E-car: Byton, the production version of the M-Byte


IAA 2019

The Premiere of Byton in Frankfurt is surprising. Since the M-Byte start next year in China, the idea of the production of electric cars in Germany is something Special.

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Dirk customer at the published
10. September 2019, 11:18 PM

Byton presents the new M-Byte at the IAA in Frankfurt.
(Image: Dirk, Customer)

Byton presented at the International automobile exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt, the production version of its SUV M-Byte. It is the first electric car of the Chinese Startups under German leadership. “We want to show that we can compete in terms of safety and quality with the premium brands. On the subject of connectivity, we have to clear the nose in front,” said Daniel Kirchert, in conversation with Golem.de. The electric five-seater has been developed within three years since the company was founded. Sales start in mid-2020, in China and in 2021 in Europe and the USA.


  1. E-car: Byton, the production version of the M-Byte
  2. Connectivity as a differentiator
  3. Start of production is delayed

For this, some 50,000 reservations already exist, of which around 20,000 are from Europe. In addition to Nio Byton is likely to be the most well-known Chinese start-up with international ambitions. Byton operates a design center in Munich and developed the Software in Santa Clara in Silicon Valley. Headquarters and manufacturing emerged in the last 18 months in Nanjing. The capital of the Jiangsu province and is 300 kilometers West of Shanghai.

M-Byte, with up to 435 miles of range

The M-Byte is provided with the battery variants 72 and 95 kWh. According to technical Director David Twohig, these are useful capacities. So 360 or 435 miles of range, according to the WLTP possible. Mathematically, the consumption is 20 or 21.8 kWh per 100 km. The entry-level variant that uses a rear-mounted engine with 200 kW of power. This variant is available with two battery sizes to choose from.

Byton has unveiled its SUV, the M-Byte at the IAA in 2019 in Frankfurt. (Photo: Dirk, Customer)

The all-wheel drive variant delivers 300 kW of power and accelerates in 5.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h or 11 kW or optional 22 kW AC will be Loaded with up to 150 kW DC.

“We have opted for comfort”

The job market

  1. Deloitte, Düsseldorf
  2. Medisoft GmbH, Hamburg

The car weighs in at, depending on Motor and battery size, 2.315 up to 2,600 kg. With its dimensions (4,87 m in length, 2.19 m width, 1.66 m height), weight, maximum speed (190 km/h) is close to the Audi E-Tron 55 quattro. The starts, however, at 80,000 euros. The single-engine Version of the M-Byte starts at 54,000 euros. What is the all-Wheel drive option costs, was not communicated.

“To design an electric car is simple,” said chief technology officer Twohig in an interview with Golem. Refers to the depth of focus, and a spurt of strong electric motors. But he warned his engineers what he calls “False-sports-car-trap”. It relies too much on sporty driving dynamics, the suspension, start rocking the car when rolling at low speed over uneven roads. “It is a compromise between sportiness and comfort. We decided to go for comfort,” says Twohig.