U.S?
BYD cars is still relatively unknown in the U.S. But, in China, Mexico, Columbia, and across Europe, BYD is making waves. The Chinese electric car company’s new Dolphin model is expected to take on several of Europe’s most popular compact EVs on their home turf this fall. Though BYD hasn’t announced any dealerships in the US, the Chinese brand is certainly setting its sites on global sales and the U.S. market seems to be in its crosshairs.
Could the Dolphin be BYD’s world car to take on cars like the Chevy Bolt and Kia Niro EV?
What is the BYD Dophin electric car?
The Dolphin is the smallest car by BYD and it’s about the size of a Kia Niro EV or VW ID.3. This front-wheel drive subcompact has 201 horsepower and a claimed range of 265 miles. In Europe, the car comes with a heat pump that can get the batteries up to operating temperature to preserve their life. Inside, it looks fairly spartan without many luxuries, but then this is designed to be one of the cheapest EV cars you can buy, not a Mercedes competitor.
According to the U.K.’s Car magazine, the little car is spacious inside. While the magazine says it won’t win any races and its soft suspension is well-suited to rough pavement, not high-speed shenanigans. It’s also cheap. The Dolphin will sell for about $33,000 in Europe. While that’s expensive, it will undercut competitors by several thousand dollars. The ID.3, for example, sells for about $42,000.
Is the BYD Dolphin available in the U.S.A?
So far, the BYD Dolphin is not available in the U.S. However, BYD is quickly expanding. The company recently announced seven new dealers in Mexico, as well as sales in Colombia and of course across Europe. Considering it sells cars in 50 countries, could the U.S. be far behind?
However, those who do know BYD in the U.S. will know it from its electric forklifts and specialty commercial trucks and electric city busses. BYD’s busses comply with the Buy America program because they’re assembled in Lancaster, California, and contain 75% U.S. content, according to the company.
It also makes electric monorail trains that will start operating in Sao Paulo, Brazil, soon. Overall, the company says it’s sold 2.9 million passenger vehicles since 1995. At the recent Shanghai Auto Show, it showcased several new cars, including the Yangwang U9 sports car and Yangwang U8 SUV. Famously, Warren Buffet invested in the company a few years ago.
What other cars does BYD make?
BYD is an acronym for Build Your Dreams. Europe will also get BYD’s Han sedan, which has some styling elements cribbed from Porsche and Hyundai, and has a 370-mile range. The Han is a luxury car with all-wheel drive and impressive performance.
BYD uses its own platform called the Blade Battery. The Blade makes up the floor of BYD’s electric cars, much like GM’s Ultium platform. It’s wide and thin allowing it to be placed low in the car.