Byton is an electric vehicle startup company preparing to attempt to jump into the US marketplace. Started up in China back in 2016, the company now aims to begin selling their cars in the US by 2020.
In any case, we caught up with representatives from Byton at CES 2019, where the company is showing off concept versions of the M-Byte crossover and the K-Byte sedan, to find out more about the company's ambitious plans to enter the EV market.
The M-Byte crossover will come first
This crossover is the car that Byton intends to start selling in the U.S. by mid-2020. At 191 inches long with a 116-inch-long wheelbase, the M-Byte is similar in size to the BMW X5 and has two rows of seats.
Two battery options will be offered
The standard M-Byte will have a 71.0-kWh battery pack; a larger, 95.0-kWh pack is optional. We don't have a good idea of the promised driving range, as Byton's own estimates—250 miles for the standard battery and 325 miles for the bigger battery—go by the NEDC cycle, which has little bearing on the EPA's test cycle for EVs.
Rear- and all-wheel drive will be available
A one-motor setup is standard, with a single rear-mounted electric motor providing power to the rear wheels. Either of these setups will be available with both battery-pack options.
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