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Introducing the Seal from BYD! In the rapidly evolving world of electric vehicles (EV’s), the BYD Seal emerges as a beacon of innovation, challenging conventions and setting new benchmarks.

As someone who has had the pleasure of experiencing a myriad of EVs, from the pioneering prototypes to today's marvels, I approach the Seal with both anticipation and a critical eye. The Seal is not just BYD's ambitious leap into the competitive EV market; it's a statement—a declaration that the future of sustainable mobility is not just about zero emissions, but also about delivering an exhilarating, refined, and accessible driving experience.

The BYD Seal's exterior is a masterclass in blending form with function, embodying a design philosophy that speaks volumes of its futuristic aspirations. Its sleek silhouette, defined by smooth lines and aerodynamic contours, not only captivates the onlooker but also contributes to its impressive efficiency. The front grille, or rather the lack thereof, symbolizes the Seal's electric heart, while the LED lighting signature adds a touch of sophistication, ensuring the Seal is as much a head-turner at night as it is by day.

Inside, the BYD Seal transcends expectations, merging comfort with cutting-edge technology. The cabin's layout is a testament to thoughtful ergonomics, offering a spacious and inviting environment. Materials throughout are selected not only for their aesthetic appeal but for their sustainable credentials, aligning with the eco-conscious ethos that electric vehicles advocate. The digital dashboard and central infotainment system stand as the cockpit's centrepiece, offering intuitive access to navigation, entertainment, and vehicle settings, ensuring that the Seal is as connected to the digital world as it is to the road.

Behind the wheel, the BYD Seal offers an electrifying driving experience that challenges the traditional compromises associated with EVs. Its electric powertrain delivers instant torque, providing acceleration that is both rapid and refined. Handling is precise, offering a balance between comfort and agility that makes the Seal as much at home on winding country roads as it is in the urban jungle. The regenerative braking system not only enhances efficiency but also adds an engaging dynamic to the driving experience, allowing drivers to play an active role in energy recovery.

The Seal's technology suite is a highlight, featuring an array of connectivity and safety features that set new standards in the EV segment. The infotainment system integrates seamlessly with smartphones, offering a user-friendly interface that keeps drivers connected and informed. Safety is paramount, with a comprehensive package of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist, ensuring peace of mind for drivers and passengers alike.

The BYD Seal is more than just an electric vehicle; it's a statement of intent in the movement towards a more sustainable future. Its production process, choice of materials, and energy efficiency reflect a commitment to minimizing environmental impact, setting an example for the industry. BYD's investment in renewable energy and battery technology not only powers the Seal but also contributes to a broader ecosystem of sustainable solutions.

Practicality is at the heart of the BYD Seal's design, with a focus on making electric mobility accessible and convenient. The battery technology offers a range that competes with the best in its class, effectively addressing range anxiety. Charging is fast and efficient, with options for home and public charging that ensure the Seal is always ready for adventure. The interior is designed with versatility in mind, providing ample space for passengers and cargo, making the Seal a practical choice for families and professionals alike.

Efficiency is the cornerstone of the BYD Seal's appeal, embodying the advancements in electric vehicle technology. The Seal's battery pack not only offers a range that makes daily commutes and long journeys worry-free but also showcases BYD's prowess in battery technology—a critical component in the EV equation. Charging the Seal is a straightforward affair, with fast-charging capabilities allowing for quick top-ups, ensuring that the vehicle is ready for action with minimal downtime. This focus on efficiency and charging convenience represents a significant step towards making electric vehicles a practical choice for a broader audience.

BYD’s approach to the Seal emphasises not just the technological innovations that underpin the vehicle but also the value it offers to consumers. In a market where electric vehicles often command a premium, the Seal stands out for its competitive pricing strategy, offering an array of features and performance metrics that challenge its rivals. This blend of innovation and value is pivotal, as it democratises access to electric mobility, ensuring that the benefits of EV ownership are not limited to a niche market but are available to a wider audience.

The environmental credentials of the BYD Seal extend beyond its zero-emission status. By integrating sustainable materials within its construction and prioritizing energy efficiency across its lifecycle, the Seal contributes to a reduction in the automotive industry's carbon footprint. This commitment to environmental stewardship is reflective of a broader shift within the industry towards sustainability, with the Seal leading the charge. The vehicle's impact is thus measured not only in the emissions it doesn't produce but in the positive change it represents within the automotive ecosystem.

The introduction of the BYD Seal into the market does more than just add another option for potential EV buyers; it influences the community and culture surrounding electric mobility. Through forums, social media, and owner gatherings, the Seal fosters a community of enthusiasts and advocates passionate about sustainable transportation. This community is instrumental in driving forward the conversation about electric mobility, breaking down barriers, and dispelling myths associated with EV ownership. The Seal, therefore, becomes a catalyst for cultural change, inspiring more individuals to consider electric vehicles as a viable and desirable option.

The BYD Seal is not just a milestone for BYD but a harbinger of the future direction of the automotive industry. As more consumers embrace electric vehicles, the industry's focus will increasingly shift towards innovation in battery technology, charging infrastructure, and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Seal's success on these fronts sets a benchmark for competitors, encouraging a race towards more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly vehicles. The evolution of the Seal and its impact on BYD's portfolio will be closely watched, as it represents not just the future of the brand but the future of mobility itself.

