BYD has launched its latest platform, called e-Platform 3.0, for electric vehicles. With it, BYD aims to promote the performance, safety and low-temperature driving range of new energy vehicle and improve today’s intelligent driving experiences. Covering vehicles of varying sizes, e-platform 3.0 will help BYD develop more efficient, safer, and more intelligent EVs. The OEM confirmed that e-Platform 3.0 will be open to the wider automotive industry to facilitate the development of intelligent EVs worldwide.

The new platform facilitates a driving range of more than 620 miles (1,000km) through an 8-in-1 electric powertrain and an 800V battery system. This system also enables a fast charging rate that sees up to 93 miles (150km) of range replenished in five minutes. This powertrain also works with e-Platform 3.0’s electric AWD system to achieve an acceleration rate of 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds. Furthermore, its direct cooling and heating system for batteries increases thermal efficiency by up to 20% while reducing energy loss.

Additionally, the platform’s heat pump system can work at temperatures between -30 to 60 degrees Celsius and can increase vehicle range by up to 20% in the winter. This increased range is made possible through the system leveraging residual heat from its surroundings, the powertrain, passenger compartment and the batteries.

During its announcement of e-Platform 3.0, BYD also unveiled Ocean-X, a concept EV built on the new platform. The mid-size sedan features BYD’s Blade batteries, which feature lithium-iron-phosphate chemistry in a cell-to-pack system as standard. At BYD’s Chongqing factory in China, these batteries can be produced at an annual rate of 35 GWh. While the OEM did not confirm a production window for e-Platform 3.0, a selection of its featured technology is both in production and available today. For example, BYD confirmed that the platform’s drive train domain controller, which takes advantage of quick response time of electric motors, is available on its new EA1 Dolphin EV. BYD also confirmed that its smart cockpit domain controller & smart body domain controller have entered mass production, and that it had independently developed BYD OS – an upgradable in-vehicle operating system for intelligent driving.