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BYD Offers Attractively Priced Seal & Structured Battery

BYD recently introduced the all-new Seal, which has a great chance of becoming one of the main competitors of Tesla Model 3 in China.

As we mentioned in previous reports earlier this year, BYD Seal is another model based on the e-platform 3.0, just like BYD Dolphin, and the new BYD Yuan Plus. However, it also brings an important new technology – the CTB (cell-to-body) structural battery system.

But let’s start with the basic specifications and prices of four versions of BYD Seal, available for pre-order:

  • Standard Range, RWD Elite Class:
    Price (after support): CNY 212,800 ($31,795)
    CLTC range: 550 km (342 miles)
    System output: 150 kW
  • Standard RWD Premium range:
    Price (after support): CNY 225,800 ($33,738)
    CLTC range: 550 km (342 miles)
    System output: 150 kW
  • Long Range RWD:
    Price (after support): CNY 262,800 ($39,266)
    CLTC range: 700 km (435 mi)
    System output: 230 kW
  • Long-range performance with all-wheel drive:
    Price (after support): 289,800 CNY ($43,300)
    CLTC range: 650 km (404 miles)
    System output: 390 kW, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds

The attractive design, combined with decent prices and specifications, makes it very competitive. We are not surprised that, according to the manufacturer, about 22,637 units were pre-ordered in just 7 hours after the official launch.

For reference, the after subsidies Tesla Model 3 RWD (LFP) starts at CNY 279,900 ($41,821), while the Performance version costs CNY 367,900 ($54,970). They have a range of 556 km (346 miles) and 675 km (420 miles), respectively.

Customer deliveries are expected to begin within several months, but we don’t know the exact date yet.

BYD stamp

One of the most interesting elements of BYD Seal is the first use of the CTB (cell-to-body) structural battery system.

It uses four sections of BYD Blade Battery (Long, LFP Battery Cells), which not only are integrated modularly – cell-to-pack (CTP) – but also become a structural component of the entire vehicle.

BYD Battery Seal
BYD Battery Seal
BYD Battery Seal

According to the manufacturer, the new CTB battery increases battery pack size utilization by 66%, and increases structural integrity by 50% in the event of a frontal collision. The torsional rigidity of the body has been doubled compared to the conventional design, reaching more than 40,000 Nm/degree.

To demonstrate just how powerful the battery is, BYD showed a video of a 50-ton truck driving over the battery as well as a crash test.

The battery capacity is 61.44 kWh (the standard range version) and 82.56 kWh (the long-range version), but these numbers weren’t shown in the premiere.

BYD Seal Specifications:

  • Standard Range, RWD Elite Class:
    Price (after support): CNY 212,800 ($31,795)
    CLTC Scope: 550 km (342 mi)
    Battery Capacity: * 61.44 kWh
    real wheel drive
    System output: 150 kW (peak); 70 kW continuous according to MIIT
    DC fast charging: 30-80% SOC in 30 minutes up to 110 kW
  • Standard RWD Premium range:
    Price (after support): CNY 225,800 ($33,738)
    CLTC Scope: 550 km (342 mi)
    Battery Capacity: * 61.44 kWh
    real wheel drive
    System output: 150 kW (peak); 70 kW continuous according to MIIT
    DC fast charging: 30-80% SOC in 30 minutes up to 110 kW
  • Long Range RWD:
    Price (after support): CNY 262,800 ($39,266)
    CLTC Scope: 700 km (435 mi)
    Battery Capacity: * 82.56 kWh
    real wheel drive
    System output: 230 kW (peak); 70 kW continuous according to MIIT
    DC fast charging: 30-80% SOC in 30 minutes up to 150 kW
  • Long-range performance with all-wheel drive:
    Price (after support): 289,800 CNY ($43,300)
    CLTC Scope: 650 km (404 miles)
    Battery Capacity: * 82.56 kWh
    Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds
    real wheel drive
    System output: 390 kW (peak)
    According to MIIT: 75/160 kW asynchronous front motor and 70/150 kW permanent magnet synchronous rear motor
    DC fast charging: 30-80% SOC in 30 minutes up to 150 kW
  • Common specification
    Length: 4800 mm
    Width: 1875 mm
    Height: 1460 mm
    Wheelbase: 2920 mm
    CX: 0.219

* Unofficial battery pack capacity numbers

2022-05-25 21:32:00

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