Speaking at the launch of BYD’s Dolphin, (Sales Director Passenger Cars Business), at Motor Distributors Ltd Ciaran Allen, says the Dolphin is the “right product, at the right price, at the right time – and we think Ciaran may well be right, writes Paul White.
As EVs’ continue to gain market share the BYD Dolphin will have a wide appeal, especially for those making the move to their first BEV. The styling is attractive and the Dolphin comes with a list of standard features that would be hard to find outside of the executive car segment. The car will be offered in four versions – Active, Boost, Comfort, and Design, and as BYD are one of the world’s largest battery manufacturers the Dolphin is powered by BYD’s in-house produced LFP Blade Batteries. The standard is a 44.9 kWh, or a 60.4 kWh range extender is available for the Comfort and Design models. The range is 427 kms with a charging time of just under 30 minutes from 30% to 80%, and the batteries are guaranteed for 8 years or 200,000 kms.
The interior is well-finished and the electric seats provide a very good driving position. One key feature is the 12.8” touchscreen and infotainment control that will rotate to a landscape or portrait format. While the car may appear small it is surprisingly roomy both back and front. Behind the boot lid there is 345 litres of space and with the rear seats down this increases to an impressive 1310 litres. Dolphin also scores well on safety with many hi-tech features included as standard and Dolphin comes with a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating.
While the brand may be new to these shores. It is worth noting that to date BYD has built over six million EVs and is the third most valuable car company in the world. The price range for Dolphin is from €25,570 for the Active, to €31,192 for the Design.