UNDER the Ayala Group of Companies, Mobility Access Philippines Ventures Inc. (MAPVI), the official distributor of BYD in the Philippines, has officially launched the all-electric Atto 3 crossover—the most advanced EV available from the Chinese global EV powerhouse and manufacturer. First previewed at the 11th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVs), the Atto 3 crossover showcases some of the most advanced EV technologies available today.
Available worldwide, BYD claims that the Atto 3 recently achieved its 500,000th production milestone last September 15, 2023. Named after the Attosecond, the smallest timescale used in physics, it represents the remarkable speed at which BYD’s battery and EV technology evolve. As such, the BYD also claims that the Atto 3 is equipped with all the latest revolutionary EV technologies hatched in the company’s research facilities.
The Atto 3 delivers a sporty and aerodynamic design. Its sporty exterior emphasizes the headlights, echoing with the continuous taillights, have a wider beam of light exposure, which significantly improves the visibility and night driving experience, in conjunction with the unique dynamic steering light. The exterior profile has an expressive upward-slopping waistline, complementing the selection of dynamic alloy wheels.
Equipped with the all-new BYD e-Platform 3.0, the technology is designed exclusively for pure electric vehicles. Giving full play to the advantages of intelligence, efficiency, safety, and aesthetics, BYD claims that the e-Platform 3.0 aims to promote NEVs’ performance in safety and low-temperature driving range as well as improve intelligent driving experiences, to build more efficient and safer new intelligent EVs.
Moreover, the Atto 3 is fitted with the world’s first mass-produced 8-in-1 electric powertrain. BYD has exceptional vertical integration capabilities within the supply chain by integrating eight key components. The design dramatically optimizes space utilization and energy efficiency by incorporating the VCU, BMS, MCU, PDU, DC-DC controller, onboard charger, drive motor, and transmission.
Apart from the all-new BYD e-Platform 3.0, the Atto 3 is also fitted and powered by BYD’s proprietary lithium iron phosphate (LFP) Blade Battery, which is known for its safety, durability, overall lifespan, resistance to degradation from charge/discharge cycles, driving range, and performance. With this battery technology, up to 480km range is achievable.
Unique inside is what BYD dubs as a “Fit for fun” design. Its user-friendly functions and playful interior give a unique and distinctive style. Agile and fun, the Atto 3 provides an engaging driving experience. The vibrant, streamlined central console reflects a positive and energetic attitude toward life, highlighting the first-in-class 12.8-inch rotating touchscreen infotainment display. Here, drivers can see the 360-degree camera feed, manage connectivity with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and control other vital vehicle functions. The interior also features a panoramic sunroof and leather trim.
Motivation comes from an electric traction motor generating over 200 hp and 310 N-m of instantaneous torque, achieving zero to 100 km/h acceleration in just 7.3 seconds. Adding to its arsenal of EV tech features is regenerative braking. The Atto 3 can also provide power in natural emergencies, thanks to its V2L (vehicle-to-load) function.
In terms of charging, the vehicle uses a free CCS2 (AKA Type II) charging system rated at 7kW. Full battery charge is achieved in about eight hours. It also comes with the Atto 3, a portable 2.3kW charger. The Dynamic variant handles up to 70kW fast DC charging, while the Premium version can support up to 80 kW.
Safety features, variants, and pricing
Advanced safety is also a hallmark of every BYD vehicle. The Atto 3 comes standard with Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control, LED headlamps, taillamps, DRLs, and front and side curtain airbags. Completing this suite of safety features is the ADAS Package with Stop & Go Full Speed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC-S&G), Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Emergency Lane Keeping Assist (ELKA). Available in two variants, the Atto 3 Premium (up to 480 km range) retails at P1.798 million, while the Atto 3 Dynamic (up to 410 km range) is at P1.598 million.
Meanwhile, the BYD Atto 3 is also supported by the existing Ayala Land EV ecosystem that will enhance the user experience and help realize the full potential of the BYD lineup. Twenty Ayala Land Charging Hubs throughout Luzon ensure EV users always have a charging station nearby, with more in the pipeline.
According to AC Motors, the automotive arm of the Ayala Group of Companies, it has also committed to expanding the BYD dealership network to 12 in 12 months.
Soon, more BYD dealerships will be in the country to serve its loyal customers. In the meantime, the Atto 3 can be seen, experienced, and purchased from BYD Makati and BYD Quezon Avenue.
Image credits: Randy S. Peregrino