BYD launches Sea Lion 07 on upgraded e-Platform EVO 3.0

China’s biggest EV maker, BYD, has launched the Sea Lion 07, the first of a new Ocean-array SUV model product line. It is built on an upgraded e-Platform EVO 3.0, offering a ‘higher level of integration, stronger powertrain, and charging performance’. In China, the Sea Lion will cost 189,800 yuan (€24,220) and is targeted—once again—against Tesla’s popular Model Y.

Earlier last week, BYD’s European managing director, Michael Shu, said at the Financial Times’s Future of the Car conference the company is considering building a second assembly plant in Europe in 2025, in addition to the one in Hungary. He also said that BYD will bring a low-cost EV based on its Chinese Seagull model to Europe, which should cost less than 20,000 euros.

Upgraded e-Platform

The Sea Lion resembles—as the name suggests—the Seal sedan in design clues but offers more SUV-like dimensions with its 4,830 mm length, 1,925 mm width, 1,620 mm height, and a wheelbase of 2,930 mm. With a 500-liter trunk and a frunk with 58 liters of capacity, there should be plenty of baggage space.

But the most drastic innovations are technical. BYD claims the e-Platform 3.0 Evo is a significant upgrade from the e-Platform 3.0, improving the enhanced integration of the powertrain and charging capabilities. 

This means a 12-in-1 smart e-drive system (instead of 8-in-1) with an electro-motor combining critical components into a single unit that runs at 23,000 rpm, a world record. The top speed is 225 km/h. The Sea Lion 07 is available in four options, including three single-motor rear-wheel-drive options and one dual-motor four-wheel-drive option.

550 to 610 km CLTC range

The maximum power output is 170 kW and 230 kW for the single-motor versions and 160 kW and 230 kW for the versions with dual motors. This one has a peak torque of 690 Nm and can sprint from 0 to 100 km per hour in 4.2 seconds. Otherwise, it will rather be 6.7 to 7.3 seconds. The price of the top version is 239,800 yuan in China, some 30,730 euros.

The blade battery capacity is 71.8 kWh and 80.64 kWh, providing (CLTC) ranges of 550 km and 610 km for the two-wheel drive versions and 550 km for the four-wheel drive.

Sea Lion can charge 10 – 80% in 25 minutes at up to 180 kWh and includes a 220 V power supply for appliances like laptop charging. In extremely low temperatures, the Sea Lion 07 EV can reduce charging time by up to 40 percent, BYD claims.

Karaoke system

Sea Lion is BYD’s first to feature the DiPilot 100 ‘God’s Eye’ ADAS systems, with 12 ultrasonic radars, five mm-wave radars, and 11 cameras. It offers Level 2 driver assistance with lane-keep assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane departure assistance, traffic sign recognition, and intelligent speed control.

In the cockpit, the 15.6′ central screen holds all the car’s functions, eventually assisted by a 50-inch augmented reality (AR) Head-Up Display projecting all essential car data on the windscreen in front of the driver. And for the ones who want to show they are enjoying their ride, there is even a karaoke system.

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