BYD electric ute spied on in China, plans to launch in Australia

BYD electric ute spied on in China, plans to launch in Australia

Less than a week after Australia’s first electric Ute arrived on showrooms, images of BYD’s battery-powered pick-up have surfaced online.

The Chinese electric car specialist BYD wants to enter the world market for double cabins. with a picture of a pickup truck prototype appearing in overseas reports – and it could come to Australia.

Corresponding Auto China Newsthe BYD ute was spied shortly after the automaker celebrated its three millionth hybrid and electric vehicle rolling off the assembly line last week.

Details on the Ute’s size are yet to be confirmed, but it appears longer and taller than a mid-size SUV — despite its short hood.

Auto News China claims that BYD’s Ute will be available with a choice of petrol hybrid engines as well as all-electric variants in its home market when it launches next year.

In August, BYD’s local distributor, EV Direct, announced journey Ambitious rollout plans in Australia included an electric double cab and a large electric SUV.

“We love the ute. We have a product that has been in development for some time,” said Luke Todd, CEO of EV Direct.

“We’ll hold back on the actual timing, but what I can say is when BYD’s electric ute comes into the country, there will be a turning point.”

BYD currently only sells one model in Australia – the Atto 3 SUV – although it was the second-best electric car brand in September and October, with 889 registrations, second only to Tesla.

The Chinese automaker’s Australian expansion is set to continue in 2023, with two new models reportedly on the way — a small hatchback and a mid-size sedan.

The $92,990 LDV eT60 electric ute was launched earlier this week

While BYD plans to be one of the first companies in Australia to offer an electric double cab, it won’t be the pioneer after Chinese automaker LDV launched the eT60 earlier this week.

Starting at $92,990 plus road costs, the LDV eT60 is more than double the diesel-powered flagship T60, while also being $7500 more expensive than the Ford Ranger Raptor, one of the most expensive paraphernalia in Australia – excluding the full-size -Pickups from Ram and Chevrolet.

LDV’s electric ute also lacks advanced safety aids found in Australia’s best-selling utes – like autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control, blind zone warning, rear cross-traffic alert – which are standard on most of its competitors.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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