Chinese cars have become a common sight in Europe, and now they're not just offering more of the same; they are introducing revolutionary new technologies to the market.


Key takeaways:

  • BYD SEAL is an all-electric car based on the new e-Platform 3.0, featuring Cell-to-Body technology.
  • The car runs on cobalt-free Blade Batteries.
  • It boasts a maximum range of 570 km, an 11 kW AC charging capacity, and a 150 kW DC charging capacity.
  • Deliveries are set to begin in late 2023, with no price announced yet.


Since BYD fully embraced EVs, it has produced impressive yet reasonably priced car models. Leading the Chinese EV production, the company is acclaimed as the fastest-growing EV manufacturer globally, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it appears to be accelerating its innovation efforts in both design and battery technology.


The latest BYD offering in Europe

The SEAL is a D-segment vehicle, representing the latest addition to a series of new vehicles primarily focused on the E and C segments. These include the HAN, TANG, ATTO 3, and DOLPHIN, all of which have seen successful launches. The company holds high expectations for the SEAL model as well. BYD is counting on the enthusiasm of the younger European generation for new EV technology and their preference for Chinese affordability compared to European manufacturers.


Is BYD SEAL good

Let's delve into power and speed. The BYD SEAL comes in two versions: the Design and Excellence-AWD, representing a rear-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive version, respectively. Depending on the configuration, you'll either have 308 horsepower or a robust 523 horsepower with 670 Nm of torque. According to BYD, the zero to 60 mph acceleration is 5.9 seconds for the rear-wheel-drive version and an impressive 3.8 seconds for the AWD model, with both reaching a top speed of 180 km/h. 

The BYD SEAL is built on a stable platform, the e-Platform 3.0, incorporating Cell-to-Body technology that significantly enhances the car's rigidity and stability. In a first for BYD, the company has ventured into independent suspension, equipping the car with double wishbones at the front and a five-link rear suspension to further reinforce stability. This stability is further bolstered with variable frequency dampers, which are automatically activated on rough roads.

In line with modern vehicles, BYD SEAL offers multiple driving modes tailored for the European market. Drivers can choose between ECO, Normal, Sport, and Snow modes to suit their preferences and driving conditions.


What is the range of the BYD Seal 2023

Since the inception of electric vehicles, range has been the primary concern for both manufacturers and drivers. This anxiety-inducing issue is primarily driven by the fear of being stranded in areas lacking charging infrastructure. 

The batteries in the new BYD SEAL have a capacity of 82.5 kWh in both versions. However, due to variations in powertrain and output, their efficiency differs. In the "Designer" (the rear-wheel-drive version), the batteries provide a range of 570 kilometers on a full charge. However, in the AWD version, the range is slightly reduced to 520 kilometers.


What type of battery is in the BYD seal

BYD consistently promotes its new Blade Batteries and Cell-to-Body technology. Essentially, the Chinese company employs a platform that enhances the car's overall structural stability.

Similar to its most recent offerings, the BYD ATTO 3 and the BYD DOLPHIN, the BYD SEAL utilizes the same system. Power is supplied by 172 thin, elongated, blade-shaped cells. In contrast to other EV battery technologies, BYD does not utilize the common lithium-ion combination; instead, it is replaced by a lithium-iron-phosphate combination. Furthermore, the blade batteries are completely Cobalt-free.


How long does it take to charge a BYD SEAL

The BYD SEAL battery can be charged from 30% to 80% in under 30 minutes when connected to a 150 kW DC charging station. Additionally, the charging port is equipped with an 11 kW 3-phase on-board charger, compatible with AC charging stations.

BYD SEAL design

The SEAL is the second BYD model to embrace the "Ocean" design philosophy, which is evident in its low body with sleek, flowing lines.

The front end features a nose that slopes down, sitting lower than the headlights, leaving no room for a traditional grille, which is replaced by small air intakes on each side. Beyond its aesthetics, this low-profile design serves a practical purpose by significantly reducing drag to just 0.219 Cd.

In contrast, the rear profile stands considerably higher, adorned with LED lighting spanning the entire rear end. The designers have clearly eschewed straight lines, giving birth to an organically designed EV that effectively communicates a sense of sportiness, speed, and seamless driving experience.

This delicate and thoughtfully crafted design is intended to endure for years. To ensure its longevity, consider investing in a custom-made car cover tailored specifically for your car's make and model.



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BYD SEAL Interior

One of the first noticeable details inside the BYD SEAL is the elevated roof. Despite the low profile, the manufacturer managed to lower the floor thanks to special battery pack technology, allowing for more headroom without needing to raise the roof.

The dashboard provides ample storage space, along with a generously sized wireless charging pad capable of accommodating two phones. The dashboard itself boasts a unique laminated design, mirroring the fluidity of the exterior design.

However, the downside to all these holes and curves lies in the complexity of cleaning and maintenance. To spare yourself the headache, consider investing in a custom-made dash cover. These covers are designed to protect your dashboard while preserving its design and functionality. 

The BYD SEAL can comfortably accommodate up to five passengers. The seats are specially designed for long journeys, offering eight adjustable positions for the driver and extra-cushioned ergonomic seats for passengers.

Despite these accommodations, frequent use can take a toll on the seats, causing the extra cushioning to wear down and surface cracks to appear. To prevent this from happening, Coverking car experts recommend getting sturdy, custom-made seat covers for your new car rather than waiting for the seats to deteriorate.

One of the major advantages of most EVs is the front storage space, and the SEAL is no exception, offering 105 gallons of storage in the back, along with an additional 14 gallons at the front.


Does BYD Seal have Apple CarPlay

The dashboard of the BYD SEAL features an impressive 15.6-inch rotatable screen. Beyond its hardware, the infotainment system is highly versatile, offering compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moreover, it can be updated over the air through a smart 4G connection system.


What are the safety features of BYD SEAL

The ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) is a standard feature in BYD vehicles. It has the capability to monitor the car's surroundings through a 360-degree panoramic camera and strategically placed sensors. This enables the system to provide forward and rear collision warnings, blind spot detection, and the ability to perform emergency braking maneuvers.

In addition to these emergency warnings, the ADAS includes several driving assistance features such as lane-keeping assistance, lane change assist, and emergency lane-keeping, further enhancing the safety and convenience of the vehicle.


BYD SEAL Delivery Start

Dealerships are set to start receiving the first models in the fourth quarter of 2023, while customers can expect deliveries to commence in November. Those interested in placing an order can choose between two powertrain variants: the "Design" rear-wheel drive and the Excellence-AWD. In terms of aesthetics, the SEAL will be available in six body colors and two interior designs.

While pricing details have not yet been disclosed, BYD is expected to reveal them soon, given the impending delivery date. Additionally, to further incentivize sales, BYD is offering generous warranties, with a promise of four years of warranty coverage for the car itself and an extended six-year warranty for both the batteries and the motor.