BYD Charges Philippine Market With Its All-EV Lineup

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The Philippine distributor of BYD vehicles has switched into high gear now with a complete lineup of electric cars. At the recently held Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), Solar Transport and Automotive Resources Corp., the company reintroduced the Dolphin and Tang, and launched the Han.

In April 2022, BYD announced that it had halted producing ICE-powered vehicles. The full effect of this move is expected to be completed worldwide by the 2nd half of this year. The company will continue to use internal combustion engines for its hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars. It will also continue to produce internal combustion engine parts and components.

BYD Philippines President and CEO Mark Andrew Tieng, introducing the Han EV, which is now available in the country.

Completely clearing out its inventory of ICE vehicles in the Philippines in late 2022 also marked BYD Philippines’ transition to introducing its full EV lineup. In Africa, the South and Central American countries, and parts of the Middle East, the company still has a few units to be sold. With its focus on full battery electrification, BYD is expecting a net profit of about 17B Yuan ($24B) versus 3B in 2021. It also now has the most expansive lineup of both battery-electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid EVs of any car maker in the world.

“EVs offer a number of benefits over traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, including lower emissions, reduced fuel costs, and smoother and quieter operations,” Mark Andrew Tieng, President and CEO of Solar Transport, told CleanTechnica. He pointed out that globally, BYD has contributed immensely to cutting down carbon emissions, saving nearly 32 trillion kilograms of carbon emissions — equivalent to planting around 900 million trees.

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Growing Very Fast

At the recent Manila International Auto Show, STAR showcased its latest premium BYD 100% electric vehicle selection that are becoming an “increasingly popular form of transportation” and are vital in the “journey toward sustainable transportation.” On the main stage is the “floating” Blade Battery, a game-changer in the EV world in terms of safety and efficiency.

“With these leading technologies and innovations, BYD’s EVs have a longer range, making them a more practical option not only for city driving but also for longer trips. They have a longer lifespan and can be charged conveniently at home or on the go,” said Tieng. He added, “the growing network of charging stations in the Philippines, which is currently pegged at 400, an EV will definitely be functional for day-to-day driving and practical to own in the long run.”

Tieng also said that BYD Philippines was growing very fast.

“We are taking a lot of orders and have started shipping and delivery of some orders. We are happy and ready to serve. EV market demand started primarily due to the increase on fuel prices. EVs provide an alternative to expensive-to-run conventional powered vehicles. The leadership of BYD in its core technologies, AC Motor, BYD Blade Battery, Battery Management System, Inverters and Controllers, make it the most trusted in the EV segment,” Tieng told CleanTechnica, highlighting the new models in the Philippines, in an earlier interview.

Philippine All-EV Lineup

BYD Dolphin (available in many markets, including North America) offers a combination of advanced technology, performance, style, and long-distance range. Powered by the ultra-safe Blade battery and designed with the e-Platform 3.0, it is equipped with a 44.9 kWh lithium-ion battery that can provide a driving range of up to 400 kilometers on a single charge. Its spacious interior can comfortably seat up to five passengers.

The BYD Dolphin EV has advanced safety features, such as front, side, and curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Program, and 360-degree Panoramic Cameras. Smart technology in the vehicle includes Electric Rotary Touchscreen Infotainment System, Bluetooth Connectivity, and Smartphone Integration.

“If you are looking for a bigger, more robust, and equally high-performing EV, we have our Tang EV, the latest version of BYD’s electrified seven-seater mid-size SUV,” said Tieng.

The BYD Tang EV has a dual motor system that provides all-wheel drive and better handling and vehicle control. The car has a range of up to 500 kilometers on a single charge. It can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes using a DC fast charger, or add a 50-kilometer range for every 60 minutes with a standard AC charger.

Inside, the Tang is spacious and comfortable, with premium materials used throughout. As it seats seven passengers, it is ideal for family trips. Outside, the Tang EV doesn’t disappoint with its sleek and modern design, sharp dragon face, and modern lines.

The highlight of BYD’s EV presentation was the Han EV — BYD’s flagship full-sized sedan. The 100% electric sedan has landmark features, luxury design, cutting-edge technology, and sports performance that provide thrills and comfort.

The Han EV has a dual motor system that provides all-wheel drive and better handling. Like the Tang, the Han can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes using a DC fast charger, and gains a 50-kilometer range for every hour using a standard AC Charger. The car has a range of up to 500 kilometers on a single charge and comes with several smart features and intelligent driving assistance.

Tieng did not comment on BYD’s announcement that it chose the Philippines as one of the locations for its factory, citing that “it is in the planning stage,” referring to it as a global undertaking.

“At BYD, we believe that sustainability is not just a buzzword — it’s a way of life. We’re proud to be a company that’s dedicated to making the world a better place, and this new technology is just one example of how we’re doing that,” concluded Tieng, with the invitation to join BYD in its quest toward green mobility on Philippine road, so that the dream for a greener future becomes a reality.


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Raymond Tribdino

Raymond Gregory Tribdino is the motoring & information technology editor of Malaya Business Insight (www.malaya.com.ph) in the Philippines. He has been covering automotive, transport, and IT since 1992. His passion for electric vehicles started with the failed electrification of a scooter in 1994. He wrote for EVWorld.com, one of the pioneer electric vehicle websites, in 1997. He was a college professor for 8 years at the Philippine Women’s University. He is also now a podcaster co-hosting for the Philippines' top-rated YouTube tech site “TechSabado” and the baby-boomer popular “Today is Tuesday.” He is a husband and father of five, a weekend mechanic and considers himself a handyman, an amateur ecologist, and environmentalist. He is back to trying to electrify motorcycles starting with a plug-in trail motorcycle.

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