BYD is breaking into Europe with its techy ‘Han’ electric sedan

BYD has announced that their Han EV luxury saloon, which is the first car to be powered by a BYD’s latest Blade batteries, will be launched in Europe with an expected price between 45,000 and 55,000 Euros. The company has not given an exact launch date but the expectation is that it should be available within a year.

605 km range, 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds

Length (mm)4980
Width (mm)1910
Height (mm)1495
Wheelbase (mm)2920
Battery Capacity (kWh)76.8
Driving Range (km, NEDC)605
Max. Power (kW)363
Max. Torque (Nm)680
0 to 100 km/h (seconds)3.9
FeaturesDiPilot advanced driving assistance system;
5G connectivity
Launch (China)June 2020

The Han EV combines advanced EV technologies with superior performance and luxury, offering a range of up to 605 km (NEDC) and a 0 to 100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds, claims BYD. With its design headed by BYD’s Global Design Director, Wolfgang Egger, the Han EV, BYD says, is designed and manufactured to match the standards of European luxury cars. The overall design of the electric car is based on the company’s new EV Dragon Face design language, mixed with European design elements. At the front, the curved design and the DRLs reflect a Chinese Dragon’s face and a tapered lighting cluster covers the entire width of the car at the rear.

BYD’s Blade battery pack that is discussed in detail later in the story offers up to 800 Amp stable current to the Han EV while the high-performance carbide motor control module improves performance. The Han EV is also China’s first mass-produced EV to be fitted with Bosch’s IPB Intelligent Integrated Brake System that delivers improved braking comfort along with higher precision braking.

BYD will also be offering the DiPilot advanced intelligent driving assistance system with the Han EV. The DiPilot combines the hardware and 5G connectivity to offer an interconnected driving experience.

Talking about the development ecosystem of the Han EV which is scheduled to be launched in China by the end of June 2020, Yubo Lian, Senior Vice President of BYD, said that the Han EV benefits from BYD’s over 10 years of research and development in EVs to offer advanced technology. The company believes that the Han EV will fulfill the expectations for a high-performance, long-range and safe electric car that combines the best of Eastern wisdom and Western aesthetics.

On the ‘Blade’ battery that powers the Han

Last month Chinese auto company BYD launched its new battery pack for EVs, the ‘Blade’ battery, which aims to redefine the safety standards for the EV industry. In development for several years, the lithium iron phosphate battery comes with singular cells arranged together and inserted into the battery pack. The optimized battery pack has increased space utilization by over 50 per cent when compared to lithium iron phosphate block batteries.

According to He Long, Vice President of BYD and Chairman of FinDreams Battery Co, the Blade batteries have four various advantages –

  • slow heat release
  • low heat generation
  • high starting temperature for exothermic reactions
  • ability to not release oxygen during a breakdown

No smoke or fire observed during nail penetration testing

The Blade batteries have been subjected to several tests including nail penetration, heating to 572 deg Fahrenheit, overcharging to 260 per cent, crushed and bent. During the nail penetration test, the battery didn’t emit smoke or fire with the surface temperature reaching between 30 to 60 deg Celsius. In the same scenario, a ternary lithium battery went past 500 deg Celsius and burned, and a conventional lithium iron phosphate block battery reached a temperature of 200 to 400 deg Celsius but didn’t emit fire or smoke.

BYD believes that electric vehicle manufacturers have overlooked battery safety in their pursuit for higher range. The energy density race has made batteries’ safety take the sidelines and with the Blade battery, BYD aims to bring it to the front again. BYD has also announced that it is in talks with many vehicle brands to develop products based on the Blade battery and is open to working with global companies.

BYD Blade Battery Production Capacity In 2020 To Be 10 GWh?

A Chinese researcher has tweeted that BYD will produce 130,000 Han EVs in the first year with a battery production capacity of 10 GWh in 2020.

Chinese web media researched Moneyball has posted on Twitter that the BYD battery plant in Chongqing has planned production capacity of 10 GWh in 2020 and will reach 20 GWh soon, which is the plant’s total capacity. BYD has planned to produce around 130,000 units of the Blade battery packs for the Han EV, which would put the average battery capacity per car at 77 kWh.

The Han EV is expected to be offered in two powertrain versions in China – a 163 kW front-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive (163 kW front and 200 kW rear motor). The sedan will also spawn a plug-in hybrid variant that will be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a massive 180 kW electric motor to offer a thrilling performance. The hybrid Han EV will be capable of traveling up to 80 km in electric power alone, it is reported.

BYD Han electric vehicle
The Han EV will lead BYD’s Dynasty family range, will have a range of 605 km in a single charge and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

In India, BYD has launched the C9 electric bus and two electric vans – T3 MPV and T3 commercial logistics minivan.

Video courtesy: BYD Europe Youtube channel