It will not surprise anyone to say that the key to a greater emergence of electric cars in our country is to have an offer of affordable models with good features. That is the formula suggested by Dolphin WORLD a Chinese electric car that is set to extend the great success achieved worldwide in Spain, where it has already sold more than 500,000 units.
On September 22, the 500,000th Dolphin left the factory. Therefore, today there are more than half a million Dolphins circulating around the world, with great success, especially in China, its local market. Since its launch in August 2021, it is the best-selling C segment car in China for 19 consecutive months.
But not only in China. In the first half of 2023, it the sixth best-selling electric car in the world (190,537 units), just behind the Atto 3 (232,931), also from the Chinese brand. Due to the distance relative to its pursuer, everything suggests that the Dolphin will finish in the sixth position of the best sellers when the year ends. And no one will be surprised, what it offers.
The formula, apparently, is easy: reliable performance, good equipment in terms of safety and technology and a reasonable price. To that we must add a stunning interior design and new battery technology. After achieving success in markets as diverse as Brazil and Thailand (in addition to China), its recent arrival in Europe, including Spain, aims to continue achieving good sales.
How much does the BYD Dolphin cost in Spain?
In our country, the Dolphin is in four versions and three engines different from 95, 177 and 204 horses of power. The two lower power versions have a 44.9 kWh capacity battery, while the 204 HP version has an accompanying 60.4 kWh battery.
The autonomy covers between 310 and 427 kilometers, depending on the version, and its price starts at 29,990 euros before assistance. With the incentives of the Moves III Plan with scrapping, the cheapest Dolphin starts at 22,990 euros, which can be reduced by another 3,000 euros due to the personal income tax deduction.
The BYD Dolphin range and its prices for Spain are detailed below. The displayed prices they do not include aid in the Moves III Plan or the personal income tax deduction.
- Dolphin Active: 29,990 euros (95 HP/ 340 km autonomy).
- Dolphin Boost: 30,690 euros (177 HP/ 310 km autonomy).
- Dolphin Comfort: 35,690 euros (204 HP/ 427 km autonomy).
- Dolphin Design: 37,690 euros (204 HP/ 427 km autonomy).
If we take the version with the best range ratio in euros / kilometers, the Dolphin Comfort, we have a compact electric car that, after the help of Moves, can cost 28,690 euros. Again, 3,000 euros can be deducted from that figure for personal income tax reduction. A price, no doubt, very competitive.
How much are your opponents spending?
Con 4.29 meters tall and a 345-liter trunk capacity, the Dolphin is a C-segment electric that competes with MG4HE Citroën ë-C4HE Renault Megane E-Tech electricHE Cupra was born and the Volkswagen ID.3. The key is not that BYD is cheaper than all of them (except MG), but that it is also cheaper than equivalent models with gasoline or diesel engines.
Volkswagen is the most expensive of them all. The ID.3 Pro with 204 HP and 428 km of autonomy costs 42,750 euros. A BYD Dolphin Comfort with the same power and almost the same approved range (427 km) costs 35,690 euros. With equivalent versions of power / range, the BYD and the MG cost almost the same.
In this regard, the price of the Citroën ë-C4 is 33,405 euros in its access version, with 136 horses and 356 kilometers of approved autonomy.
she Renault Megane E-Tech starts at 36,768 euros with the EV40 version with 131 horses and 302 kilometers of autonomy. However, this version has little appeal for consumers, because it cannot be charged with direct current, only with alternating current at a maximum power of 7.4 kW. The next version of the range (EV60 160 kW super charge) has risen to 43,488 euros.
she Cupra was born is he primo brother of ID.3, but it is cheaper. The cheapest version starts with 38,210 euros with 425 kilometers of autonomy (58 kWh battery) and 204 horsepower motor.