$9,700 BYD Seagull EV Stuns the West

Electric vehicles (EVs) are too expensive in the West. Even the most economical models are still more expensive than the corresponding combustion-powered vehicle, despite the enthusiastic claims of Western automakers that their next-generation EV platforms will enable purchasing of electric technology for thousands of dollars less than it does now.

However, that all seems pointless in light of recent information from Chinese automaker BYD. In response to China’s ongoing price wars, BYD has slashed the retail price of its least expensive electric vehicle, the Seagull, by 5%, after which the EV is available for as low as $9,700. Meanwhile, Stellantis is enthusiastic about launching its Citroen e-C3 and its upcoming Fiat equivalent for $22,000, while VW is working on its $26,500 ID.2.

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On the other hand, the least expensive EV offered in America, the obsolete 40 kWh Nissan Leaf, costs $28,140, and even the cheapest car of any type, the antiquated Mitsubishi Mirage, comes in at $16,695.

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BYD Seagull measures 3,780/1,715/1,540 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,500 mm, making it a tad longer than the Wagon R we have here, and is much wider than the Alto with a very generous wheelbase that translates into a better interior space for the occupants. It has a 55 kW (75 hp) motor, enabling it to reach a top speed of 130 km/h, and comes with two battery options— one is a 30 kWh LFP battery that gives a 305 km CLTC driving range, while the second option is a 38 kWh LFP battery, offering an extended 405 km CLTC range.

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Earlier this year, BYD celebrated producing 200,000 units of the Seagull which came hardly 7 months after the electric hatchback debuted in April 2023. The Seagull is not only tremendously popular within China but has received a warm reception in export markets too. BYD has also recently introduced the Seagull to the South American markets where it is marketed as the Dolphin Mini.

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So the question is, are Western automakers competitive enough, or are they more comparable to the British motorbike industry in 1968, on the brink of a catastrophic collapse?

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