The BYD Dolphin is an affordable electric hatchback that aims to make electric vehicles more accessible to a wider audience. With two variants available – the Premium Extended Range priced at RM124,900 and the Dynamic Standard Range priced at RM99,900 – the Dolphin offers a cost-effective option for those interested in going electric.
Both variants of the Dolphin use a Blade lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery. The Dynamic Standard Range features a 44.92 kWh battery, offering a travel range of 410 km (NEDC) or 340 km (WLTP). The Premium Extended Range, on the other hand, has a larger capacity of 60.48 kWh, providing a longer operating range of 490 km (NEDC) or 427 km (WLTP). In real-world conditions, the range may vary depending on driving conditions and habits.
Charging the Dolphin is made convenient with its onboard AC charger (Type 2) that supports a maximum input of 7 kW. Additionally, both variants can handle DC fast charging, with the Dynamic Standard Range capable of charging up to 60 kW and the Extended Range up to 80 kW. This means that on suitable networks, a half hour charging time is possible.
Performance-wise, the Dolphin impresses with its smooth and fuss-free driving experience. The Standard Range variant has 95 PS (94 hp or 70 kW) and 180 Nm of torque, while the Extended Range variant boasts 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque. The latter is notably faster, taking only seven seconds for a 0-100 km/h sprint.
In terms of ride and comfort, there are slight differences between the two variants. The Extended Range, equipped with a multi-link rear suspension, offers better low-speed comfort and a quieter ride at higher speeds. On the other hand, the Standard Range, with its torsion beam rear suspension, provides a more composed and stable ride when pushed to higher cruising speeds.
Overall, the BYD Dolphin proves to be a reliable and affordable electric vehicle option for Malaysians. With its attractive pricing and decent performance, it offers a promising glimpse into the future of electrification in the country.
– BYD Dolphin Electric Vehicle official specifications and information
– Sime Darby Beyond Auto test drive event and feedback.