BYD's Dolphin model is the first of its e-Platform 3.0, bringing the-Platform into the spotlight. What exactly is this platform? What are its features?
The e-Platform 3.0 is BYD's platform for the next generation of high-performance smart electric vehicles, released at the Shanghai auto show on April 19, 2021.
The platform is designed to solve problems including long charging time, short-range, and shrinking winter range of electric vehicles.
Intelligence is one of the core features of the platform, which features four domain controllers and BYD OS, the vehicle operating system under a new electrical and electronic architecture, and enables high-level autonomous driving capabilities.
Based on this architecture and BYD OS, electric vehicles can achieve more powerful autonomous driving capabilities and new features can be updated from two months to two weeks.
The e-Platform 3.0 features key modules that are smaller, lighter, more powerful, and consume less energy. It also comes with new heat pump technology and an upgraded electric drive system with 8-in-1 modules that can deliver a combined efficiency of over 89 percent.
Electric vehicles built with this platform can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in as fast as 2.9 seconds and have a combined range of up to 1000 km.
The platform also enables 800V charging technology, and the electric vehicle can get 150km range in 5 minutes of charging. The electric consumption of models based on it is 10 percent lower than that of comparable models, and the winter range is improved by at least 10 percent, according to BYD.
It is worth noting, however, that the Dolphin, the first and less expensive model built on this platform, obviously does not feature these top-of-The line technologies.
The platform comes with a blade battery, which is integrated into the body as a structural element and is said to double the torsional rigidity of the body.
Models with this platform will have shorter front suspension, lower center of gravity, more space, and a wind resistance coefficient (Cd) as low as 0.21.
Previously, it was announced that BYD will establish a 200,000-unit annual capacity pure electric vehicle production base in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, which will produce a total of four models based on the e-Platform 3.0, codenamed EM2E, SC2E, EK, and UX, including sedans and SUVs.
Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Drip have already cooperated with BYD to develop electric vehicles, e-Platform 3.0 will continue to be open and shared with the industry, and in the near future, electric vehicles developed based on e-Platform 3.0 will be active in various scenarios of intelligent electric mobility.
In addition, with Huawei and other technology companies entering the smart car field, they are also in direct competition with BYD in some hardware and chip businesses.