Byton Hopes To Be Able To Use Tesla Super Charger Network

Posted: Jan 8 2018, 12:30am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Byton Hopes to be able to use Tesla Super Charger Network

The Byton car has been unveiled at CES 2018.

The first big highlight has dropped at CES 2018. Byton has unveiled its first car in a media event on Sunday. The world-premiere was less impressive than I'd hoped. Byton will have a lot of selling to do to convince customers to want an SIV (Smart Intuitive Vehicle). The first Byton has some futuristic elements on the outside but does not leap current cross-over SUV designs. The big difference is the tech packed interior.

There is a giant dash screen, touchscreen on the wheel and two screens in the rear. The idea is that all passengers can use their time while in the car effectively and not waste it. I'm not the target group for a Byton because I love driving. The company did not put the focus on performance aspects of the all-electric Byton. It's slower in acceleration than a Tesla Model 3, but is $10,000 more expensive.

The first Byton is scheduled to be released in late 2019. This is almost two years out and a lot of things have to fall into place to make a Byton an alternative to a Tesla. In a BBC interview, Byton said that they "expect Tesla would be happy - or be forced - to share its Super Charger stations."

So Byton is at the merit of Elon Musk's willingness to open up the Super Charger network. When the big car companies finally get serious about electric cars, a unified charger network is very likely, but I don't think that happens by 2019.

You can watch the Byton concept unveiling at the Byton and reserve one on byton.com.

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