Chinese automaker BYD recently demonstrated a new active suspension system for future EVs in dramatic fashion—with a jump. The system is called the BYD DiSus Intelligent Body Control System and is similar to active suspension systems like Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and Mercedes-Benz Magic Body Control.
BYD claims DiSus is the first of its kind from a Chinese automaker. It can do things like cancel out body roll and lower the car at particular speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag and boost efficiency.
The system was unveiled on the Yangwang U9, an electric sports car from BYD’s new upscale Yangwang brand. The car was shown dancing like a lowrider and being driven with one wheel removed, being held upright by the suspension at the other three corners.
Along with the Yangwang U9, BYD has more models up its sleeve. It’s positioning it’s Han EV as a breakthrough model for other markets beyond China and plans to bring the Han sedan, along with the Tang and Atto 3 crossovers, to certain European markets in late 2022.
Sales will start in Sweden and Germany before expanding to other countries such as Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom. No U.S. plans have been announced yet.
As the founding force behind LFP batteries, BYD has positioned its latest Blade battery as having a leading edge in packaging and safety. The company has also revealed a next-generation EV platform with a maximum range of up to 600 miles and fast 800-volt charging.
BYD is a multinational high-tech company devoted to leveraging technological innovations for a better life. Founded in 1995 as a rechargeable battery maker, BYD now boasts a diverse business scope covering automobiles, rail transit, new energy, and electronics, with over 30 industrial parks in China, the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hungary, and India.
From energy generation and storage to its applications, BYD is dedicated to providing zero-emission energy solutions that reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. Its new energy vehicle footprint now covers 6 continents, over 70 countries and regions, and more than 400 cities. Listed in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges, the company is known to be a Fortune Global 500 enterprise that furnishes innovations in pursuit of a greener world.
Electrified Mag’s Take: A bouncing Chinese car is certainly a gimmicky approach to break the news of a cool new suspension system but maybe that’s on purpose. The real story here is can Chinese automakers crack the US and European auto markets? For years, strict domestic regulations requiring foreign automakers to transfer intellectual property to Chinese partners for access to the world’s biggest auto market was the cost of doing business. Now that the largest intellectual property transfer in history is complete, will the new Sino goliaths like BYD, invade and conquer the Western world? We shall soon see. For now, here’s a jumping, hoopty supercar to distract you.