New BYD Dolphin DRIVEN. Is this the cheap electric car we’ve been waiting for? | Eectrifying

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If you’re in the market for a small, efficient and affordable electric car, you don’t need us to tell you that options are thin on the ground. In stark contrast to the petrol car market, where cheap runabouts are easy to come by, those wanting to switch to electric power have precious few to choose from.

However, that could be about to change with the arrival of cars like the BYD Dolphin. Thanks to low production costs and what’s known in the industry as a ‘vertical supply’ chain (which means one company builds and makes everything from the microchips to the mirrors) Chinese brands are perfectly placed to bring their products to the market at prices that European carmakers simply can’t match.

The Dolphin is set to follow the Atto 3 into UK showrooms by the end of 2023 and has the potential to be a real game-changer. With precious few rivals (the MINI is set to be replaced, the Fiat 500e is gorgeous but expensive and the Renault Zoe comes with a zero star EuroNCAP safety rating, the Dolphin is aiming at an open goal.

Join Nicola as she takes the Dolphin for a drive in European spec for the first time. Will BYD’s £25,490 supermini be on your shortlist, or is the MG4 still the car of choice? Let us know in the comments below.


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00:00 intro- The BYD Dolphin
00:43 Design and Size
02:07 Interior
05:15 Rear seats
05:55 Boot space
06:15 Driving impressions
07:43 Battery Size and performance
09:21 Charging
10:00 The annoying things
10:44 Price and specs
11:53 our verdict