Globally renowned Chinese auto maker BYD, the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles and power batteries (whose name stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’), has introduced a new brand and new technology to the Irish market with the arrival of their all-new, all-electric BYD ATTO 3 C-segment SUV.
Available initially through dealerships in Dublin and Cork – with additional dealerships to be announced shortly – the BYD ATTO 3 can be viewed in Dublin at BYD North Dublin on Navan Roadand at BYD South Dublin in Deansgrange. In Cork, models can be viewed at BYD Cork at Eastgate Business Park, Little Island.
Designed by renowned German auto designer, Wolfgang Egger, the eye-catchingly elegant BYD ATTO 3 is styled with European customers in mind. With its distinctive sloping silhouette, it is expressive from every angle. Equipped with exceptionally high levels of standard equipment, including a Panoramic Sunroof, BYD’s attention to detail can be seen throughout, extending to its unique interior to give the ATTO 3 an added dimension of youthful flair and personality.
The ATTO 3 range consists of three model variants: Models with ‘Comfort’ and ‘Design’ trim levels followed by an ‘Active’ model variant – all part of the Phase One scheduling of BYD’s launch into the Irish market.
ATTO 3 Pricing
Taking account of its high level of standard specification, its many innovative features, and its extensive range of high-tech elements, the ATTO 3 is introduced at what its distributor says is ‘an appealingly-competitive price level’ beginning from €37,128.
With more than 28 years’ experience in battery research and development, BYD is globally renowned for its pioneering technology and world-leading innovations in eMobility solutions. The only New Energy Vehicle (NEV) producer to have developed its own powertrain systems, power batteries, automotive semiconductors, drive-motors and motor controller systems, BYD is bringing ‘pinnacle’technology and revolutionary battery expertise to the vehicles it produces, ATTO 3 included.
A spacious C-Segment SUV, the new ATTO 3 combines modern aesthetics with exceptional intelligence and efficiency that BYD states ‘is derived from pioneering electric vehicle technology and smart connectivity’.
Developed for safety, efficiency and performance, the BYD ATTO 3 is the first SUV to be built on BYD’s ultra-intelligent, next-generation e-Platform 3.0 for the ultimate in safety, system efficiency, integrated vehicle intelligence, and performance. Creating larger cabin space, BYD’s new generation e-Platform 3.0 is at the forefront of EV innovation – reflected in the world’s first mass-produced highly integrated 8-in-1 electric powertrain connecting all electric control units and management systems,and in a seamless deep integration of the system that delivers overall system efficiency of 89%. Other core features at the heart of the e-Platform 3.0 are BYD’s cobalt-free Blade Battery, and the high-efficiency heat pump.
Increased thermal efficiency
With intelligent thermal management, efficiency is achieved in a wide range of temperatures with an excellent low temperature driving range. Featuring the industry’s first direct cooling and heating system for power batteries, BYD’s innovative system leverages the residual heat from surroundings to increases thermal efficiency by up to 20% in Winter.
Ground-braking battery technology
In the ATTO 3, BYD utilises ground-breaking battery technology – evolved from over 28 years’ expertise in this specialist sphere – to provide new levels of safety, durability and performance, as well as increased battery space utilisation. Their revolutionary, ultra-safe Blade Battery has surpassed the Nail Penetration Test, regarded as the Mount Everest of battery safety tests. The cobalt-free Blade Battery uses Lithium Iron-Phosphate (LFP) as its cathode material which offers a much higher level of safety than conventional lithium-ion batteries. A very durable material, LFP has inherently excellent thermal stability and, significantly, is cobalt-free. Efficiency and longer range are further benefits of the Blade Battery, providing more power density for optimum performance and efficiencies, including faster charging.
Optimum Performance and Handling
Combined, this integrated technology has been developed to deliver optimum performance and a better driving experience. With the 60.48 kWh Blade Battery combined with the permanent magnet synchronous motor, the BYD ATTO 3 can accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in just 7.3 seconds.
Impressive Charging, Range and Efficiency
BYD ATTO 3 has a reassuring (WLTP combined) electric range of 420kms, with energy consumption as low as 6.40kms/kWh (WLTP), and 16.3kWh/100km or less. Charging power is 11 kW AC 3(Comfort and Design). High performance is also achieved when it comes to recharging. With a 150KW DC charger, the battery can be replenished from (SOC) 30% to 80% in just 29 minutes. Overnight charging from an almost empty battery to full range can be completed in just 6.5 hours. BYD ATTO 3 (all three trims) is also equipped with an auxiliary function whereby external devices can easily be charged by the car battery.
Ultra-Safe with High Levels of Standard Equipment
Thanks to BYD’s commitment to safer driving, the ATTO 3 has a comprehensive suite of standard safety and driver assistance equipment. In Euro NCAP Safety Tests, it secured a Five-Star Rating, achieving a score 91% for adult occupant protection and 89% for child occupant protection.
Safety features in all BYD models include: Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Brake, Lane Keep Assistance, Lane Change Assist, and Emergency Lane Keep. Further driver aids include Blind Spot Detection System, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Brake Distribution, Electric Parking Brake, Antilock Braking System, Automatic Vehicle Hold, Traction Control, Hill Decent Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limit Information, and Intelligent Speed Limit Control.
Smart connectivity and leading infotainment are other primary elements of the BYD ATTO 3. Equipped with DiLink 4.0, its 4G intelligent connection system brings leading technology experiences, and Over-the- Air (OTA) updates as part of the iCloud service.
GPS Navigation features as standard. A focal feature inside the BYD ATTO 3 is its unique 12.8 inch rotatable touchscreen (15.6 inch on Design versions) with voice recognition delivering an abundance of connected experiences and integrated Apps, including Apple CarPlay.