Update: ‘BYD Blade battery impresses in winter test’ section added.
The first batch of the 100 BYD Tang EVs reached Norway’s Drammen port from China on 24 July 2021, and customer deliveries began on 12 August 2021. On 22 September, via an Instagram post, the company said that it had shipped more than 1,000 units and is closing in on its target of 1,500 deliveries by the end of 2021 in the land of the midnight sun.
BYD then updated that it had sold out the second batch of the Tang EV in Norway. Customers placing an order now will have to wait until new shipments. The company had pre-sold 500 units of the Tang EV in Norway before the launch, so it did see the high demand coming.
BYD Tang EV specifications & price for Norway
The BYD Tang EV is a three-row electric SUV with a standard 86.4 kWh Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) Blade battery pack. BYD makes it in FWD and AWD drivetrain configurations, but it offers the latter in Norway. The FWD configuration has a single motor generating 180 kW (245 PS) and 330 Nm, and it can go up to 565 km/351 miles (NEDC) on a single charge.
The BYD Tang EV AWD has a second motor spinning the rear wheels. The rear motor produces 200 kW (272 PS) and 350 Nm of torque. The front and rear motors deliver 380 kW (517 PS) and 680 Nm of torque. The range of the AWD configuration is 505 km/314 miles as per China’s NEDC and 400 km (249 miles) as per Europe’s WLTP. The Norwegian-spec units can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The maximum charging power they support is 7 kW on AC and 110 kW on DC. Fast-charging from 30 to 80% SoC takes 30 minutes.
BYD has priced the Tang EV NOK 599,900 in Norway. In addition, it offers a leasing option as well, at monthly payments from NOK 6,642.
BYD Tang EV Norway sales
BYD says that the market response for the Tang EV has exceeded all expectations in Norway. On 20 December 2021, the company delivered the 1,000th unit of the electric SUV to its customer in the country. Along with its local distributor RSA, the Chinese auto company has a network of 44 BYD dealers in Norway.
BYD Tang EV MY2022 updates
An official document from China’s MIIT that we accessed suggests that the BYD Tang EV will gain two new configurations in the Chinese market that give a range of up to 700 km as per the country’s NEDC rating method. These configurations have a larger 108.8 kWh battery pack, and should be launched in a few months in China.
|2022 BYD Tang EV specification||New Configuration 1||New Configuration 2|
|Battery Pack Chemistry||LFP||LFP|
|Battery Pack Energy Content||108.8 kWh||108.8 kWh|
|Front Motor Power||180 kW||180 kW|
|Front Motor Torque||350 Nm||350 Nm|
|Rear Motor Power||–||200 kW|
|Rear Motor Torque||–||350 Nm|
|Kerb Weight||2,440 kg||2,560 kg|
|Gross Weight||2,965 kg||3,085 kg|
|Top Speed||180 km/h||180 km/h|
|Energy Consumption||15.90 kWh/100 km||17.80 kWh/100 km|
|Range||700 km||615 km|
After the two extended-range variants, another document from MIIT revealed that BYD will give the Tang EV a facelift with a BYD Yuan Plus-inspired design. We have covered the 2022 BYD Tang EV in a separate story. While there is no announcement, the BYD Tang EV facelift and extended-range variants could make it to Norway as part of the MY2022 batch later this year or next year.
BYD Blade battery impresses in winter test
In the Norwegian Automobile Association’s (NAF) recent winter tests, the BYD Blade won the 11-32 percent range decline category. NAF tests EVs’ endurance in harsh winter climates, especially concerning range, and has tested 31 EVs so far. Cold temperatures can dramatically reduce battery performance, which lowers range. While no car adhered to its WLTP figures, the BYD Tang EV witnessed only a 10.8% deviation from its 400 km range. It managed to drive 356 km. Only the Tesla Model Y came close with an 11.05% decline in range.
NAF says that the climate favored the EVs in the latest round of testing as roads were dry and temperatures ranged between -10 and 0 degrees Celsius. Regular drivers conduct the test in the Norwegian climate. The route consists of city, country roads, and highways where the EVs are driven between 60-110 kmph.
The fleet of EVs was charged to 100 percent overnight. In the morning, they were started sans pre-heating (battery and cabin), and all were driven in Eco mode or equivalent with active usage of brake energy regeneration.
BYD claims that the “ultra-safe” Blade is currently the world’s only power battery that can safely pass the nail penetration test. This test simulates an internal short circuit of the battery, leading to a thermal runaway that causes combustion and explosion. The company has driven a 46-ton fully loaded heavy-duty truck over the Blade battery pack to check its strength. It observed no leakage, deformation, or smoke coming out during the extreme test. BYD plans to successively install the Blade battery on EV models of mainstream brands in China and overseas.
BYD Tang EV FAQs
What is the BYD Tang EV price?
The BYD Tang EV costs NOK 599,900 in Norway.
What is the BYD Tang EV range?
The BYD Tang EV’s WLTP range is 400 km (259 miles). An improved long-range model will likely be introduced in China this year.
Which EVs are the BYD Tang EV competitors?
The Audi e-tron and the Tesla Model Y are the alternatives to the BYD Tang EV.
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