PETALING JAYA: It was just over two months ago that Sime Darby Motors (SDM) Malaysia had signed a distribution agreement with China’s electric car maker BYD.
Today sees the launch of the Atto 3 SUV, the first BYD model in Malaysia. It will be followed by the e6 MPV.
The Atto 3 is one of a handful of electric cars now available in Malaysia. It is the second electric car from China to be launched after Great Wall Motor’s
Ora Good Cat
hatchback last month.
Pre-booking for the first 100 units of the Atto 3 had opened on Nov 29.
The Atto 3 is available in two variants: Standard Range at RM149,800 and Extended Range at RM167,800.
The Standard Range gets a 49.92 kWh battery, while the Extended Range model comes with a 60.48 kWh. Range is 410km (NEDC) and 480km respectively.
Both are front-wheel drive vehicles with an electric motor mounted in front, which produces 201hp/204PS and 310Nm of torque.
They use BYD’s less bulky lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) Blade batteries.
The Standard Range and Extended Range can handle up to 70kW and 80 kW DC fast charging respectively, allowing it to be charged from 0-80% in 45 minutes. AC charging of up to 7 kW is supported.
First deliveries will be latter this month. Waiting period for the model is 3 months.
As to local assembly, BYD said the matter is under study.
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