An aspect where the BYD Seal truly shines is in its potential to bridge the gap between traditional automotive enthusiasts and the burgeoning community of EV advocates. Through its blend of performance, style, and technology, the Seal provides a compelling narrative that appeals to both camps. This is where community engagement and education play pivotal roles. BYD, through the Seal, has the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with consumers, not just about the car itself but about the broader implications of electric mobility. Workshops, test drive events, and interactive platforms can serve as conduits for education, demystifying EV technology, and showcasing the practical benefits of electric cars. In doing so, the Seal becomes more than a vehicle; it becomes a tool for change, fostering a more informed and enthusiastic base of supporters for the electric future.

The Seal's introduction into the market also invites a discussion on the broader aspects of a sustainable lifestyle. For prospective and current owners, the vehicle becomes a stepping stone towards embracing sustainability in other areas of life. Renewable energy adoption, energy-efficient appliances, and sustainable consumption patterns are all facets of the eco-conscious mindset that the Seal can help inspire. BYD can leverage this by partnering with renewable energy providers, offering bundled solutions, or promoting sustainable lifestyle choices, thereby amplifying the environmental impact of the Seal's adoption.

As BYD seeks to expand the Seal's presence globally, it faces a mosaic of market dynamics, regulatory environments, and consumer preferences. Each region presents its own set of challenges and opportunities, from infrastructure readiness to incentive programs for EV buyers. Navigating these complexities requires a nuanced approach, tailoring marketing strategies, and support services to meet local needs while advocating for policies that promote electric mobility. Success in diverse markets will not only cement the Seal's position as a global contender but also contribute to BYD's vision of a cleaner, more sustainable world.

The Seal, while impressive today, is just the beginning. The future promises advancements in battery technology, autonomous driving capabilities, and integration with smart city infrastructures, opening new horizons for the EV sector. BYD's commitment to research and development will be crucial in maintaining the Seal's relevance and appeal. Continuous updates, whether through software enhancements or hardware upgrades, will ensure that the Seal remains at the cutting edge of technology, providing owners with an evolving platform that grows in capabilities and value over time.

Embracing the Electric Dream - In conclusion, the BYD Seal represents more than just a milestone in electric vehicle technology; it embodies a vision of a sustainable, exhilarating future. Its design, performance, and technological prowess offer a glimpse into a world where driving pleasure and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. For those contemplating the switch to electric, the Seal offers a compelling argument, combining practicality with passion in a package that's hard to resist.

Embracing the electric dream with the BYD Seal means being part of a movement towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. It's a journey that Planetauto's Ben and Annabelle Quirk have always championed, recognising that the true value of innovations like the Seal lies not just in their technical achievements, but in their ability to inspire, to challenge, and to lead. It offers a compelling blend of style, performance, technology, and practicality, wrapped in a package that is both eco-friendly and exhilarating to drive.

As we look ahead, the road is electric, and with pioneers like the BYD Seal lighting the way, it's a road that promises to be as exciting as it is green. Let's embrace this journey together, for in the pursuit of sustainability, every choice counts, and every mile matters. The BYD Seal isn't just a car for the present; it's a beacon for the future, inviting us all to drive towards a brighter, cleaner tomorrow.Just before Christmas, we were invited over to the Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate by the lovely people at BYD UK, so we could spend some time in their new fully electric saloon, the Seal, which is their third model release in the UK this year.

This all electric saloon car is Built on their ePlatform 3.0, and is fitted with BYD's 8-in-1 powertrain, there are two trims and two powertrains for you to choose from:
The Design - Single Motor | Rear Wheel Drive | 82.5kWh battery: Offers a range of over 340 miles and costs £45,695.00 on the road
The Excellence - Dual Motor | All Wheel Drive | 82.5kWh battery: Offers a range of over 320 miles and costs £48,695.00 on the road

You have four standard exterior colours to choose from:

  • Ice Blue
  • Atlantis Grey
  • Polar White
  • Space Black

and two optional exterior colours:

  • Shadow Green
  • Indigo Grey

As standad, both trims have a heat pump and the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance) gives you: 

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Brake
  • Lane Keep Assistance
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Emergency Lane Keep
  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Intelligent Cruise Control
  • A 360-degree panoramic camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind Spot Detection System
  • ESP
  • Traction Control
  • Hill Decent Control
  • Automatic Vehicle Hold
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Information and Intelligent Speed Limit Control
  • Electronic Parking Brake

The Excellence trim offers you a little more oomph, as it will get you from 0-62mph in as little as 3.8 seconds (with the Design doing the same in 5.9 seconds) and comes with BYD's iTAC (intelligent Torque Adaption Control) technology, which enhances handling, performance and stability whilst simultaneously reducing the risk of skid and wheel spin. You also get a HUD (Head's Up Display) with the Excellence.

You can charge the Seal using Type 2 and Rapid Charge, and thanks to it's high-voltage electric drive boost charging solution, it will get you from 30% to 80% in just 26 minutes when using a charger capable of up to 150kW's. 

In 2024, we will have this on review, and plan on going on an epic road trip in it - roll on next year! For now, join us for a first look as we get behind the wheel.

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Annabelle Quirk Vice Chairwoman
Ben D T Quirk Member