First sub-$35K electric car? (BYD Dolphin / EA1 / Atto 2 2022 review walkaround)

BYD are following up their new Yuan Plus / Atto 3 SUV with an even cheaper, smaller electric car in December 2022. It will be called the BYD Atto 2 locally, but overseas, it is called the Dolphin or EA1. Sized like a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 2, the Dolphin has the same 2720mm wheelbase as the Atto 3, but it’s only 4 metres long. Which is tiny! Available with a 30kWh or 45kWh battery overseas, we think Australia will only get the big battery paired to a 130kW power output and front-wheel drive.

In today’s episode, Chasing Cars editor Tom Baker takes you on a detailed, independent walkaround review of the 2022 BYD Atto 2 (Dolphin/EA1) hatchback. Promising about 300km of WLTP range and 60kW charging, this would become Australia’s cheapest EV in December if BYD can achieve the promised sub-$35,000 price point.

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