Seal is expected to become the most important model in BYD's history, with steady-state monthly sales expected to exceed 30,000 units, analysts previously said.

The BYD (OTCMKTS: BYDDY, HKG: 1211) Seal model seems to have gained a good initial acceptance, at least judging from the orders it received in its first few hours.

As of 10 pm on May 20, pre-sale orders for the Seal reached 22,637 units, just seven hours after pre-sale officially began at 3 pm, according to information shared by BYD today.

BYD did not release any more information, including which version of the model was the most popular.

BYD Seal gets 22,637 orders in 7 hours of pre-sale-CnEVPost

The company announced the pre-sale of Seal, the first BYD model to feature CTB (cell to body) technology with a range of up to 700 kilometers, at a launch event yesterday.

Seal is available in four versions, with specific post-subsidy pre-sale prices as follows.

  • The standard-range rear-wheel-drive Elite version with a CLTC range of 550 km starts at RMB 212,800 ($31,860).
  • The standard range rear-wheel-drive Premium version with a range of 550 km starts at RMB 225,800.
  • The long-range rear-wheel-drive version with a range of 700 km starts at RMB 262,800.
  • The four-wheel-drive performance version with 650 km of range starts at RMB 289,800.

Seen as one of the strongest competitors to Tesla's Model 3, the Seal is expected to be an important driver of BYD's continued growth.

In terms of power, energy consumption and size specifications, the BYD Seal has significant advantages over the Tesla Model 3, local brokerage Essence Securities' team led by Xu Huixiong said in an April 28 research note.

Seal is expected to be the most important model in BYD's history, the team said, adding that with reference to Model 3 sales, they expect the model's steady-state monthly sales to exceed 30,000 units.

The model brings a lot of earnings elasticity, and its competitors include all internal combustion engine vehicles, new energy vehicles (NEVs) priced between RMB 150,000 (22,770) - 250,000, the team noted.

At a time when Chinese car company sales generally plunged in April, BYD saw its NEV sales reach 106,042 units, the second consecutive month of more than 100,000 units.

In a conservative scenario, BYD expects it to sell 1.5 million units in 2022, with sales expected to reach 2 million if supply chain conditions improve, according to the minutes of a previous meeting.

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