This is the second consecutive month in which the Dolphin model has sold more than 10,000 units in the six months since its launch, with cumulative sales of 40,200 units.

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BYD's economical Dolphin model, the first on its e-platform 3.0, has become one of the company's most popular models after just a few months on the market.

Figures released today by BYD showed that the all-electric compact car, which looks a bit like the Honda Fit, sold 10,602 units in January, up 9.8 percent from 10,016 units in December.

It was the second consecutive month in which the model sold more than 10,000 units in the six months since its launch, with cumulative sales of 40,200 units.

BYD officially launched the Dolphin at the Chengdu Auto Show on August 29, 2021, with a subsidized price of RMB 93,800 ($14,660) - RMB 121,800.

On January 21, BYD said it will adjust the official guide price of its new energy models in the Dynasty and Ocean series by RMB 1,000 - 7,000 yuan.

This is due to a significant increase in raw material prices and the withdrawal of subsidies for new energy vehicle (NEV) purchases, the company said. The price adjustment has been effective since February 1.

Information on BYD's website shows that the Dolphin model is now priced in the range of RMB 96,800 - 124,800, up RMB 3,000 from the previous price.

The Dolphin is the first model in BYD's Ocean lineup, which uses the ocean aesthetic design concept for the first time and is the first model to have BYD's new logo.

The model is available in four versions with a range of 301km-405km.

BYD figures released earlier today showed it sold 93,168 NEVs in January, up 361.7 percent year-on-year and essentially unchanged from the 93,945 units sold in December.

That includes 92,926 passenger cars, and 242 commercial vehicles, the company said in an announcement filed with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today.

Among new energy passenger vehicles, BYD sold 46,386 pure electric vehicles in January, up 220.7 percent from 14,463 units a year earlier.

It sold 46,540 units of plug-in hybrids in January, up 760.6 percent from 5,408 units a year earlier.

The company is now close to completing its transition to a company focusing only on NEVs, as it sold 2,254 fuel vehicles in January, down 90 percent from 22,223 in the same month last year.

BYD sold 95,422 units of all vehicles in January, meaning that NEV sales accounted for 97.6 percent of its all vehicle sales in January.