Two weeks after its Malaysian launch, the BYD Atto 3 has hit a significant milestone—the electric SUV has racked up more than 1,000 orders. That number was reached last weekend during an event at the brand’s first showroom at TREC along Jalan Tun Razak.
This achievement likely makes it one of the fastest-selling electric vehicles in Malaysia. That’s not surprising given the aggressive pricing, which starts at RM149,800 for the Standard Range model and rises up to RM167,800 for the Extended Range—both undercutting the equivalent Hyundai Kona Electric.
That amount of money buys you a larger crossover with a more powerful front motor, producing 201hp and 310Nm of torque. It also nets you one of two battery sizes—the smallest 49.9kWh version in the Standard Range variant delivers a range of 345km, while the 60.5kWh unit in the Extended Range enables the Atto 3 to travel 420km on a single charge.
Speaking of which, the Standard Range supports up to 70kW of DC fast charging, whereas the Extended Range is capable of 80kW, the latter filling the battery from zero to 80% in 45 minutes. The Atto 3 can also be charged at up to 7kW using an AC wallbox, taking 9.5 hours to fully charge the bigger battery.
Other noteworthy features are a power-rotating 12.8-inch touchscreen and a high level of standard kit, including keyless entry and start, a smart key card, power-adjustable seats, automatic air conditioning and a 360-degree camera system. The Atto 3 is also capable of Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, thanks to features like adaptive cruise control and lane centring assist.
Achieving this milestone wouldn’t have been easy, as the Atto 3 is facing stiff competition in its segment—not just from the Kona Electric, but from the also-new Ora Good Cat. The latter is the most affordable EV in Malaysia with pricing starting at RM139,800, but it’s a smaller car in a less practical hatchback body style.