Hozon Auto introduces the new NETA V Pro


Hozon Auto is now launching the new NETA V Pro as a more affordable alternative to the popular BYD Dolphin.


Positioned as a 70,000-class smart technology cabin, Nezha V has delivered 40,372 units since its launch on November 3, 2020, becoming the top seller of pure electric SUVs among new car companies. With outstanding product highlights such as high-value, high-performance, and high-quality products, Nezha V has been deeply recognized by young consumers, especially in first- and second-tier cities that account for more than 50% of delivery.


Let’s see some details.



  • Length: 4.070 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.420 mm
  • Width: 1.690 mm
  • Height: 1.540 mm
  • Tire specifications: 185/55 R16
  • Wheels: aluminium
  • Number of seats: 5
  • Motor: 70 kW and 150 N.m of torque
  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h
  • Acceleration performance: 3,9 seconds (0-50 km/h)
  • DC fast charging: 60 kW (from 30 to 80 % in 30 minutes)
  • On-board charging: 6-8 h (6,6 kW)
  • Battery capacity: 38,54 kWh
  • Battery chemistry: NCM
  • TMS: active liquid cooling/heating
  • Range: 401 km (NEDC) and around 300 km in WLTP
  • Starting price (after subsidies): 76.900 yuan (10.377 euros)


Nezha V Pro dashboard

Nezha V Pro dashboard


The NETA V Pro will also get V2H (vehicle-to-home) capability after an upcoming OTA (over-the-air) update.



BYD Dolphin (Long range version)

  • MIIT code: BYD7004BEV4
  • Length: 4.070/4.125 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.700 mm
  • Width: 1.770 mm
  • Height: 1.570 mm
  • Tire specifications: 195/60 R16
  • Number of seats: 5
  • Gross vehicle weight: 1.780 kg (with passengers and cargo)
  • Curb weight: 1.405 kg (empty vehicle)
  • Motor: 70 kW and 180 N.m of torque
  • Max speed: 150 km/h
  • Fast charging: 60 kW (from 30 to 80 % in 30 minutes)
  • On-board charger: 7 kW
  • Battery capacity: 44,928 kWh
  • Battery chemistry: LFP (LiFePO4)
  • TMS: active liquid cooling/heating
  • Range: 420 km (NEDC), roughly 315 km in WLTP
  • Starting price (after subsidy): 111.800 yuan (15.087 euros)


BYD Dolphin interior

BYD Dolphin interior


While I was writing this article I noticed that the BYD Dolphin is now listed at MIIT’s (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) website with a new version (BYD7004BEV4) that has a slightly higher range compared to previous versions – increased from 405 to 420 km.


Anyway, the NETA V Pro and the BYD Dolphin also have OTA (over-the-air) updates and are packed with safety features that you normally donโ€™t see in a car this price, such as:

  • Adaptive Cruise System (ACC)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking system (AEB)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Active Lane Keeping (LKS)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)


I really like both models, regarding value for money we can’t find any better and they have the right dimensions for most people – compact and yet big enough to fit 5 passengers when required. Spec wise they are very similar, but the NETA V Pro is more efficient and the BYD Dolphin has a higher top speed. I hope that Hozon will soon introduce a LFP variant so it can increase production to keep up with the high demand.

If they arrive in Europe with a price similar to the Dacia Spring (below 20.000 euros before subsidies) and don’t have long waiting times, they’ll be top sellers for sure. Without production constraints both could sell above 100.000 monthly units easily.

What do you think? What’s your favorite?



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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.

20 Responses

  1. Mustafa Metin says:

    I think Neta will be competitive with more compelling price. Worse cars passed EEC Certifications but there is no hurry in Chinese Brands to get EEC Certifications, I canโ€™t understand. Is %5 export ratio enough for China? They export %5 of cars they produces while Germany does ~%75.

    • Rodri says:

      It is quite frustrating the lack of EV competition in prices in Europe. It is not easy to introduce new brands of cars in Europe, especially when you are still fighting to make a name for your new EV brand in China. Do you remember when NIO had financial troubles and had to postpone sales in Europe? BYD is a young small manufacturer. I think they just need more time to develop the business overseas. The CEO of VW Group sees its biggest competitors in Tesla and Chinese manufacturers. He knows they are coming. Slowly though.

