That’s it, the number 2 electric car in the world has finally arrived in France

The Chinese manufacturer BYD will attend the Paris Motor Show that will be held from October 17 to 23, while sales of cars in Europe should begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.

BYD Tang, a 100% electric SUV already sold in Norway, should gradually invade Europe. // Source: BYD

BMW, Audi, Citroën, Ferrari, Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, Toyota… Not all the manufacturers mentioned will be at the next “Paris Motor Show” that will take place from October 17 to 23 in Paris, Porte de Versailles. Trade shows no longer attract manufacturers for a number of reasons : excessive participation costs, low media exposure (one innovation unleashes another) and little (if any) profit.

Therefore, many manufacturers, including the French, will not participate in the Paris Motor Show this year. The World Cup, however, is back with a new formula after a four-year absence following the health crisis. Although many will not attend, there are still many manufacturers available, and especially those with new products to present. Among those that have a stand, there are in particular Peugeot, Renault, Alpine and DS among the French, Mercedes, Smart, Jeep, or even some brands that are not yet known to the general public such as hydrogen car makers Hopium and NamX.

Coming to Europe by the end of the year

And among the manufacturers that started to be known and were in the Paris event, there is BYD (Make Your Dreams Come True). This is what the Chinese brand recently announced from a press release. So the public has the opportunity to discover a new manufacturer, and at least, because it is the number 2 electric car in the world.

Currently, BYD has not been established in the European Union, however however, the brand has been selling its Tang SUV in Europe since 2021 and especially in Norway. Why Norway? Simply because it is the most mature European market in terms of electric cars and it is a good laboratory for the future development of the Old Continent.

BYD in France at the end of the year?

So BYD will be at the Paris Motor Show and will take advantage of the large mass of the car to make its products better known to customers who will soon see these models arriving on the road. Because at the same time, BYD plans to expand its distribution network in Europe from the fourth quarter of 2022.

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We do not yet know if the French market will be affected by the end of the year, BYD has not yet formally listed the countries concerned for the end of 2022. In the lot, however, there must be the Netherlands , because the Chinese brand recently joined forces with Dutch Louwman, one of the most important distributors in Europe.

BYD in short

For the record, BYD Company was founded in 1995 and now has almost 65% of the world market for nickel-cadmium batteries. he too the world leader in lithium-ion batteries with a 30% market share. Contrary to what one might think, its main customers are not car manufacturers, but manufacturers of mobile phones such as Nokia or Samsung. Subsequently, BYD wanted to diversify into the automobile in 2003 with the acquisition of Qichuan Automobile Company, a Chinese manufacturer of small cars.

The beginnings of the sector are complicated, especially because of the plan of the Chinese authorities to consolidate the sector around the big state brands. However, BYD laid solid foundations and even participated in a European motor show in 2008, that of Geneva, with the presentation of a rechargeable hybrid sedan, the F3DM. In Europe, BYD sells and manufactures electric buses, forklifts and trucks. The brand still has a factory based in Hungary where it employs 300 people and produces up to 400 electric buses per year.

What models for our market?

If, in China, BYD sells an electric city car, two SUVs, a minivan and a sedan, in Norway, only one electric SUV is available in the catalog: the BYD Tang. It is also this model that should hit our roads in the next few months.

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The BYD Tang is a large SUV with seven seats and a battery capacity of 86.4 kWh capacity. which allows it to display a distance of 400 km in the WLTP mixed cycle, and up to 528 km according to the same standard in an urban environment. In terms of efficiency, we have done better, for example a Tesla Model Y that travels 533 km in the combined cycle with a battery of around 80 kWh.

Tang combines a 7 kW on-board charger with DC charging up to 110 kW. The car is equipped with a 180 kW (about 245 hp) electric motor, can run from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h. It sells for 619,900 Norwegian kroner, ie approximately 62,500 euros excluding taxesbecause there is no tax on electric cars in Norway.

See you in October at the Paris Motor Show to try to find out more about the arrival of BYD in France!


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