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Thanks to a sodium battery, the BYD Seaguell is said to be available in China for less than 9,000 euros.
There is a catch, however.
If you want to afford an electric car, you have to dig deep into your pockets or buy curious models like the Chang Li Freeman.
But the Stromer should be cheaper.
VW is aiming for example with the ID.
2all has a price of less than 25,000 euros.
A possible ID.1 could even be less than 20,000 euros.
At BYD, one has only a weary smile for such goals.
The Seagull could be available in China for just under 9,000 euros.
This puts the Stromer in competition with many a light electric vehicle such as the Opel Rocks-e.
With a length of 3.78 meters and a wheelbase of 2.5 meters, the Seagull is still ideal for the city.
However, its compact dimensions are not the reason why it is so cheap.
Rather, the battery technology makes this cheap price possible, as
Electric car for 9,000 euros: A new technology enables cheap prices
In addition to the classic lithium iron phosphate battery, BYD also offers a 30 kWh sodium ion battery.
This should allow the electric car to travel around 305 kilometers according to the CLTC standard (China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle).
What is special about this technology, however, is that lithium is no longer required.
The BYD Seagull could be available for less than 9,000 euros.
The production is therefore much more environmentally friendly, since sodium occurs all over the world and in significantly larger quantities.
In addition, the sodium-ion batteries score with high charging speeds and are less prone to overheating.
The service life is also longer, with lower production costs.
Again, that's good for the price.
Charging an electric car: These ten go the furthest after 20 minutes
Kia EV6: 309 kilometers.
Thanks to modern 800-volt charging technology, the mid-range SUV from South Korea is clearly at the top.
The version with rear-wheel drive and 77.4 kWh battery was the only model in the test field that broke the 300-kilometer mark.
Base price: 46,990 euros.
Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+: 275 kilometers.
The luxury sedan for at least 107,326 euros gets the most out of the 400-volt technology used thanks to precise charging and temperature management.
The long-range version with a 108 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive was tested.
© Deniz Calagan/Mercedes-Benz AG
BMW iX: 273 kilometers.
The large electric SUV was tested in the luxury class category as the xDrive50 with all-wheel drive as standard – and with a powerful 105.2 kWh battery.
The base price of the powerful Stromer is 84,600 euros.
© Uwe Fischer/BMW
Hyundai Ioniq 5: 272 kilometers.
The South Korean SUV is technically related to the test winner Kia EV6 and uses the same fast 800-volt technology.
The more economical rear-wheel drive version costs from 43,900 euros, the version with a 72.6 kW battery was tested for an additional 4,000 euros.
© Dino Eisele/Hyundai
Porsche Taycan GTSPorsche Taycan: 271 kilometers.
In the upper class, the test values were relatively close together.
In the GTS version, the electric Porsche (base price 86,733 euros) with a 93.4 kWh battery is only just behind the best in its class, and it can also charge with 800 volts.
© Porsche AG
Audi e-tron GT quattroAudi e-tron GT quattro: 237 kilometers.
The four-door, electric sports car with all-wheel drive is based on the Porsche Taycan and therefore also has fast 800-volt technology and a 93.4-kWh battery, but is slightly larger and more spacious.
Price: from 104,000 euros.
BMW i4 eDrive40BMW i4: 235 kilometers.
The electric version of the conventionally powered 4 Series is the sportiest model in the mid-range category.
As the eDrive40, it costs from 59,200 euros and has a battery with a capacity of 83.9 kWh.
Tesla Model 3Tesla Model 3: 221 kilometers.
The electric car pioneer has always placed more value on range than on fast charging, which is a conflict of goals when designing the battery.
The long-range version with an 82.1 kWh battery was tested on the brand's own superchargers.
Base price of the Model 3: 52,965 euros.
Polestar 2Polestar 2: 218 kilometers.
The still young brand belongs to the Chinese Geely group, the cars are developed by its subsidiary Volvo and produced in China.
The Polestar is available from 46,495 euros, the rear-wheel drive long-range version with a 78 kWh battery was measured.
BMW iX3BMW iX3: 201 kilometers.
Another BMW based on the tried-and-tested model of converting a combustion engine model to an electric vehicle.
The mid-range SUV costs from 67,300 euros and has a battery with a capacity of 80 kWh.
Electric car for 9,000 euros: BYD Seagull celebrates its world premiere in April
However, the low energy density and the high weight of the sodium-ion batteries are not so good.
For comparison: With the 38 kWh lithium battery, the BYD Seagull has a range of 405 kilometers - 100 kilometers more than with the new sodium technology.
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According to t3n,
the official prices for the compact electric car
in China should be the equivalent of 10,700 to 13,300 euros.
However, marketing material that has already been leaked shows that the BYD Seagull is available from some retailers for as little as 8,700.
It is still unclear whether the cheap electric car, which celebrates its world premiere on April 18 at the Shanghai Auto Show, will also come to Europe.
Rubric list image: © BYD