BYD Atto 3 achieved a top score in Green NCAP, an independent environmental car testing agency under the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).
Green NCAP scores the cars based on how much harm they cause to the environment, sustainability, and energy efficiency.
Mid-size electric SUV Atto 3 is BYD’s top export vehicle. It was launched in China in 2021 as Yuan Plus and arrived in Europe through Germany in October 2022. The EV is based on e-platform 3.0 and designed by ex-Audi veteran Wolfgang Egger -current BYD’s Design Director.
Green NCAP report highlighted Atto 3 was doing great in the -7°C lab test, where the car needed only 25.1 kWh/100 km, which was an excellent result and proved a well-designed heating system utilizing different waste heat sources.
During the battery capacity test, Atto 3 was slowly charged with 11 kW charging. The battery was filled with 59.3 kWh of energy, which closely matches the declared figure of 60 kWh. Atto 3 is equipped with BYD’s LFP Blade battery.
The entire battery recharge takes 68.4 kWh from the electricity grid, which results in a relatively moderate grid-to-battery output efficiency of 87 %.
The Atto 3 has declared consumption of 16 kWh/100km. The Cold test measured consumption of 18.2 kWh/100km, while the Warm test was 18.0 kWh/100 km, which is still fair enough. In the highway cycle, the consumption was significantly more, 28.1 kWh/ 100 km, corresponding to a range of 244 km. As mentioned, the EV excelled in the -7°C Cold Ambient test with only 25.1 kWh consumption.
Atto 3 On-Road Drive was performed at 19°C and needed 18 kWh/100 km – resulting in a range of 376 km.
As the BYD ATTO 3 is purely electric, its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originate only from the electricity supply: about 50-80 g CO2-eq./km, depending on the test consumption. According to the Green NCAP report, thanks to its powertrain, heating concept, and the relatively low CO2 emissions of the EU electricity mix, the car scores a high 9.7 out of 10 in GHG.
In overall score, Atto 3 got 10/10 on the Clean Air Index (naturally, as it has no exhaust), 9.5/10 on the Energy Efficiency Index, and 9.7/10 on the Greenhouse Gas Index.
The tested model was Euro-spec Atto 3, which translates into a 150 kW motor and 60 kWh battery, curb weight of 1,750 kg, and equipped with a heat pump.
Green NCAP concludes that improving the Atto 3’s charging/discharging behavior of the charger and the battery would boost the results of the vehicle even higher. Overall, the BYD ATTO 3 finishes with an Average Score of 97%, quickly collects all 5 Green Stars, and challenges the popular EV brands in the European market.
Atto 3 previously received a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety test and sells in dozens of countries worldwide, including the UK, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, and Australia. In August, it became the best-selling EV in Sweden, and in September, the 500,000th Atto 3 rolled off the production line in China.