BYD, a prominent Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is set to make its mark in Australia with the launch of its new model, the BYD Dolphin. According to BYD Australia CEO Luke Todd, the Dolphin will be introduced to the Australian market on June 22 and is expected to become “Australia’s most affordable, high-quality electric vehicle of all time.” This launch will see the Dolphin compete against other electric hatchbacks such as the GWM Ora and the upcoming MG4.
In its home market of China, the BYD Dolphin is priced at around $25,000 before on-road costs. However, the Australian pricing is expected to be slightly higher, ranging between $30,000 and $40,000. The Dolphin is built on BYD’s new 3.0 EV-only platform and features MacPherson strut front suspension, torsion beam rear suspension, disc brakes with regenerative braking, and a host of standard safety features such as six airbags and ISOFIX anchors.
While specific Australian specifications are yet to be announced, information from the New Zealand lineup provides some insights. The Dolphin is expected to offer various power outputs ranging from 70kW and 180Nm to 150kW and 310Nm. The estimated WLTP driving range is projected to be between 340km and 427km, depending on the battery variant. The Standard Range model is equipped with a 44.9kWh battery, while the Extended Range model comes with a larger 60.48kWh battery.
The Dolphin comes with an array of features, including a 12.8-inch rotating touchscreen with voice control, LED headlights, alloy wheels, and over-the-air updates. The flagship grade in China offers additional driver-assist features like autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. It is expected that these safety features will be standard in the Australian version as well.
The BYD Dolphin will occupy a position below the popular BYD Atto 3 in the brand’s lineup, further expanding BYD’s presence in the Australian market. Despite being a relatively new player, BYD has made a significant impact in Australia’s EV market. In 2023 alone, BYD has sold 4,664 electric vehicles, highlighting the brand’s growing popularity among Australian consumers.
The announcement of the Dolphin’s imminent launch has generated anticipation, particularly among those seeking affordable electric vehicles. While the MG ZS EV Excite and GWM Ora Standard Range currently hold the title for the most affordable electric vehicles in Australia, the Dolphin is expected to undercut these prices. It is worth noting that the Dolphin’s pricing will likely exclude the extended warranties offered by its competitors.
Interested buyers can register their interest for the Dolphin through the BYD Australia website. More details, including the complete model lineup, standard features, driving range, and official pricing, will be revealed closer to the order-book opening date on June 22. You can alos shop for compatible EV chargers for your dolphine at Evpowerhouse.com.au in Australia. The arrival of the BYD Dolphin in Australia not only expands the options for affordable electric vehicles but also contributes to the country’s ongoing transition towards greener mobility solutions.