The BYD Dolphin, the cheapest electric car available, is priced from $38,890 to $44,890 before on-road costs. The Dolphin EV comes in two motor and battery configurations, providing between 340km to 427km of claimed WLTP driving range depending on the variant.
This guide will cover they key things you need to know about charging a BYD Dolphin, including: charging recommendations, speed and costs.
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How to Charge a BYD Dolphin
BYD Dolphin Charging Port
The BYD Dolphin 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 Dolphin CCS charging inlet is located on top of the front right wheel arch.
The Dolphin 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
Your main options for finding public charging stations for the BYD Dolphin 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.
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 Dolphin’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 Dolphin, you can see the charging status via the station’s screen, the vehicle’s driver instrument display, or the BYD mobile app.
BYD Dolphin 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 Dolphin's onboard charger supports single-phase at 32 amps, enabling a maximum power intake of 6.6 kW AC.
Charging a Dolphin Dynamic using a portable charger and a standard 10A power will add 18km of range per hour. A full charge would take 28 hours. Upgrading the power source to 32A, will increase range added per hour to 50km and reduce the charge time to less than 8 hours.
Level 3 DC Charging (fast, rapid)
The BYD Dolphin Dynamic can support maximum DC charging of 80 kW, chargers with higher output than this will be throttled to this limit. Charging the Dolphin from 10% to 80% at a fast/rapid DC charging station can be done in as little as 38 minutes, providing 272km of range.
The following tables show the estimated time to charge the Dolphin Dynamic using different speed fast/rapid DC charging stations.
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 for charging the BYD Dolphin, use the zecar ev charging calculator.
How Much Does it Cost to Charge a BYD Dolphin?
The below tables show the estimated cost of charging the Dolphin Dynamic's 60 kWh battery at home using a standard flat tariff or a public fast DC charger.
Based on these figures, the Dolphin Dynamic's fuel costs are $3.7-$8.8 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 Dolphin?
The BYD Dolphin'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 Dolphin Charging at Home
The BYD Dolphin 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 6.6 kW charge rate the Dolphin is capable of.Electric Car Home Charging Guide
BYD Dolphin Charging using Public DC charging stations
The BYD Dolphin 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.
BYD Dolphin Bidirectional Charging (V2L)
The BYD Dolphin is one of the EV models that features bidirectional charging. The V2L adapter that comes with the Dolphin can be plugged into the type 2 AC port providing up to 2.2 kW of continuous power to appliances.
Charging a BYD Dolphin Bottom Line
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