BYD delivers first customer cars in Australia

The BYD Atto 3 has officially arrived on Australian roads.

Local BYD dealer EVDirect has handed over the first Atto 3 to an Australian customer, according to a post on its Instagram story.

Orders for the Atto 3 have been open since February 2022 and the car was registered for sale in Australia in July. The first cars landed on Australian soil in early August.

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At the time, BYD said it had more than 4,000 local buyers. The brand says they can build 3000 of these for us a month – which would be enough to make them the second largest EV brand in Australia behind Tesla.

The price is $44,990 depending on the state, with the extended-range model costing $3000 more.

The Extended Range costs an additional $3000 and offers 420 km of range on the WLTP cycle – a 100 km increase over the standard range.

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Both variants use BYD’s in-house “Blade” LFP batteries, with the base cars having a capacity of 50 kWh and the extended range models having 60 kWh.

The first cars to arrive in Australia will be the Extended Range model, with production of the Standard Range not scheduled to begin in China until at least November 2022.

Customers will pick up their cars at a BYD Experience Center location and not at a mycar location as previously planned.

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However, maintenance will still be available at both Eagers and mycar locations. BYD revised its service pricing earlier this week and defended some details surrounding its warranty after sparking backlash from customers.

There is also the option to have your BYD vehicle delivered to you for a fee if you live more than 50 km from an Eagers location.

BYD vehicles have previously been offered in Australia – you might have grabbed a previous-generation BYD e6 taxi in Sydney – but the EVDirect-led push of the new Atto 3 small electric SUV is the Chinese brand’s biggest move here yet.

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Although not a household name in Australia, BYD is a giant in the “new energy vehicle” space, making electric buses as well as cars and even batteries for other companies. Warren Buffett is a major shareholder.

In addition to the Atto 3, two other BYD vehicle models will be available for sale both online and in stores in Australia by December 2022, expected to be a small EV hatch and a mid-size EV sedan.

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