BYD Atto 3 Charging Guide: Charge times, speed and cost

BYD Atto 3 on street

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 and Where to Charge a BYD Atto 3

BYD Atto 3 Charging Station, Port and Plug Type

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).

AC and DC public chargers at shopping centreAC and DC public chargers at shopping centre

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.
Type 2 and CCS plugsType 2 and CCS plugs

1. Find a public charging station for fast and rapid chargers

Your main options for finding public charging stations for the BYD Atto 3 include:

  • BYD in-built navigation which has a shortcut to search for nearby EV charging stations.
  • 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. The app can be downloaded on your phone.
  • 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.
BYD Atto 3 map charging station

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.

BYD Atto 3 Charge Time and Speed

Level 1 and 2 Charging (slow)

Level 1 and 2 Charging refers to charging from a power socket or a mounted charger. This is typically done at home, work or shopping centre car parks.

The BYD Atto 3's onboard charger supports single-phase at 32 amps, enabling a maximum power intake of 7 kW AC.

Charging an Atto 3 using a portable charger and a standard 10A power will add 20km of range per hour. A full charge would take 28 hours. Upgrading the power source to 32A, will increase range added per hour to 61km and reduce the charge time to less than 9 hours.

Level 3 DC Charging (fast, rapid)

The BYD Atto 3 Extended Range can support maximum DC charging of 89 kW DC, chargers with higher output than this will be throttled to this limit. As per the charge test conducted below, the Atto 3 has an average charge power of 77 kW over a charging session.

Charging the Atto 3 from 10% to 80% at a fast/rapid DC charging station can be done in as little as 35 minutes, providing 294km of range.

The following tables show the estimated time to charge the Atto 3 Extended Range using different speed fast/rapid DC charging stations.

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.

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

BYD Atto 3 charge port

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 power point.

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.

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BYD Atto 3 Charging using Public DC charging stations

BYD Atto 3 at DC Fast Charging Station

The BYD Atto 3 can be charged using all the major charging networks including some 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.

Can a BYD Atto 3 Be Charged at Tesla Supercharger Stations?

Tesla Supercharger Station

Yes, BYD Atto 3's can charge at some Tesla Supercharger sites. As of the latest update to this article, Tesla has opened up 30 of its 63 Supercharger sites in Australia to non-Tesla EVs.

Note: Some BYD Atto 3 owners have reported compatibility issues at some Tesla Supercharger stations, in particular V3 Superchargers which supply charge at up to 250kW. At this stage it is unknown whether this issue will be fixed with an OTA update.

Non-Tesla vehicles will be charged $0.79 per kWh for drivers of non-Tesla cars However, non-Tesla drivers can sign up to a $9.99/month subscription to reduce the cost to $0.66 per kWh.

➡️TRY: EV Charging Calculator

Tesla supercharger sites can be accessed by non-Tesla EVs via the Tesla apps.

  • Download the Tesla app (version 4.18.0 or higher) for iOS or Android and create a Tesla Account.
  • Select ‘Charge Your Non-Tesla’ and find your Supercharger site.
  • Add your payment method, select a stall, unlock the adapter, plug in your car, and tap ‘Start Charging.’
  • Select ‘Stop Charging’ to complete your session.

BYD Atto 3 Bidirectional Charging (V2L)

The BYD Atto 3 is one of the EV models that features bidirectional charging. The V2L adapter that comes with Atto 3 can be plugged into the type 2 AC port providing up to 2.2 kW of continuous power to appliances.

Charging a BYD Atto 3 Bottom Line

The BYD Atto 3 charging speed is considered average compared to other electric cars. It provides below-average speeds for AC chargers and average speeds 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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Danny is a consultant and entrepreneur working at the cutting edge of the electric vehicle and energy transition. He is passionate about educating and helping consumers make better decisions through data. He is the founder of zecar and is currently the EV Innovation Manager at Endeavour Energy.

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