The BYD Seagull will be priced at €9,000. At least that’s what the latest information indicates the launch of what will be the cheapest electric car on the market. But this impactful headline, which has been gaining weight in recent hours, has a trick.

Although everything indicates that the new BYD Seagull aims to break the Spanish and European market, the 9,000 euros to which the latest leak from China points is hardly the cost that we pay in Spain for the new electric car.

A Chinese car with a price… Chinese

What the headlines referring to the derisory cost of the new BYD Seagull leather is that these are the ones that have been revealed for the Chinese market. However, it is not possible to make a direct transfer to the European market, as it always has a much higher price.

According to the latest information, BYD Seagull prices and autonomy will be as follows:

Version

Autonomy

yuan

euro

Light Edition 265

265km

65,800 yuan

€ 8,942

Free Edition 310

310km

75,800 yuan

€ 10,300

Fly Edition 310

310km

82,800 yuan

€ 11,252

Lighting Edition 408

408km

95,800 yuan

€ 13,018

360 Edition track

360km

112,800 yuan

€ 15,328

Despite this information, it should be taken into account that the evaluation of the autonomy of electric cars is more flexible in China than the WLTP approval cycles in Europe, so it is to be expected that the batteries will cover fewer kilometers than detailed in the Chinese leaks.


Furthermore, switching to euros is also not linear on any of the round trips between China and Europe. Chinese electric cars arrive in our continent at prices higher than those sold in the Asian country and, at the same time, European manufacturers offer lower prices in China than those practiced in Europe.

None of the luxury vehicles can be sold at european prices on Chinese soil. A few months ago we learned that Mercedes had to lower the prices of its EQE, from 528,000 yuan (71,425.78) to 478,000 yuan (64,661.98 euros). In Spain, the same car is sold from 77,576 euros.

Despite everything, the BYD Seagull, which still does not have a confirmed arrival date in Spain, is expected to be the cheapest electric car on the market or, at least, to play in that league. Last August, on Bloomberg, they illustrated the extent to which BYD can lower its prices. In Australia, a driver admitted paying $33,000 for a car from the Chinese manufacturer. The reason: a Tesla in the country is worth three times as much.

At the moment, the cheapest mass electric car in our country is the Dacia Spring, which is sold with a starting price of 20,555 euros. The frontier that, at this moment, marks what is a “cheap electric car” and which the industry finds increasingly difficult to address.