      • Mustafa Metin says:

        I Mean whlile a weaker model “Suda sa01” gets confirmation and go on sale in Germany but we can’t see other succesfull models like “Wulฤฑng Hongguang Mฤฑnฤฑ Ev” . By the way BYD is absoluetly mature and big firm. It’s the 5th bigest battery manufacturer, they build ev Busses with variety of cars also. They delivered 80.000 EV vehicles in September 2021 in China. They entered Europe through Norway vit a SUV named “Tang”. But i look forward the model “Dolphin”. Or at least they apply EEC Certificate and get it. In that way personal imports may be possible.

  2. Ricardo says:

    Big off-topic but I wonder if anyone here can point me in the right direction. Got into an argument with a friend regarding batteries and pollution. The usual “batteries are worse for the environment stuff.” I was telling him that no way a few kg of toxic materials could possibly damage the planet more than all the gasoline a car would use during its expected service life. It dawned on me that even I couldn’t say how many kg of toxic stuff. I know batts are heavy but exactly how many kg of nickel, cobalt and lithium are we talking about? Cheers guys

    • Evandro says:

      I think the best answer to that argument is: at the end of life of the battery, almost all the materials can be recycled, and it will be much more cheaper to recycle than to extract raw materials from the earth.

      Also, petrol and diesel are impossible to recycle!

      • Ricardo says:

        Yes, I know. One could also say that cobalt and nickel have their days numbered but I would like to be able to say that even though the battery weighs 500 or so kg, only a tiny fraction of that weight is lithium. Is it?

        • Buutvrij says:

          Long time ago I red that an Nissan Leaf battery only contains 4 kg of lithium. Maybe Pedro has an better answer.

    • Marcel says:

      Auke Hoekstra on Twitter is a really good source of information on EVs vs ICEVs: https://twitter.com/AukeHoekstra
      This thread has a lot of links to a lot of debunking of that misinformation.

      I can no longer remember where I saw it, but a lot of that EVs are worse stuff comes from a study that used battery tech from 2012 (probably first gen nissan leaf) as its benchmark for embedded emissions. So battery manufacturing has become much more efficient since then, and many of these studies don’t count all the upstream emissions from extraction and refining of petrol and diesel.

      Apparently refining petroleum takes a large amount of electricity, such that an ICEV requires almost as much electricity per km as an EV does, in addition to the energy extracted from the fuel. So emissions on ICEVs are a lot more than just the amount of CO2 that comes out of the individual tail pipe.

  3. yoyo says:

    NCM fail ๐Ÿ™
    LFP batteries that last a lifetime or something less…
    The Neta looks awesome and they seem like they will probably be more aggressive on the price than BYD so hopefully they will offer a LFP option before exporting…
    How cheap could the BYD’s be across the board if they did not engineer and produce so many versions ICE, PHEV DM (high performance), PHEV DM-i (high efficiency) and BEV of everything and offer many of those versions in Pro, Plus, and standard ๐Ÿ™ what a waste of engineering resources…
    BEV only already…
    Although the Dolphin and Yuan are BEV only..
    I think i saw the Yuan Plus will be released next week??

  4. Rok says:

    Are there any indications besides speculation that BYD is coming to EU?

    • Pedro Lima says:

      BYD said that Norway is the opening door for electric cars in Europe. The Tang is already on sale there, then the Han is next. Cheaper and less profitable cars will come later.

      The rest of Europe is already getting electric buses from BYD.

      • Buutvrij says:

        I sent BYD Netherlands/Europe an email about Dolphin/AE1 coming to Netherlands next year but they are not responding..

        • Pedro Lima says:

          People have been asking BYD Europe the same thing on Twitter.

          BYD’s response is that the announcement of new electric cars coming to Europe will be made on the official website.

          • Buutvrij says:

            Ok thanks Pedro, I will keep an eye on their official site then..

        • sluf says:

          i had an email from byd europe ;Byd dolphin is coming in spring 2022.

  5. Rodri says:

    Great range for an incredible price. Plus the safety features and modern interiors. If only they could charge faster to make long trips feasible.

  6. Maximilian Holland says:

    It will be great to see this come to Europe. CATL is now an investor in the NETA brand also, so they are *very* well positioned to get good quantity of battery supply!

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