- Chinese electric-car maker BYD launched the Seagull, a ridiculously cheap hatchback.
- It costs roughly $11,000 to start and offers up to 251 miles of range, according to BYD.
- It can charge from 30% to 80% in 30 minutes.
This sleek little hatchback is one of the best deals on the electric-car market. But don’t get your hopes up too much — you can’t buy one in America.
The bargain-bin Seagull comes from BYD, a Chinese carmaker that’s swiftly taking over the country’s competitive EV market and making lots of trouble for Tesla and Elon Musk.
It recently went on sale with a starting price of 73,800 yuan, or roughly $10,600. Pricing goes all the way up to around 89,800 yuan (around $13,000),
It’s an astonishingly low price point in the global EV market. In China, the Tesla Model 3 costs the equivalent of $33,000. But the country is known for its cheap, tiny EVs.
The cheapest Seagull delivers 305 kilometers (190 miles) of range, BYD says.
A more expensive version with a slightly larger battery pack returns an impressive 405 kilometers (251 miles), according to BYD. Both models can charge from 30% to 80% in 30 minutes.
BYD doesn’t quote a 0-60-mph time but says the Seagull can hit 31 mph in 4.9 seconds.
So how big — or small — is the Seagull? At 148.8 inches long, it’s a little shorter than a Mini Cooper and a little longer than a Fiat 500.
Inside, it offers up a rotating, 10.1-inch touchscreen and four airbags.
BYD hasn’t said whether it’ll sell the Seagull outside of China, but it already exports other EVs to Europe and South America.
Written by: Tim Levin @BusinessInsider.com
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