BYD Yangwang U7: – The battery alone weighs just over 900 kilograms

BYD Yangwang U7: – The battery alone weighs just over 900 kilograms

(Elbil24): Yanguang is the luxury brand of BYD, which in the fourth quarter of last year became the world's best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer.

Now, most of the details about the brand's upcoming sedan, which bears the model name U7, have been leaked. This will be one of the longest passenger cars on the market with a length of 5,265 metres. Wheelbase 3.16 metres.

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The motors are also very powerful, with a total system output of 1,287 horsepower, spread across one motor per wheel. Top speed should be a whopping 270 km/h.

The Yangwang U7 will come in four- and five-seat versions and is set to become the most aerodynamic car on the market.  Photo: BYD/Yanguang

The Yangwang U7 will come in four- and five-seat versions and is set to become the most aerodynamic car on the market. Photo: BYD/Yanguang
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Heavy battery

The battery capacity is 135.5 kWh, and according to ArenaEV The battery alone should weigh 903kg, almost a third of the total weight of 3,095kg. In other words, including the payload, the vehicle exceeds the 3,500kg limit for a category B driving licence.

The battery is an LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) type, which explains the high weight. LFP batteries are not as weight efficient as conventional lithium-ion batteries – by comparison, for example, a 150 kWh Nio battery weighs just 575kg, which was used just before Christmas to drive over 100 miles without charging.

Aerodynamics

The Yangwang U7 has a specified CLTC range of 800km. This is the Chinese standard which is kinder than the one in Norway, so the WLTP number will likely be much lower.

Admittedly, it's a big, heavy car, but the aerodynamics must be among the best ever, with a stated CD value of 0.195. It's actually barely better than the Lucid Air.

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There's no currently known 0-100 time, but it should get away with around 1,300 horsepower on board.

The price is rumored to be around 1 million Chinese renminbi, which equates to a measly 1.5 million Norwegian kroner.

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