Electric vehicle upstart BYTON may have only been in the news for a little over a year and a half now, but their big dreams are already hitting milestones. They’re showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to the upcoming BYTON M-Byte SUV.
According to today’s press release, BYTON has completed cold weather testing on their M-Byte prototype in China. Soon enough they will be road-testing them in North America. We expect to see the production version of the M-Byte at CES Asia in Shanghai this June.
BYTON Cold Weather Testing Complete
BYTON announced today that its drivable M-Byte prototypes have completed vigorous winter testing in the mountains of Inner Mongolia. These tests took place on both open roads as well as specially prepared tracks. The company tested several categories, including durability and powertrain calibration. They also tested the performance of some key items such as chassis, body structure, battery system, and air conditioning system. Passing these tests means that the production vehicle will be able to perform in all scenarios and environments.
BYTON M-Byte Nearing Production
BYTON unveiled the initial M-Byte prototype to the world in early 2018. The entry-level vehicle boasts rear-wheel drive, a 71 kWh battery, and 400 lb/ft of torque for a starting MSRP of $45,000. Its high-performance sibling is expected to arrive with all-wheel drive, 710 lb/ft of torque, and a 95 kWh battery for an as yet undisclosed price.
Founded in 2016, this globally-reaching company boasts a management team made up of former employees from big names such as BMW, Tesla, Google, Apple, and others to develop its own unique platform. Its headquarters, manufacturing, and R&D centers are based in China. In its North American branch, the focus is devoted to cutting edge technologies such as intelligent car experience, autonomous driving, and whole vehicle integration. Finally, Munich boasts the company’s concept and design center.
The reach and expertise of this up and coming electric vehicle manufacturer seems indicative of future success with their experience and technological know-how. With the completion of their factory in Nanjing expected in the next few months, production on the M-Byte SUV is slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2019. And with BYTON predicting that they will be able to produce 300,000 vehicles per year at this new facility, it seems like it won’t be long until BYTON is a household name in the car manufacturing industry.
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