BYD continues on with its massive expansion plans has now officially announced its entry in Malaysian market. The Chinese automaker has signed a distributorship agreement with Sime Darby Motors (SDM) to sell BYD electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia.
The 2 BYD models that have been confirmed for Malaysia include the Atto 3 and e6. This is similar to what BYD is offering in the Indian market. Atto 3 which is known as the Yuan Plus in its home market of China, is an all-electric crossover that features a front-mounted electric motor rated 201 hp (150 kW) and 310 Nm.
The Atto 3 is due to go on sale in Thailand next month and has already been introduced in Australia, where it is available with two Blade battery options. The first is a 49.92 kWh unit offering 345 km of range (WLTP, 410 km as per NEDC), while the other is a 60.48 kWh unit rated for 420 km (WLTP, 480 km as per NEDC).
On the other hand, the e6 MPV features a 71.7 kWh battery that powers a front-mounted electric motor providing 94 hp (70 kW) and 180 Nm. Powered by Blade batteries, the WLTC-rated driving range is 522 km. Commenting on the development, Andrew Basham, managing director of SDM said:
“In line with our commitment to encourage EV adoption amongst Malaysians, we are pleased to welcome BYD to our stable of world-class brands, enabling us to continue growing our EV pipeline of models. BYD is the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles and this partnership will bring BYD’s expertise to the Malaysian market through a wide range of EV models. Our collaboration with BYD is one of the steps Sime Darby Motors is taking towards our aim of becoming a leader in EV. This is also aligned with the Malaysian government’s push towards low carbon mobility.”
Meanwhile, Liu Xueliang, the general manager of BYD Asia Pacific Auto sales division said:
“Malaysia is a key market for our expansion, as there are vast opportunities for the EV ecosystem to grow and evolve. Given its proven track record and well-established presence in the automotive sector in the Asia Pacific region, we look forward to partnering with Sime Darby Motors to serve Malaysia’s growing EV demand.”
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