Recently BYTON celebrated the US debut of the BYTON K-Byte Concept in Pebble Beach. Meanwhile on the other side of the pacific in Nanjing, China, the first BYTON M-Byte test vehicles are already being put through their paces as part of application runs under actual traffic conditions and on test tracks.
Dr Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and Co-Founder, BYTON, together with Dr. Daniel Kirchert, President and Co-Founder, BYTON, accompanied the rollout of the first test vehicles at the prototype manufacturing plant in Nanjing.
Breitfeld stated: “The development of the BYTON M-Byte is progressing extremely well, with everything on track. In recent months we have already successfully completed crash and stability tests with the initial set of prototypes, now the first prototypes are being road tested. The team’s pace and motivation is incredible.”
Kirchert, added: “The fact that the first M-Bytes are now undergoing road testing is a sign of the success of our developers and engineers at our locations in the U.S., China and Europe. Thanks to the expertise of our international network we have rapid processes, and we’re constantly focused on efficient implementation despite our thirst to innovate.”
Prototype testing marks a huge step forward for production, which is slated for fall 2019. Rigorous testing will be conducted in this current phase, including of vehicle reliability under different conditions, with the first cold weather tests due this winter.
BYTON’s SUV production model will be available in two performance variants: A rear wheel drive vehicle with a 71kWh battery (400km range) and a four wheel drive vehicle with a 95kWh battery (520km range). The rear wheel drive motor will have an output of 200kW (400NM of torque). The four wheel drive BYTON M-Byte will have two motors with a combined output of 350kW (710NM of torque).
The BYTON M-Byte will be produced at BYTON’s plant in Nanjing, China. Vehicle pricing will start at $45,000. BYTON’s SUV will launch in China in 2019 followed by the U.S. and Europe in 2020. The sedan will follow in 2021, with a seven seater planned for 2022.