BYD Han EV had its first deliveries last month

BYD Han EV had its first deliveries last month
BYD Han EV sales in July 2020

Thanks to its revolutionary CTP (cell-to-pack) cobalt-free battery, in my opinion the BYD Han EV is the most interesting electric car available today.

Last month BYD delivered 1.205 units of the Han EV in China. Already with over 30.000 orders, it will take at least two more months to meet demand and large scale deliveries are only expected in September.

 

 

 

Basic specs

  • Length: 4.980 mm (Tesla Model S is 4.976 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 2.920 mm
  • Width: 1.910 mm
  • Height: 1.495 mm
  • Drag coefficient: 0,233

 

Powertrain

  • Two powertrain options: FWD (163 kW) and AWD (163 kW front + 200 kW rear)
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3,9 seconds in top AWD version
  • Two battery options: 65 kWh and 77 kWh
  • Battery chemistry: LiFePO4 (cobalt-free)
  • Range (NEDC): up to 605 km (376 miles)

 

Prices in China (after subsidies)

  • 65 kWh and FWD with NEDC range of 506 km (314 miles): 229.800 yuan (27.975 euros)
  • 77 kWh and FWD with NEDC range of 605 km (376 miles): 255.800 yuan (31.141 euros)
  • 77 kWh and AWD with NEDC range of 550 km (342 miles): 279.500 yuan (34.026 euros)

 

The BYD Han EV is very similar to the Tesla Model S regarding size, but it’s even cheaper than the Tesla Model 3. It would probably be more successful in North America than in Europe, where it’ll be available early next year.

For the European market BYD needs to bring smaller electric cars with this BYD Blade battery technology. The BYD e1 and e2 would be nice candidates for a battery upgrade before reaching Europe…

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Famlin
1 month ago

So cobalt free LFP can also power such a large sedan for 605 km. Wonderful. Then what will be the price of other smaller BYD vehicles.
Han is longer and taller than Model S though narrower, but the price is 1/2 that of Model S. No wonder it sold 1,205 units in 1st month.
605 km NEDC is 450 km WLTP which is quite high and there are lot more superchargers in China and no need to worry about the range.
This could eat into the sales of not only Model S, but also the full size luxury sedans of other automakers.

Pajda
1 month ago

I must say, that I am mostly impressed by its overall design which is by my means finally on the par with EU and US designs. But released chinese price says nothing about the actual price in EU or US and so I would not be surprised if the EU prices will be slightly higher than TM3, particularly for 77 kWh version.

yogurt
1 month ago
Reply to  Pajda

BYD has former head designers form EU luxury companies designing their vehicles now…

https://technode.com/2019/06/27/byd-new-design-center/

“The move comes months after BYD brought on-board two renowned designers from Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz. JuanMa LΓ³pez, former head of exterior design at Ferrari, joined as global exterior design director in December, while Michele Jauch-Paganetti, the former design center head at Mercedes-Benz, came in as chief interior design director earlier this year. Wolfgang Egger, previously chief of design at Audi, has been BYD’s head designer since late 2016.”

I think it is a given that BYD will move all of their BEVs to LFP in the next couple of years…
I also think it is a given they will bring most of their BEV products to the EU and the NON US Americas as they have already started in some Latin American countries…
The US will be another story of wait and see but would love for BYD to bring LFP to the US…
US auto is now only interested in selling big huge gargantuan titanic truck and SUV luxury Ogermobiles so someone needs to step up here…

Pajda
1 month ago
Reply to  yogurt

Today every company can buy excellent design for its vehicles. Yes the evaluation of design is subjective, but from my point of view there are still commonly accepted standards which are changing in time, but relatively slowly. And the BYD Han design is accepting actual standards so I will not have problem to choose between Tesla and this BYD when comes to the design.

For example Xpeng P7 design is in my eyes too extravagant and not aligned with actual standards. Tesla vehicles and this BYD definitely looks much better in my eyes. πŸ™‚

Ricardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Pajda

Finally someone who understands Chinese prices have nothing to do with Euro prices. Keep dreaming about all those wonderful 8k Euro cars you all. Why don’t you order one through alibaba or something? Because that’s as close as you will ever get to one. Of course, if it breaks down… not to mention the farm you’ll need to buy to be able to drive it around. Wake me up when you do have something to show. Legal, with a decent service network, and decent quality. Until then, this is just pie in the sky.

Famlin
1 month ago
Reply to  Ricardo

@Ricardo
If you hate china because of spreading coronavirus, militarism, human rights abuses, then feel free to boycott their products, but electric vehicles are whole different games. By pushing the batteries prices and BEVs lower they pushed OPEC into defensive.

BEVs being 3-4 times more energy efficient ensures that lot less energy is being consumed compared to ICE. At least automakers should have sold vehicles that can run on natgas, methanol, bio-fuels, instead they blindly followed gasoline is god mantra, even worse the europeans worshipped diesel and now they are paying the price.

