BYD officially unveiled the Seagull EV at the ongoing 2023 Shanghai Auto Show and bagged 10,000 orders on the first day.
BYD has unveiled its entry-level Seagull EV at the ongoing 2023 Shanghai Auto Show. As the name indicates, it will be part of BYD’s Ocean series with nomenclature inspired by sea creatures. Being the cheapest electric offering in BYD’s ever-expanding stable, it has garnered over 10,000 orders within 24 hours of the unveiling, as announced by the company at the press conference. Let us decipher the reasons behind that.
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BYD Seagull EV Specs
The BYD Seagull is based on e-Platform 3.0 and comes equipped with 2 BYD Blade LFP battery packs – 30 kWh and 38 kWh. The former is good for a CLTC range of 190 miles (306 km), while the latter offers a decent 251 miles (404 km). The power output stands at a usable 55 kW (74 hp) from the front-mounted electric motor. Both these batteries have DC fast charging capabilities enabling them to juice up to 80% in just 30 mins.
|BYD Seagull EV||Specs|
|Battery||30 & 38 kWh (Blade LFP)|
|Range||190 / 251 mi (306 / 404 km)|
|Power||55 kW (74 hp)|
|DC Fast Charging||30 mins for 80%|
|Top Speed||130 km/h (81 mph)|
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BYD Seagull EV Dimensions
Since the Seagull is an entry-level electric hatchback from the Chinese auto giant, its dimensions are indicative of that. It has a length of 3,780 mm, a width of 1,715 mm, a height of 1,540 mm and a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. Interestingly, it is 345 mm (L), 55 mm (W) and 30 mm (H) smaller than the popular BYD Dolphin mid-size sedan. However, both EVs are based on the same architecture.
|Length||3,780 mm (148.8 in)|
|Width||1,715 mm (67.5 in)|
|Height||1,540 mm (60.6 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,500 mm (98.4 in)|
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Features & Price
Despite belonging to a subcompact segment, BYD has ensured that it is equipped with the latest convenience, tech and connectivity features. This includes a large 12.8-inch Infotainment Display, a 5-inch Driver’s Instrument Cluster, a sporty flat-bottom Steering Wheel, Wireless Charging, 2 Cup Holders, and more. The prices start at an enticing 78,800 Yuan ($11,400 ). With such an attractive package, experts believe that Seagull could become the highest-selling EV in the segment in China in the next 6 months. With BYD’s global expansion plans, the Seagull EV could attract a ton of customers in Europe and other international markets too.