New BYD Dolphin: the small, affordable electric car we’ve been waiting for? | Electrifying

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If you’re in the market for a small, efficient and affordable electric car, you don’t need me 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’ chains (which means one company builds and makes everything from the microchips to the mirrors) Chinese brands are perfectly placed to brings 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 (complete with an alarming zero star EuroNCAP safety rating) has long since passed its prime. In many ways, the Dolphin is aiming at an open goal. 

Equipped with a 60kWh battery and with a WLTP range of 265 miles, the £27,000 (estimated) big supermini could be an unbeatable package. Join Mike as he takes a look round the new European-spec Dolphin and takes a right-hand drive prototype for a drive.

Will the Dolphin be on your shortlist? Let us know in the comments below.


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