Byton is yet another EV startup with intentions to enter the U.S. market. A Chinese company founded just a few years ago, in 2016, it says it will have a vehicle on sale on our shores sometime in 2020[...]
1) The M-Byte crossover will come first
This crossover is the car that Byton intends to start selling in the U.S. by mid-2020. At 191 inches long with a 116-inch-long wheelbase, the M-Byte is similar in size to the BMW X5 and has two rows o[...]
2) Two battery options will be offered
The standard M-Byte will have a 71.0-kWh battery pack; a larger, 95.0-kWh pack is optional. We don't have a good idea of the promised driving range, as Byton's own estimates-250 miles for the standard[...]
3) Rear- and all-wheel drive will be available
A one-motor setup is standard, with a single rear-mounted electric motor providing power to the rear wheels. Either of these setups will be available with both battery-pack options.
4) It's said to start at $45,000
The estimated base price of the M-Byte is all that Byton is providing right now, so we have no idea what the bigger battery pack will add to that bottom line.
5) There are tons of screens inside
In addition to the massive full-width display that dominates the dashboard, there's also a small tablet-like display in the steering wheel. The photo you see here is supposedly of the M-Byte crossover[...]
6) A sedan and an MPV are coming, too
Called the K-Byte, Byton's other concept car is a lower, more traditional sedan body style that seems poised to compete with the Tesla Model S. Byton also says it plans to have a three-row minivan-lik[...]
7) The cars it's showing now are concepts
At CES, Byton had concept versions of both the M-Byte and the K-Byte. The company says the M-Byte concept is 85 percent production ready, so some of its more fanciful elements are bound to change befo[...]
8) A factory exists . . .
Byton has a production facility in Nanjing, China, and says that it has built about 100 prototype vehicles so far.
9) . . . But a sales plan doesn't seem to
Byton doesn't seem to have a good handle on exactly how it plans to sell cars in the U.S. market. The company says it hasn't decided on its approach for getting cars into customers' hands, whether it [...]
The company claims that it will have a $45,000 electric crossover on sale here next year.
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