BYD Yuan Pro arrives with a cobalt-free LFP battery

BYD Yuan Pro
BYD Yuan Pro

Recently, BYD renamed the Yuan EV to Yuan Pro and gave it a new more modern front, similar to the BYD Han EV.

This electric car is now available to order in China and comes with a 50,1 kWh BYD Blade Battery for a NEDC range of 401 km.


Let’s see some specs.


  • Length: 4.375 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.535 mm
  • Width: 1.785 mm
  • Height: 1.680 mm
  • Motor: 100 kW and 210 Nm in peak torque
  • Range: 401 km under the NEDC test cycle
  • Battery capacity: 50,1 kWh
  • Battery type: BYD Blade Battery (cobalt-free LFP in CTP format)
  • Starting price (after subsidies): 121.300 yuan (15.607 euros)


The BYD Yuan Pro looks nice, however, the Han EV and D1 will probably be the most popular models for a while.


BYD D1 made in cooperation with DiDi

BYD D1 made in cooperation with DiDi


The BYD D1 – that resembles a VW ID.3 – was initially aimed for car sharing services, but is now also available for private buyers with a starting price of 151.800 yuan (19.532 euros).



Anyway, now BYD has a vast electric car offer in China that will eventually arrive to other important markets (Europe, North America and Australia). Production capacity is growing extremely fast and currently only the smallest electric car model BYD e1 still has a NCM battery, all other models already got upgraded to LFP (LiFePO4) battery cells with CTP (cell-to-pack) batteries.


Electric cars with BYD Blade Battery (ordered from lowest to highest price)

  • BYD e2 – starting price of 89.800 yuan (11.554 euros)
  • BYD e3 – starting price of 113.800 yuan (14.642ย euros)
  • BYD e5 – starting price not listed on main website
  • BYD e6 – starting price not listed on main website
  • BYD Yuan Pro – starting price of 121.300 yuan (15.607 euros)
  • BYD Qin EV – starting price of 129.900 yuan (16.714 euros)
  • BYD D1 – starting price of 151.800 yuan (19.532 euros)
  • BYD Tang EV – starting price of 179.800 yuan (23.134 euros)
  • BYD Han EV – starting price of 229.800 yuan (29.568 euros)
  • BYD Song Pro EV – starting price of 279.500 yuan (35.963 euros)


The BYD Blade Battery, that combines cobalt-free LFP cells with CTP battery packs, is key to allow electric cars from BYD to compete with ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars in price and availability.

While other Chinese automakers, such as NIO or Xpeng get most of the media attention, I think that BYD is the Chinese automaker better prepared for the end of the ICE age, by far. Mostly because it already has a vast offer of great electric cars, but also because it builds its own extremely affordable cobalt-free batteries.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™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.

11 Responses

  1. francesc says:

    nice!, a chinesse ZOE for 15keuro just? woow.. even with txt 22.000 euros and 50kwh is it really cheap compared with…

  2. yoyo says:

    BYD is also planning the construction of an EU battery factory…

    A BYD up side is that they make their own chips so they do not have a semiconductor shortage…

    They are most likely battery constrained in regards to the blade as they convert their production over to them…

  3. Maximilian Holland says:

    Thanks Pedro!

  4. Agem says:

    I wonder what the Wh/Kg is?

  5. devilfriend says:

    The previous version of this one costs $36,000 in Latin America, which is ridiculous.

    I don’t know what the previous price was or if it’s going down besides China but I surely hope so.

  6. Paul Kageler says:

    BYD has excellent vertical integration from the advanced LFP battery cells, Blade packs, personal EVs, buses, & ESS. Low cost producer of reliable LFP battery cells and the cleaver Blade cells-to-pack configuration gives a major competitive advantage. My understanding is BYD assembles buses in Europe and USA so already experienced in international factories. Hope BYD eventually builds LFP cell factory in Europe followed by USA. Regional factories are needed longer term to compete!

  7. Dom says:

    oh wow! I only wish one could buy them in Europe as well..
    That would be a perfect 2nd car and largely enough to bring me to work and back!

  8. Leo B says:
    • BYD e5ย โ€“ starting price not listed on main website
    • BYD e6ย โ€“ starting price not listed on main website

    I think the e5 and e6 are versions of the Qin and Song MAX aimed at the taxi market and not available to the public. BYD also just days ago released the e9, which is a Han aimed at high-end car-sharing and rental services.

    BYD has also released some renderings of the rather spaceage looking Yin Yang concept vehicles. They will probably be shown for real at the Guangzhou autoshow at the end of the year. Market introduction is rumored to be in 2022, probably named “Ming”. Also interesting looking platform in the pictures of the link below.

  9. Marcel G says:

    Thanks Pedro. The Yuan Pro looks like a really competitive EV. From the photo it looks like itโ€™s very small, but the dimensions indicate itโ€™s actually quite tall and only 11cm shorter than a Leaf. The price is really good so I would think it will be very competitive.

    BYD has shown it is very good at getting its buses into foreign markets, so Iโ€™m very interested to see where they start selling their passenger cars. Europe obviously, but maybe India, Indonesia, Africa, South America?
    I saw another BYD e6 taxi here in Jakarta the other day, plus one of the Ioniq EVs.

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