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Tesla killer Byton tests EVs in ice and snow

Tesla killer Byton tests EVs in ice and snow

The booming market for electric cars is home not only to the big names of the automotive industry, but also to many exciting newcomers. One of them is the Chinese company Byton, which will soon launch its first model. Byton tested the electric car extensively in winter conditions to make sure it's fit for everyday use.

Frost and snow pose problems for all cars, especially electric ones. Low temperatures place a heavy strain on the batteries, and there is also no waste heat from the combustion chamber, which is used to heat up the interior and other components under the bonnet. The Byton engineers traveled thousands of kilometers in the electric car at winter temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius to prove its suitability for everyday use. Components such as the chassis, or the heating and air-conditioning system also had to prove themselves in continuous use.

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In winter, electric cars are faced with special challenges. / © Byton

E-vehicles from Byton coming later this year

Meanwhile, Byton's headquarters in Nanjing, China, are working to meet the planned sales launch at the end of this year. The production facilities are currently being set up and the production lines are being equipped. The technology for this comes from Germany, for example from the Swabian plant manufacturer Dürr or Robort specialist Kuka from Augsburg. The design development center for prototypes and concept vehicles is located in Munich, a US-American development center is also operated in Silicon Valley.

If Byton can maintain its own schedule, production of the pre-series vehicles will start in the summer. The sale of Byton's e-cars will then begin in China at the end of 2019. The first production vehicles are expected to be available in the USA in the second half of 2020, with the launch in Europe scheduled before the end of 2020.

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