BYD Dolphin Dives Into Singapore As The Country's Most Affordable EV

BYD Dolphin Dives Into Singapore As The Country's Most Affordable EV

James Wong
James Wong
03 Jul 2023

BYD today launched the Dolphin, its most affordable car yet and the cheapest entry into an EV right now in Singapore at $156,888.

It is said to be priced in the ballpark of the Ora Good Cat, another entry-level EV that was previewed earlier in March but has not officially launched yet.

Like the Atto 3, the Dolphin is built on e-Platform 3.0 which promises a class-leading EV experience along with the proprietary Blade battery. Being only slightly shorter than the Atto 3 (with a 2.7 metre wheelbase), the Dolphin boasts pretty decent interior space when we tried it at the launch, especially for rear passengers (there is a flat floor). The rear seats will fold 60:40, too, expanding boot space from 345 litres to 1,310 litres.

Range is estimated to be around 340 km, and the fastest possible charge time with a 60 kWh DC charger is only 33 minutes to juice up the 44.9 kWh battery from 20% to 80%. Power is rated at 70 kW (94 hp), which puts the Dolphin firmly in Cat A. 0-100 km/h takes 12.3 seconds, but expect the Dolphin’s torque to let it surf our roads with ease.

In addition, the Dolphin is also fully integrated with the BYD App which will allow you to control and monitor the track remotely. The 12.8-inch display also rotates, just like in the Atto 3, and can receive Over-The-Air (OTA) updates.

In line with its market positioning, the Dolphin features funky exterior colours like Maldive Purple and Coral Pink, which also extends into the interior. Overall, the interior hints of decent build quality and a more subdued approach (versus the Atto 3), and the seats are upholstered in vegan leather. If you wish to be more conservative, Sand White and Urban Grey are also available.

Despite being an entry-level car, the Dolphin features Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Collision Warning and ventilated front seats as standard.

At the launch, BYD also hinted that it will open an experience outlet at Suntec City this month, as well as introducing hybrid vehicles to the Singapore market as early as next year. It looks like things are going swimmingly well for BYD, indeed!

Photos by James Wong


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