BYD to launch electric flagship model in Europe

BYD has announced that the Han EV, the company’s pure electric flagship model will be revealed in Europe. The Han EV is the first full-electric passenger car equipped with BYD’s new ‘Blade Battery’ technology – delivering greatly enhanced safety, improved range capability and a simplified, smaller pack design.

A high-performance  motor-control propels the Han EV from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.9 seconds. At the heart of the Han EV’s drive system is BYD’s new Blade Battery, offering a single-charge range of 605 kilometres (376 miles) based on the NEDC test cycle and, according to BYD, setting new safety standards for EVs worldwide.

The Han EV will also feature ‘DiPilot’ – BYD’s self-learning, intelligent driving assistance system taking advantage of the latest 5G technology.

After thorough appraisal of the European markets, a projected price for the Han EV is expected to be in the €45,000 to €55,000 range (about £40,000 to £49,000), placing it in the premium-spec, executive car segment. The Han EV is scheduled to receive its introduction in China towards the end of June 2020.

The R&D team for the Han EV comprises  high-profile executives from legacy European manufacturers, including BYD’s Global Design Director, Wolfgang Egger.

“The Han EV boasts cutting edge technology, benefiting from BYD’s more than ten years of experience in the research and development of EVs,” said Yubo Lian, Senior Vice President of BYD, President of BYD Auto Engineering Research Institute. “Its use of the ultra-safe Blade Battery, as well as BYD’s in-house pure electric platform, body structure design, eco-friendly materials and safety systems make the Han EV the safest electric car currently on the market. We believe that the Han EV combines the best of Eastern wisdom and Western aesthetics,” he said, “and will fulfil the growing overseas market for a high performance, long-range and ultra-safe electric car. In the longer term, we are also looking forward to seeing the Han EV making a positive impact in other markets around the world.”

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