BYD has unveiled the new model year of its all-electric SUV model Tang EV that will be offered not only in China but also in Norway. In addition to a refreshed front and the option of a six- and seven-seater version offered for the first time, the 2022 Tang EV primarily offers more range thanks to a larger battery.
According to Chinese media, the new model year has a battery with an energy capacity of 108.8 kWh. In the 2021 model year, the battery still had a capacity of 86.4 kWh, in 2020 this was even less with only 82.2 kWh. With the new battery, the Tang EV single-motor version should have a range of 730 kilometres in the Chinese CLTC standard.
The 380 kW all-wheel-drive version with two electric motors has a range of 635 kilometres. There will also be a version with a smaller battery and one motor. No details are given about this battery, but the range should still be around 600 kilometres according to CLTC. Both battery options are likely to be BYD’s Blade battery, an LFP battery with a special, elongated cell format.
So far the Chinese automaking giant has not revealed further information on the DC charging power. The DC standard GB/T, which is common in China, theoretically allows charging with up to 250 kW. However, since the standard is limited to 250 amps, the maximum charging power for vehicles with a battery voltage of 400 volts is 100 kW.
What is quite clear about the new version are the optical changes: BYD has said goodbye to the combustion engine-like look of the 2021 model year with its large radiator grille and has switched to the “Dragon Face” look of the other EV models such as the Han EV and Yuan Plus. There are also aerodynamically optimised rims. Inside, too, the Tang EV adopts many elements from the other models.
The electric SUV is scheduled to go on sale in China before the end of April at prices between 280,000 and 350,000 yuan (equivalent to 40,300 to 50,400 euros). Prices for Norway have not yet been revealed; the 2021 model year was sold there at prices starting at NOK 599,900 (57,760 euros).
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