20.000th BYD Han EV rolled off production line

20.000th BYD Han EV rolled off production line
20.000th BYD Han EV rolled off production line

Over 20.000 units of the BYD Han EV were already produced at BYD’s Shenzhen plant.

This electric car has a size similar to the Tesla Model S, but a price and performance similar to the Tesla Model 3.

Features like a super-safe cobalt-free LFP battery, good price, beautiful design and great performance make the BYD Han EV an extremely popular electric car in its domestic market and soon Europe.


Now BYD says that its goal is to produce enough units to keep waiting times acceptable.

In order to ensure a timely delivery, the Shenzhen plant has been producing at full capacity and the monthly production is going to surpass 10,000 units.


BYD Han EV with Blade Battery


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



  • 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)


Anyway, a production volume of 10.000 monthly units is still not enough, considering that BYD wants to start exporting this model to Europe soon.

The good news is that by using its own cobalt-free LFP battery cells in its electric cars, BYD can increase production much faster than most automakers. Nowadays, if I had to bet on which automaker will reach the milestone of producing one million electrics cars per year, I would say BYD or Tesla.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Marcel G
1 year ago

This is great Pedro, thanks for posting. It’s great to see another EV getting to 10K units per month. Besides the model 3 and the Wuling Mini.

I wonder which EV will be next to get there? Maybe the id.3 or 4? I guess the Renault Zoe might be close to that too.

1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Yeah, those are definitely pretty good. Hopefully Renault can keep the Zoe going at those levels, but with more competition from the ID.3, maybe they have to drop prices a bit?

1 year ago

Tesla might very well break a million units in 2021 — or at least come pretty close…

Given that BYD has produced ~250,000 EVs (BEV+PHEV) in their best year (and way less the last two ones), I don’t see them suddenly scaling to a million — even if they could find that many buyers…

1 year ago
Reply to  antrik

If Tesla can suddenly accelerate and break a million units why can not BYD??
BYD has a much larger production capacity that is currently under utilized.

Who has offset more oil usage than Tesla in transportation? BYD

Who has the safest, cheapest and nearly the longest lasting batteries? BYD

Which auto company is accelerating in market capitalization faster than Tesla? BYD

As I saw below… who now has the most efficient ICE engine in the world? BYD

Who has a sales GM that laughs at Tesla quality and says their Chinese customers are unhappy? BYD

A couple other tweets about BYD sales

Meanwhile BYD has worked out JV with Toyota, Hino, Mercedes, and is supplying or rumored to be supplying their batteries to Mercedes, Ford, Peugeot and probably others that I do not know…
BYD is also looking to share/sell their BEV tech to other companies…

BYD also dwarfs Tesla in Solar panel production with multiple factories around the world…

I would not count out BYD nor would I count out VW in out accelerating Tesla in BEV sales next year or in the following ones…

BYD will also start sales in the EU later this year and probably in the US shortly after Trump leaves office…

While Tesla talks and talks and talks about saving the world they are actually building a walled and closed garden and not working with anyone else they are simply just increasing their own personal wealth…
I used to be alwful close to being a Tesla fanboy but I am not sure I am even a fan of them anymore…
Who uses Tesla patents… no one because their openness is a fraud…
Who uses Tesla Supercharger network… no one it is CLOSED
What auto companies does Tesla work with in anyway to further saving the world… none
Why has Tesla played so many pricing games in markets where their is now or more competiton.. probably becasue they dont want the other companies to succeed and they want all the sales…
Why is GM openly recalling their and my Bolt due to fires while Tesla says not a word and goes in through the back door limiting charging levels and speed… SHADY…
Tesla is simply a multi billion dollar company acting the part…

11 months ago
Reply to  yoyo

Wow, that’s a lot of brazen fanboyism in response to a simple observation…

I especially like the part about an arrogant BYD sales GM sneering at Tesla… Yeah, that totally proves BYD’s virtue! [facepalm]

Pedro Oliveira
1 year ago

The best Chinese EV companies are Nio, Xpen and Li Auto. They will dominate home market in 2021 (and Tesla, for now). In 2 years they’re coming to Europe and America. If European manufacturers don’t invest seriously in r&d, many will not have future.

Pedro Oliveira
1 year ago
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Leo B
1 year ago

Earlier this week BYD introduced the world’s most efficient production engine. The 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle engine has an ultra high compression ratio of 15,5:1 and separate cooling systems for block and head. The result is a thermal efficiency of 43%. The engine will be used in BYD’s plug-in hybrid models (DM, or Dual Motor in BYD-speak).

The engine is BYD’s own, independent development and not related to the joint venture with Toyota they have since about a year. That joint venture will only produce BEV’s, but the first models will not reach the market before 2023.

Now I will probably be crucified for talking about internal combustion engines on this blog, but it’s not without reason. Two weeks ago the Chinese government released its future outlook on New Energy Vehicles and it was, in my opinion, slightly disappointing. China predicts 100% electrified vehicles by 2035, but this includes significant amount of hybrids, plugin hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
The outlook contains several good points, like focus on quality and safety, improved corporate practices, expanding charging infrastructure, emphasis on internet-connected and autonomous technology, but also hands over the automobile energy transition from a government supported program to a market driven approach.

Toyota by the way already won a major victory earlier this year when it was decided to give regular hybrids more credits in China’s average fuel economy regulations. It shows why the Japanese are not in a hurry to produce BEVs with BYD.

So the Chinese seem to be applying the brakes. It’s probably money-related, with an anticipated economic slow-down following the covid pandemic and many Chinese car manufacturers already having financial difficulties. Maybe the government wanted to stop pouring money into the sector and divert it elsewhere instead.

1 year ago
Reply to  Leo B

Interesting things to think about Leo, thanks for posting. Do you know if mild hybrids still qualify for the easier to get license plates? Or do they cost a lot more like plates for ICE cars? I also thought ICE cars were banned from some city centres already, giving EVs a big advantage over ICE cars.

Leo B
1 year ago
Reply to  Marcel

License plate restrictions are regulated by local governments and I don’t keep track of that. Generally speaking, exceptions to those restrictions are for NEV’s, which are PHEV, BEV and FCEV. So I don’t think mild hybrids or regular hybrids qualify. But then again, the situation may be different for every city.

Same goes for restrictions on the use of ICE vehicles. I think it’s rather common that diesel powered light vehicles (like pickup trucks) are banned from urban areas.

In relation to my former post, over the weekend Changan Automobile presented its renewed Ark architecture for its vehicles. It’s components matrix like VW’s MQB and stretches Changan’s entire lineup. The matrix consists of engines of 1.2 to 2 litre capacity, mild hybrids, regular hybrids and plugin hybrids with several transmission options. Directly in line with the government’s future outlook.

More exciting is the announcement of a new premium BEV brand with high autonomy and internet connectivity. A brand name wasn’t mentioned, but the brand will be a cooperation between Changan, Huawei and CATL. Maybe the first application of CATL’s cell-to-chassis technology? The presence of Huawei, surely supplying the 5G connectivity, might limit export opportunities.

Leo B
1 year ago
Reply to  Leo B

By the way, here are some links to China’s NEV policy for 2021 – 2035.

First, analysis by Chinese EV website d1ev. This is a very good site, but in Chinese only, so I’ll post the direct google-translate link and then the original one:

The same site also posted the entire policy text. This is of course boring and bureaucratic language, but some people might be interested.

1 year ago

I wish they (BYD) bring the Han to Europe at reasonable prices… If priced right it could be an option for many users…. They just need a good partnership for maintenace/warranty issues (like Norauto or similar transeuropean car maintenance companies)