Starting from $44,381 to $47,381 before on-road costs and state incentives in one highly specified variant and two battery sizes, the BYD Atto 3 is one of Australia’s most affordable electric SUVs with up to 420km of range (WLTP), a 12.8-inch rotating infotainment system, and a raft of safety assistance systems as standard.
How to Charge a BYD Atto 3
The BYD Atto 3 charging port uses the CCS standard, which features a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used for AC charging at home, work or at public chargers (e.g. shopping centre car parks).
For public fast/rapid DC charging, both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to support the high power output required. The Atto 3 CCS charging inlet is located on top of the front right wheel arch.
The Atto 3 can be slow, fast and rapid charged from public charging stations. In most cases:
- Slow charging requires a three-pin to Type 2 cable, usually supplied with the car.
- Public AC charging will feature a tethered Type 2 connector or may require a Type 2 to Type 2 cable.
- Rapid DC charging uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.
1. Find a public charging station for fast and rapid chargers
Plugshare is the easiest way to find any public AC and DC electric vehicle charging station in your area. It displays a map and overall rating of each charger from check-ins and comments.
Additionally, use the charging provider’s app like Chargefox or Evie Networks to view the live availability of stations and check whether a stall may be out-of-action.
2. Connect charging cable to car
Driving up to the charger, ensure that your vehicle’s charging port, located on the front right, is nearest to the stall. This may require you to drive in or reverse into the charging spot.
Once parked, grab the appropriate charging connector type from the stall’s holster, open the Atto 3’s charging flap and any other caps, and firmly plug it into the vehicle.
3. Confirm charging has started
Use the charging provider’s mobile app or tap the RFID card on the stall to activate the charging session. You may need to press a start button on some charging stalls, too.
After a few seconds of communicating with the Atto 3, you can see the charging status via the station’s screen, the vehicle’s driver instrument display, or the BYD mobile app.
How Long Does it Take to Charge a BYD Atto 3?
Slow AC Charging (level 1,2) - Home/Business
The following table shows the estimated time to fully charge (0 to 100%) a BYD Atto 3 Extended Range with its onboard 7 kW charger. Known as level 1 or 2 charging, this would be typically done at home, work or shopping centre car parks. Fully charging an Atto 3 using a portable charger and a standard 10A power point would take 28 hours.
Fast/Rapid DC Charging (level 3) - Public
The following tables show the estimated time to charge the Atto 3 Extended Range using fast/rapid DC charging. The Atto 3 can support maximum DC charging of 80 kW, chargers with higher output than this will be throttled to this limit. Charging to 80% on a rapid DC charger could be done in 42 minutes.
It is recommended to limit the charging at rapid chargers to 80% to preserve battery health.
Note that the times shown are only a guide only. Other factors that might vary the actual charging time of your car. For personalised estimates of the Atto 3, use the zecar ev charging calculator.
How Much Does it Cost to Charge a BYD Atto 3?
The below tables show the estimated cost of charging the Atto 3 Extended Range's 60 kWh battery at home using a standard flat tariff or a public fast DC charger.
Based on these figures, the Atto 3 Extended Range's fuel costs are $4.0-$9.6 per 100 km, depending on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest per kilometre cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost (per charge and per kilometre). This compares favourably to an equivalent petrol car which would cost $15 per 100km, assuming $2/litre for petrol.
Use the zecar EV charging calculator to find the cost and times to charge any EV using any charge method. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.
What is the Recommended Charge Level for a BYD Atto 3?
The BYD Atto 3's battery pack uses the LFP chemistry. BYD recommends setting the charge limit to 100% for daily use.
The key advantage of LFP is the freedom to fully charge the pack to 100% every time with substantially less degradation concerns compared to other chemistries.
BYD Atto 3 Charging at Home
The BYD Atto 3 is compatible with almost all portable and wall-mounted chargers. It comes with a portable charging cable, which can be used on any Australian domestic powerpoint
For faster charging speeds, you may want to consider a wall-mounted charger to reach the maximum 7.2 kW charge rate the Atto 3 is capable of.
Home charging while taking longer will likely result in less degradation.Electric Car Home Charging Guide
BYD Atto 3 Charging using Public DC charging stations
The BYD Atto 3 can be charged using all the major charging networks except Tesla Superchargers and some select Tesla destination chargers.
Refer to this guide for all the key public charging providers including links to app downloads.
Excessive use of fast charging may accelerate the degradation of the battery due to the heat caused by fast charging.
Charging a BYD Atto 3 Bottom Line
The BYD Atto 3 is considered about average when it comes to charging speeds compared to other electric cars. It provides above-average speeds for AC chargers but below-average for DC fast chargers. Check out our fastest charging car list to see how the Atto 3 ranks against its peers.
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