BYD is actively expanding its plug-in electric car business beyond China by exporting vehicles to new markets, including Europe, though not yet to the United States. The recently introduced BYD Atto 3, also known as the Yuan Plus, has made its way into the European market, with several hundred units registered in Germany last month.
The “moose test,” a challenging maneuverability test, was conducted on the BYD Atto 3 by km77.com. The tested version featured an LFP battery with a capacity of 60.5 kilowatt-hours, a 150-kilowatt electric motor, and 18-inch Continental EcoContact 6Q wheels (size: 235/50 R18 XL 101V).
According to the test results, the BYD Atto 3 successfully completed the moose test at an initial speed of approximately 44 miles per hour. The test involves navigating through a series of rapid lane changes to assess a vehicle’s stability and handling.
While the initial speed of 44 mph might appear average or slightly below average compared to other electric vehicles tested, it was considered decent for a city-oriented crossover. The BYD Atto 3 demonstrated a comfortable ride thanks to its soft suspension, although it’s worth noting that it’s not designed for high-speed agility.
Additionally, the BYD Atto 3’s performance in the slalom test wasn’t particularly fast. The car completed the test in 25.6 seconds, which is one of the slower times recorded among the vehicles tested for maneuverability.
It’s important to mention that the “moose test” and slalom test are meant to assess a vehicle’s handling and maneuverability rather than its outright speed. These tests provide insights into a vehicle’s ability to navigate through challenging driving scenarios and tight spaces, which is particularly important for city driving and avoiding obstacles.