BYD, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing electric vehicle brands, is coming to New Zealand and Ebbett Automotive are delighted to have been awarded the rights to retail the brand in Hamilton, Wellington, and Tauranga.
BYD may be a new name to Kiwis, but it is an established giant of the EV industry, outselling Tesla worldwide in Jan 2022 and predicting total sales of between 1.5m–2m electric and PHEV vehicles globally this year.
Backed by Warren Buffet, styled by former Audi Global Head of Design, Wolfgang Egger, and powered by the game-changing “blade” battery, BYD is tipped to make a big impact in the New Zealand EV space in the coming years.
The first model to hit showrooms will be the ATTO 3 SUV. Available for test drive in July, retail stock will follow closely behind, and Ebbett expect to make deliveries from August onwards.
Ben van den Engel, Managing Director of Ebbett Automotive, said “BYD is an exciting new brand and we can’t wait to introduce it to our customers in Hamilton, Wellington, and Tauranga. I think the ATTO 3 will prove to be a terrific new option for those interested in electric vehicles.
The exciting thing about the automotive industry is that it never rests and Ebbett has seen a whole lot of change and development during our 93 years in New Zealand. That progress will only accelerate over the years to come and I’ve no doubt BYD will be a brand that contributes to it strongly.”
BYD New Zealand Brand Manager, Warren Wilmot, said “We’re delighted to welcome such an established group as Ebbett into our network as we launch. They’ve been serving Kiwi customers for a really long time so know how to provide a great, full ownership experience, which is key for us at BYD New Zealand”.
Offering a combination of impressive specs and aggressive pricing (ATTO 3 starts at $52,990+orc plus it qualifies for the clean car rebate of $8,625), the Ebbett team expect a large amount of initial interest in this new vehicle.
Available in two models, Standard (320km WLTP range) and Extended (420km WLTP range) the ATTO 3 offers a more powerful battery (49.92 kWh / 60.48 kWh) and higher performance (0-100 km/h in 7.3s) than most of the competitors in its class, and all for a significant saving on price. It also comes with a bumper-to-bumper 6-year/ 150,000km warranty, 6 years of roadside assistance, and a huge 8-year/ 160,000km EV Traction Battery warranty which should ensure its place on the shortlist for those in the EV SUV market.
Although test drives are available from July, customers can register their interest in this vehicle now at www.ebbettbyd.nz