BYD, a Chinese carmaker, has achieved a significant milestone as they recently produced their 500,000th Atto 3 electric vehicle (EV) at their Hefei factory. This milestone was reached just 19 months after the Atto 3 was initially launched in China. This translates to an average of 26,000 units being produced monthly since its launch.
The Atto 3 is BYD’s first model designed for the global market and has been well-received in various countries. In fact, it has become the best-selling new energy vehicle (NEV) in countries like Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, and Sweden. NEV is a term used to describe vehicles that are powered either fully or predominantly by electricity.
The Atto 3 is built on BYD’s e-Platform 3.0 and was introduced in Malaysia in December 2023. It is available in two variants: the Standard Range and the Extended Range. The Standard Range offers a range of 410 km according to NEDC standards (345 km according to WLTP standards), while the Extended Range provides a range of 480 km (NEDC) (420 km WLTP). The prices for these variants are RM150,430 and RM168,430 respectively.
Last year, BYD made the strategic decision to cease production of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and focus on producing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). This move proved to be successful, as the company’s sales of NEVs more than tripled in 2022, reaching a total of 1.86 million units.
In addition to the Atto 3, BYD recently introduced another electric vehicle called the Dolphin. The Dolphin is a further testament to BYD’s commitment to sustainable transportation and their dedication to producing a wide range of electric vehicles for different markets.
– NEDC: New European Driving Cycle
– WLTP: Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure