Seagull was unveiled and started pre-sale on April 18 with a pre-sale starting price of RMB 78,800 and received more than 10,000 orders in 24 hours.

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BYD's (OTCMKTS: BYDDY) mini electric vehicle (EV) Seagull will officially launch in three days, and its performance in the pre-sale phase bodes well for strong future performance.

The new energy vehicle (NEV) maker posted a countdown to the Seagull's upcoming arrival on Weibo today, saying the model will be available on April 26.

In addition to the 3-day countdown image, BYD also shared a video of the Seagull, showing the exterior and interior details of the model.

BYD unveiled the Seagull and started pre-sales on the first day of the Shanghai auto show on April 18. The car is available in 3 versions with pre-sale prices of RMB 78,800 ($11,430), 83,800 and 95,800 respectively.

This is not the final price of the model, and BYD's previous practice was that the final price is slightly lower than the pre-sale price.

The Seagull received more than 10,000 orders 24 hours after pre-sales began, BYD said earlier this week.

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The model, the latest addition to BYD's Ocean series, is an A0-class EV based on the e-Platform 3.0 with a length, width and height of 3,780 mm, 1,715 mm and 1,540 mm, respectively, and a wheelbase of 2,500 mm.

The BYD Seagull is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power of 55 kW and peak torque of 135 Nm, accelerating from 0 to 50 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

The car is available in two range versions, with the lower-priced two models having a CLTC range of 305 km and the highest-priced version having a range of 405 km.

The Seagull uses BYD's blade batteries with pack capacities of 30.08 kWh and 38.88 kWh respectively.

The car supports fast charging, taking 30 minutes to charge from 30 percent to 80 percent.

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There were rumors last year that the Seagull would have a version with sodium-ion batteries, but this has not yet become a reality.

However, on April 20, local media outlet 36kr reported that 's and BYD's sodium-ion batteries will both be carried in production cars within the year, and they will both be a mix of sodium-ion and lithium-ion batteries.

BYD's sodium-ion battery will be in mass production in the second half of the year, and the first model to carry the battery will be the Seagull, the report said, citing a BYD source.

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