- The company said it would showcase its cars and battery tech at next year’s Auto Expo
- BYD didn’t provide specific details about the Atto 3’s release in India
- The Standard Range version of the Atto 3 can run for up to 410 km
Chinese electric car and battery producer, BYD Auto is planning its entry into India sooner than expected. BYD’s first widely available electric car in India will be the BYD Atto 3, which leverages the company’s e-platform 3.0 and the revolutionary Blade battery technology. While the Atto 3 is available in Standard Range and Extended Range battery configurations, it’s unclear if the automaker will make them both available in the country.
BYD said it would unveil its plans for the Indian segment at Auto Expo 2023, a strong indicator of the company’s willingness to get into the Indian EV market. “We are getting significant traction for our vehicles in India from corporate customers, we want to expand further into the personal buyer’s space with our SUVs,” Senior VP of BYD’s Electric Passenger Vehicle wing, Sanjay Gopalakrishnan told the media.
“We are planning to showcase our vehicle architecture and battery technology at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo, with a long-term vision of participating in the growing EV business in India,” Gopalakrishnan added.
BYD has aimed to sell at least 10,000 EVs in the early stages of its availability by importing CKDs or complete knock-down kits and assembling them in India. The manufacturer said it will look into the possibility of locally producing its EVs by 2023.
BYD Atto 3 features, specifications, price
BYD says the Standard Range model of the Atto 3 can run for up to 410 km on a full charge, whereas the Extended Range variant can go all the way up to 480 km. Barring a 60 kg weight differential, there isn’t much to differentiate between the two models. Both versions can go from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.3 seconds, while the two also get 200PS front-wheel drive powertrains.
Furthermore, the two EVs will feature adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, and lane departure warning based on advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The interiors are carefully designed, which include large air vents, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.8-inch rotating infotainment screen, and seven airbags for optimal safety.
The entry-level Standard Range version of the BYD Atto 3 could cost Rs 25 lakhs (ex-showroom), thus putting this electric SUV in the same league as the MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric. The first BYD electric car to reach India was the e6 EV. However, it is only sold to commercial buyers in the country, mostly to ferry passengers thanks to its spacious interiors.
Source: The Economic Times