BYD will begin European expansion in NorwayMay 5, 2020
Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has stepped up its plans to enter the European passenger car market and will launch its electric Tang EV600 SUV in Norway later this year.
The company, which already sells electrified buses in Europe, has chosen Norway as the first country to receive the new Tang electrocross, on the grounds that it has a developed charging infrastructure and high demand for electric cars.
The appearance of the SUV will be followed by the European launch of a number of commercial vehicles, including a van, tractor and truck, which will be presented in two versions.
The second generation Tang EV600 is offered in five- or seven-seater versions with a 82.8 kW / h battery, which will allow the electric car to travel up to 600 km in the NEDC cycle – although this figure is likely to decrease after the car is subjected to mandatory WLTP testing.
It is equipped with an electric motor on each axis for permanent four-wheel drive and has a combined output of 483 hp. – 81 hp more than the Audi E-tron. They say that it accelerates to a hundred in just 4.4 seconds and is able to quickly charge in just 30 minutes – although it is unclear whether this figure corresponds to 80% or 100% of the charge.
The cost of new items in Europe has not yet been announced, but the starting price in China is about 260,000 yuan, which means that electrocross is likely to significantly undermine its western competitors when it arrives in Europe.
“Norway is the most advanced market in Europe when it comes to the wide distribution and use of electric vehicles, as well as the availability of a comprehensive charging network. We will carefully evaluate the market, but in the long run, our goal is to expand sales of cars outside of Norway. We are pleased to expand our portfolio with the addition of these new pure electric vehicles. This is another milestone in our commitment to environmental protection, which helps to reduce emissions and cleaner air in Europe, ”said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe.
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