The BYD Seal vehicle will begin mass production this month, with an estimated monthly capacity of 15,000 units, according to a Weibo post from Changzhou city, Jiangsu province on June 12.
The Seal is a mid-size electric vehicle based on the e-platform 3.0 architecture, and is the second model in BYD’s Marine Life electric vehicle lineup, following the Dolphin. Four models are expected to launch, with presale pricing ranging from 212,800 yuan to 289,800 yuan ($31,582-$43,010). A total of 22,637 orders were placed within seven hours of the presale opening on May 20.
Seal model body size is 480018751460 mm, and the wheelbase reaches 2920 mm. The new car adopts CTB (cell-to-body) technology, iTAC technology and rear-wheel-drive architecture for the first time. On the central control, Corsair adopts the latest DiLink intelligent network connection system with a 15.6-inch screen adaptive rotating suspension cushion, which can support 5G network connection.
According to data released by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the BYD Seal is available in three power versions: a 550 km range version with a single motor in the rear, a power total of 150 kW and a total torque of 310 Nm, and an acceleration time of 7.5 seconds; a 700 km range version with a single motor at the rear, a total power of 230 kW and a total torque increased to 360 Nm, and an acceleration time of 5.9 seconds; a 650 km range version with two motors at the front and rear, a total power of 390 kW and a total torque of 670 Nm, and an acceleration time of 3.8 seconds.
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According to statistics released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) on June 10, China’s passenger car sales volume reached 1.354 million in May, down 16.9 percent year-on-year. BYD ranked second during the month, with retail sales of 114,000 vehicles, representing a year-over-year increase of 159.5%.