Byton Will Offer More Interior Features to Compete with Tesla
【Summary】The electric vehicle race surges on as Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton reveals that it will concentrate on incorporating a plethora of interior features in its upcoming offering which will be launched in 2019
The electric vehicle race surges on as Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton reveals that it will concentrate on incorporating a plethora of interior features in its upcoming offering which will be launched in 2019. The company says it expects advanced autonomous driving technology will be introduced in electric vehicles in the coming years.
Byton intends on competing with its rivals by offering hi-tech features like touchscreens and adjustable seats, rather than focusing on acceleration time, electric driving range and other performance aspects.
The company also announced that by 2020, its cars will be offered with level-4 autonomy, which means that Byton's vehicles will be capable of taking on all driving functions in select environments. The Chinese startup also argues that because of electric car manufacturer's focus on performance and driving range, their cars become inconvenient to own.
Byton plans on making the passenger experience as comfortable as possible for its customers by offering more cabin space, touchscreens, and adjustable seats.
The Electric car startup has revealed two concept vehicles which have been dubbed as the M-Byte SUV and K-Byte electric sedan. Both concepts are going to feature similar interiors.
The first car to hit the markets will be M-Byte SUV and the company will follow it up with the introduction of the K-Byte sedan in the year 2021. Byton also plans on introducing an all-electric MPV by the year 2022.
Juxtaposed to most upcoming electric vehicles, which boast of driving ranges that are upwards of the 300-mile mark, the entry-level trims of Byton EVs will only be offered with a driving range of 250 miles. However, there will top-of-the-range models which will get an all-electric driving range of 325 miles.
The company also confirmed that instead of a conventional dashboard it's electric vehicles will feature a 49-inch touchscreen. The cars will also get touchscreens on the steering wheel and on the backs of the front seats.
Byton wants to give its customers a smart car experience which is why other features like gesture control and onboard Wi-Fi will also make their way into the package.
In June Byton managed to close a $500 million Series-B funding round which meant that it successfully raised a total capital of over $1 billion. To make sure that its vehicles are built by an effective production process the company is going to use the same platform for all three cars to meet production demands and scalability requirements.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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