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Deal of the Day: four years’ free charging and a BYD Dolphin for £334 a month

The award winning BYD Dolphin looks decent value on £334 lease and great value with four years of free charging thrown in. 

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We hate to say it but the BYD Dolphin has made a big splash on its arrival in the UK car market. The team on our sister site Carbuyer certainly weren’t joking when they named the family hatchback as their 2024 Car of the Year just a couple of weeks back, and now we’ve spotted a special offer that makes the Chinese electric car even more tempting. 

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Octopus Electric Vehicles is leveraging its status as part of the Octopus Energy Group to offer no fewer than four years of free off-peak home charging to anyone leasing a BYD Dolphin before the end of 2023. The lease deal itself is flexible in terms of initial and monthly payments, but as an example you can make an initial payment of £3,008 - equal to nine months’ worth of the £334 monthly payments that you’ll need to make thereafter.

It’s a 48-month lease deal, so there’s no option to own the car and you’ll have to hand it back after that period. You will, however, be able to get free home charging throughout via credit added to your Octopus Energy account, and the free Octopus home charger that’s also included.

The free off-peak charging is unlimited during off-peak hours - usually between 11.30pm and 5.30pm depending on your Octopus deal - for the duration of the lease. The 5,000-mile limit will net you around £108 per year and a 10,000 limit would equate to about £216 per year - but with corresponding higher monthly payments.

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The deal requires you to have the Intelligent Octopus Go electric-car tariff for your domestic electricity supply and a compatible home charger. Octopus will throw in a free charger and installation if you don’t have one already. 

Back to the BYD Dolphin, and the car being offered is a Comfort-spec model from the upper echelons of the trim-level range. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, an upgraded six-speaker stereo and parking sensors, in addition to a generous standard kit list that includes the brand’s trademark 12.8-inch rotating central touchscreen.

Comfort cars also come with the larger 60.4kWh battery, for an impressive official range of 265 miles. At a rapid charger capable of delivering the car’s maximum 88kW charging power, the battery can be charged from empty to 80 per cent in 43 minutes. The Dolphin can get from a standstill to 60mph in seven seconds, and hit a top speed of 99mph.

As always, our Deal of the Day, is a great deal on a car we’re happy to recommend chosen by our team of experts. Terms and conditions will always apply, deals are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.

Get the BYD Dolphin deal or take a look at our previous Deal of the Day here… 

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Steve looks after the Auto Express website; planning new content, growing online traffic and managing the web team. He’s been a motoring journalist, road tester and editor for over 20 years, contributing to titles including MSN Cars, Auto Trader, The Scotsman and The Wall Street Journal.

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