The ultimate guide to BYD electric cars

Chances are you won’t have heard of BYD before — a Chinese automotive brand committed to the innovation and development of clean energy solutions. In this guide we’ll take a closer look at BYD, explore their history and the models available, and consider why their market presence is important.

Who makes BYD electric cars?

BYD is a Chinese manufacturer that has become a significant player in the European electric vehicle market. Founded in 1995, they are already one of the world’s largest manufacturers of EVs and batteries.

They produce everything from battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to electric commercial transport like buses, vans, and trucks.

What does BYD cars stand for?

BYD stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’, which might sound peculiar. However, it represents a dedication to sustainability as more drivers look to make the move to electric, with BYD’s research already gaining widespread recognition from automotive experts.

Where are BYD cars manufactured?

BYD’s main manufacturing centre is in Shenzhen, China. However, since launching BYD electric cars in Europe, they have also built a new factory in Hungary.

Benefits of leasing a BYD new electric car

If you’re considering a BYD lease, you will want to know the associated benefits. Here are just a few reasons to lease a BYD electric car model.

Innovative BYD blade battery

The first thing to note about BYD electric cars is they use blade batteries. These have been developed by BYD and made using lithium iron phosphate (LFP) rather than the standard lithium-ion batteries you’ll find in other electric cars.

Blade batteries can be built into the shell of a vehicle, saving weight on excess components. LFP is also very durable and offers a higher level of safety thanks to its natural thermal stability.

e-platform 3.0

BYD constantly looks for new ways to improve EVs and has even developed an upgraded version of their BEV platform. This will be used on future models. It promises to be more efficient, longer lasting, and offer faster charging rates.

Commitment to sustainability

The Chinese manufacturer doesn’t want just to produce capable zero-emission models. They also want to ensure the manufacturing process is eco-friendly too. They’re doing this by introducing recycling initiatives and having strict battery disposal procedures.

Cost savings

Because BYD are still new to the UK market, there are some great lease deals and cost savings available. Their competitive pricing makes them an appealing alternative to mainstream rivals. Choose to lease with Synergy, and you’ll also benefit from our Best Price Guarantee and free UK mainland delivery.

Safety features and reliability

Since their launch, Euro NCAP has awarded all BYD cars a 5-star safety rating, making them some of the safest electric cars on the road. Reliability has also been praised across the range, as BYD are renowned for producing efficient and reliable batteries worldwide.

Excellent brand reputation and customer satisfaction

As a leader in new EV technology, BYD has invested heavily in their marketing and customer experience in recent years. They continue to impress Synergy customers with their impressive range of standard equipment and affordable pricing. Most recently, BYD announced an official partnership with UEFA EURO 2024 to help further catapult the brand into the limelight.

Popular BYD electric car models

Now we’re familiar with the brand itself, let’s get behind the wheel of the models available and compare their features, specifications, performance, and range.

BYD Dolphin Hatchback

The BYD Dolphin is a quirky hatchback designed with young drivers in mind. It has two battery sizes to choose from, 44.9KWH and 60.4KWH. These offer impressive WLTP ranges of up to 210 miles and 265 miles. With light steering, stylish looks, and a zero-emission powertrain, the Dolphin is the perfect urban runaround.

Performance: Top-spec Design models get the larger 60.4kWh battery with 204bhp

Specifications:  Active, Boost, Comfort, Design

Features: 12.8inch rotating touchscreen, 360-degree camera, voice control system

BYD Atto 3 SUV

Next up is the BYD Atto 3. This sharp SUV was the first model to be launched in the UK. It has become a popular alternative to the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka. There’s one battery to choose from — a 60kWh unit with a 260-mile WLTP range.

Performance: 60.4kWh battery with 201bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.3-seconds

Specifications: Comfort, Design

Features: Smartphone wireless charging, blind spot detection, and Intelligent Cruise Control

BYD Seal Saloon

The BYD Seal is a stylish and capable all-electric saloon. There is currently one battery option — an 82.5kWh unit with the choice of two-wheel and all-wheel drive. This two-wheel drive Design model has an impressive WLTP range of up to 354 miles.

Performance: 82.5kWh battery with 312bhp and 360NM of torque

Specifications: Design, Excellence

Features: Internet access, predictive collision warning and 15.6inch intelligent-rotating screen

Explore Synergy’s BYD lease offers

If you need help choosing a new BYD electric car, our team can help explore your business and personal leasing needs. Choose to lease a BYD with Synergy, and you’ll also benefit from our special offers, exclusive discounts, and in-stock deals.

Get in touch to find out more.