BYD officially released the e-platform 3.0 for electric vehicles at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, also debuting the X DREAM concept car and all-new EA1.
BYD says the e-platform 3.0 is designed for the next generation of high-performance smart EVs offering four major advantages: intelligence, efficiency, safety, and aesthetics. It not only further integrates and standardizes core components, but also builds a brand-new body structure, digital and electrical architecture, and a revamped BYD vehicle operating system.
While BYD’s new EA1 model marks the official opening of its all brand new “e” product series, the X DREAM concept car continues the “Dragon Face” design language, integrating Chinese elements more closely into the innovative design.
e-platform 3.0, the cradle for the next generation of Evs
The e-platform 3.0 comes with smart genes, enjoying the core advantages of intelligence, efficiency, safety, and aesthetics.
When it comes to intelligence, the EV platform comes with BYD’s self-developed vehicle operating system, making it expandable, upgradeable, and fully open to developers. It delivers better interaction between the vehicle and people, as well as vehicles and other things on the road, bringing electric cars even greater autonomous driving capabilities. At the same time, the iteration speed of the new functions can be shortened from two months to two weeks, which means the function iteration cycle can be shortened by more than 70%.
With regards to efficiency, the e-platform 3.0’s key modules are smaller, lighter, stronger, and lower energy consumption. It is equipped with a new heat pump technology as standard, and a newly upgraded 8-in-1 module for the drive system, allowing the overall efficiency to exceed 89%. An electric vehicle equipped with the e-platform 3.0 takes just 2.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, with a comprehensive cruising range of up to 600 miles.
With 800V fast charging technology, an electric vehicle can be charged for just 5 minutes to give it a range of 90 miles, while power consumption per 100 kilometers (62 miles) is reduced by 10%, and the cruising range is 10% longer in winter.
In terms of safety, the ultra-safe Blade Battery is the standard configuration of the e-platform 3.0, vastly improve the integrity of pure EVs as one of the industry’s safest power batteries. This is also integrated into the vehicle’s structural design, doubling the torsional stiffness of the body.
When it comes to aesthetics, the e-platform 3.0 models redefine the design aesthetics of vehicles, with shorter front overhangs, wider wheelbase, lower center of gravity, more space, sense of movement and dynamics, as well as a drag coefficient (Cd) as low as 0.21.
In 2018, BYD announced the e-platform solution for the first time, and this latest version continues to deepen the use of original technologies, completely releases the potential of intelligent electrification, making it truly the “cradle for the next generation of electric vehicles”, while providing an excellent basic solution for the industry’s smart EVs.
Before this, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Didi Chuxing have partnered with BYD to develop EVs, and e-platform 3.0 will continue to be open to the entire industry.
EA1 and X DREAM EVs
The EA1 will be the first model of BYD’s all brand new “e” product series. It’s designed by BYD’s Global Design Director Wolfgang Egger, and is the first model to adopt marine design concepts and a new logo, aiming to create a free, unique, and joyful way of travel for young urbanites.
The X DREAM concept car continues BYD’s well-received “Dragon Face” design language. The body uses unique colors, and the interior is made using China’s unique lacquer craftsmanship, with an overall shape that combines elegance and luxury. Opening the car door makes the user feel as if being in a natural landscape, bringing a uniquely immersive driving experience.
The X DREAM concept car also uses Chinese knot elements for the first time, with the shape of the car’s lights perfectly demonstrating the fusion of technology and culture. This Chinese knot element will become a key design feature seen on BYD’s models in the future.