The range of electric cars from the Chinese manufacturer BYD is just a few weeks away from starting its commercial journey in Europe. Among the three models that the brand has confirmed for our market, the electric BYD Han stands out because it is the one that for the moment will be positioned as its flagshipa model whose autonomy we have also just learned, which exceeds 500 kilometers.
It is a model that due to its power and measurements falls within the segment E, that of the large sedans, although always below the highest category among the premium firms, where the Mercedes EQS, BMW i7 and company militate.
With a total length that is situated in the 4.99 meters long, the electric BYD Han looks directly at models such as the Mercedes EQE (4.95 meters), which due to price and performance is postulated as your most direct rival. It is also comparable to the Tesla Model S (4.97 meters), Porsche Taycan (4.96 meters) and Audi e-tron GT (4.99 meters). However, both for performance and autonomy, the BYD Han is located at an intermediate point between all these models.
It will arrive, for the moment, only in an electric version (there is also a plug-in hybrid) that relies on a double electric motor to achieve 517 hp, powered by a 85.4 kWh LFP type battery.
The Chinese model has managed to homologate in Europe a WLTP range in mixed use of 521 kilometersas specified by the km77 website, a figure lower than that of the EQE in its longer-range version, the EQE 350+, which achieves 631 kilometers under the same circumstances, but comparable to that of the version AMG 43 4Matic of the EQE, which achieves 534 kilometers of autonomy and has 476 CVa figure that is close to that of BYD Han.
Despite the fact that the BYD Han enjoys a solvent autonomy and that it is a large model that can invite long trips, there is one aspect in which it falters compared to all its rivals, that of the power of burden. And it is that being based on a platform that is not specifically designed for electric cars means that the Chinese model will only be able to achieve a maximum charging power of 110 kW, which is a very poor figure compared to the 170 kW that the EQE can achieve, not to mention the 270 kW that the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan can achieve.
However, these last two models, although they are comparable to the BYD Han in terms of power and measurements, are also substantially more expensive electric cars to acquire. Although the price of the electric BYD Han has yet to be officially confirmed for Europe, it is expected that part around 70,000 eurosabout 20,000 euros less than the Porsche model and 35,000 less than the Audi.. The Han can currently be reserved through the NEM dealer.
In addition to the BYD Han, the brand will also market in Europe the BYD-Atto 3 and the BYD Tangwhile at the moment the incursion into our market of the BYD Seal, which is its most anticipated model, a rival designed to compete directly against the Tesla Model 3, remains unconfirmed.