BYD Seal e-sedan gets over 1,000 bookings since March 5 launch | Autocar Professional

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BYD India, a subsidiary of China’s and the world’s leading New Energy Vehicles (NEV) manufacturer which had launched the all-electric Seal sedan in India on March 5, 2024, has announced that it has received over 1,000 bookings for the zero-emission car. The first 500 bookings had come within 15 days of launch.

Prices for the BYD Seal start at Rs 41 lakh for the entry-level Dynamic variant, and go up to Rs 53 lakh for the top-spec Performance AWD variant (ex-showroom, India). The Seal is the Chinese carmaker’s third model in India after the e6 MPV and Atto 3 SUV, and is brought in as a full import.

The Seal is available with two battery options – 61.44kWh and 82.56kWh. Both batteries have BYD’s patented blade technology. The smaller battery pack is paired with a single motor on the rear axle, and produces 204hp and 310Nm of torque, with a claimed range of 510km (NEDC cycle). 

Variants with the larger 82.5kWh battery are available in both RWD and AWD configurations. In single motor RWD guise, the Seal produces 312hp and 360Nm of torque, while in dual-motor AWD configuration it produces 530hp and 670Nm of torque. Claimed range stands at 650km for the former and 580km for the latter. In its top-spec guise, BYD claims a 0-100kph sprint time of just 3.8 seconds. 

The Seal is capable of charging at speeds of up to 150kW where 10-80 percent charge comes up in 37 minutes. Using a regular 11kW AC charger, it takes 8.6 hours to charge from 0-100 percent. The Seal is capable of Vehicle to Load (V2L) charging; BYD says you could use it for camping and outdoor activities.  

BYD is providing 8 year/160,000 km warranty on the battery and 8 year/150,000 warranty on the motor and motor controller unit. BYD India currently has 24 showrooms across 21 cities.

In FY2024, BYD India, with retail sales of 1,770 units, was ranked fifth amongst Indian electric car and SUV manufacturers. 

Sanjay Gopalakrishnan, Senior Vice-President of Electric Passenger Vehicle Business at BYD India, said: “The phenomenal response to the BYD Seal, surpassing 1,000 bookings in just over two months, is a testament to the growing appetite for high-performance and stylish electric vehicles in the Indian market. We are confident that the BYD SEAL, with its award-winning technology, exceptional range, and unparalleled safety features, will be a game-changer in the Indian electric vehicle landscape.”

BYD India was set up in March 2007 in Chennai, India, with an office in New Delhi. The Indian subsidiary has two factories, covering more than 140,000 square metres, with an investment exceeding $200 million (Rs 1,666 crore). Its business covers electric passenger cars, battery energy storage, electric buses, electric trucks, electric forklifts, and electronics. BYD India provides customers with product solutions and related after-sales services.  

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