BYD enters the Japanese market with three electric vehicle models – Atto 3 on sale from January; Dolphin, Seal from mid-2023

The Chinese manufacturer BYD has announced its entry into the Japanese market with three models: the Atto 3, the Dolphin and the Seal. The Atto 3 is expected to be available for purchase in Japan from January, with the Dolphin going on sale in the country from the middle of next year and the Seal following suit in the second half of 2023.

The Atto 3 which will be the first of this trio to be marketed in Japan was launched in Australia in February this year and then in Singapore last month. It is powered by a single front-mounted drive motor producing 201PS and 310Nm of torque, delivering a 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 100mph.

According to Singapore market specifications, the Atto 3 is an EV crossover that contains the BYD Blade battery with a capacity of 60.5 kWh, allowing AC charging at 6.6 kW via a Type 2 connection as well as DC charging to 80kW via CCS2 connection.

BYD Atto 3

At 50kW DC, the Atto 3 takes 42 minutes to go from 20% to 80% state of charge, while the top charge rate of 80kW DC takes 1.2 hours to fully charge the battery from zero. Meanwhile, AC charging to 6.6kW takes 9.5 hours to go from zero to fully charged. When it debuted in Australia, the Atto 3 was also described as including two-way charging at a maximum of 2.2kW, which is enough for household appliances.

The Atto 3’s safety kit consists of seven airbags, 360-degree surround-view monitor, digital video recorder, front and rear radar units, full-speed adaptive cruise control stop-and-go speed, AEB, forward and rear collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic brake, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, light spot monitoring and door open warning.

These are also joined by traction control, hill descent control, ESP, EBD, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system and an electric parking brake.

BYD Seal (above), BYD Dolphin EA1 (below)

The BYD Seal is a more upscale proposition, built with an 800-volt electrical architecture incorporating the Blade battery that will power a single- or dual-motor powertrain setup for rear or all-wheel drive. In China, the RWD versions come in 201 hp and 312 hp variants, while the AWD variant pairs a 217 hp front engine with the 312 hp rear engine for a combined output of 530 hp.

The most powerful configuration propels the BYD Seal from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, while the best battery range is 700 km and will probably come from an RWD variant. This has been tipped to go on sale in Australia as the Atto 4, and has just been approved for sale in the country thanks to its compliance with Australian Design Rules (ADR), reports Automotive expert.

A more compact offering is represented by the Dolphin, a five-door saloon powered by a single 177hp/290Nm engine that offers a 0-60mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 100mph/160kph. h. Also using a BYD Blade battery albeit in 44.9kWh form, this gives a range of 409km, and AC charging to 7kW brings a full charge in six hours 25 minutes, while DC charging up to at 60 kW will recharge the battery by 30 -80% in 30 minutes.