QUIN
1 month ago
Reply to  Pajda

BYD have factories in Euro countries, so the price won’t go up too much.

Buutvrij
1 month ago

This car or a future smaller model for this kind of money has the potential to toast the EU ice car market. Even if it’s slightly more expensive due to shippingcosts etc

Robert
1 month ago

If European customers are so influenced by the sticker price then why didn’t Dacia take over the market? Whether we like it or not a large number of customers consider the car to be a status symbol. If they can’t afford a premium car they will often try buy a small but new one. This is why leasing and pcp deals went through the roof at least in UK. The chinese makers might eventually make inroads like Koreans did but it will take many years. Having read about the treatment of ethnic minorities in China I am in no hurry to buy their products.

Markthe pig
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Dacia has a long history as a butt of jokes in the auto world. Or more accurately, not even worthy of note. Chinese products have taken over a number of markets for their quality/value proposition. EVs can be the same. Hyundai stumbled when first coming to the US but have since steadied themselves and are among the most popular of imports. The Chinese can see even more rapid acceptance if the quality is there on day one.

Famlin
1 month ago

Per the Reuters report, LFP batteries costs $80 / KWh. Even if it costs $100 / KWh for BYD to produce LFP battery, for the 65 KWh version, it will cost them $6.500 for the battery. Presuming the standard full size car costs $30.000 to produce, then the total cost could come to $36.500; but motors and other electrical components are much cheaper than engine, transmission and so on. So easily BYD could make profit at this cost.
But this may not have as good a suspension like Model S, so the comparison between the 2 may not be right.Β 
Besides the 605 km NEDC is only 450 km WLTP while Model S has 640 km WLTP and a much higher interior space because of its 5 door sportback style.
I dont think this will be sold in Europe at this price. Ideally they will sell in China itself to gain the market share from Japanese & German automakers who are grabbing more share from the chinese automakers.

QUIN
1 month ago
Reply to  Famlin

BYD hired a guy from mercedez benz to tune the chasis and handling of tje cars.

Famlin
1 month ago

All mighty Iron (Ferrous) is pushing the rare Cobalt to rarity. Seems the LFP batteries which are only #2 behind NCM are becoming more mainstream because of lower cost and saftey. How many more BEVs are jumping into LFP bandwagon.Β 

6 new BEVs went on sale in china in 2020-06 and Han is the 7th. I thought a new BEV goes on sale every month there, but it seems more are being launched. 2nd 1/2 of the year is always interesting.

Gareth Claase
1 month ago

At what rate can these charge? Am I right that this battery chemistry can charge faster than NMC? Is it that this battery can match NMC charging rates without as sophisticated cooling systems? Or, if this battery chem has similar cooling systems, that it can exceed NMC (and presumably, for example, take advantage of the 350 kW chargers that are becoming available)? Apologies for all the questions, but it’s the improved implications of these batteries for charging speeds that are at least as important I think (unless I’m completely mistaken).

QUIN
1 month ago
Reply to  Gareth Claase

at fast charge 10 minutes for 70 to 80 miles

QUIN
1 month ago
Reply to  Gareth Claase

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With fast charge technology, the Han can charge 135km with 10 minutes, with 25 minutes it can charge up to 80% from 30%

Gareth Claase
1 month ago
Reply to  QUIN

Many thanks, much appreciated.

Marcel G
1 month ago

Thanks for this post Pedro. It’s great to see this EV transition moving along, and you’re right, the BYD Han is a very interesting marker in that transition. Model S size and spec for model 3 prices. I’m guessing they’ll sell tons of them if they can build them. I hope the export a lot of them too. Very interesting to see what happens with this.

Barry
1 month ago

Pedro,
Do you know why there is a delay in production ramp? Covid-19? BYD makes its own batteries, but is battery supply a constraint? How compromised is the BEV design, considering the Han is also available as a PHEV? In a future article might you be able to give an overview of the BEVs BYD produces, from cars to trains? Does BYD make cells in the USA?

yogurt
1 month ago
Reply to  Barry

This is a new battery product in a totally different form factor that would need new equipment to produce so it is understandable why they will be battery constrained at the beginning as it takes time and money to switch production lines over or build new ones…

BYD does not make any cells in the US but does have a bus factory in LA where i believe they are assembled from knock down kits??
BYD also has a bus factory in Canada and Brazil that I know of…
BYD also has a solar panel manufacturing plant in Brazil…

https://en.byd.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYD_Company
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BYD_Auto

Famlin
1 month ago

Lima
Tesla sold 11.041 Model 3 in China last month and this boosts the cumulative worldwide Model 3 sales to 602.000 units. A new milestone for the vehicle.
Also last month 98.000 plugin vehicles (both BEV & PHV) were sold in China.

1 month ago
Reply to  Famlin

That’s great news.