|BYD Qin. Click to enlarge.|
BYD has officially launched its Qin plug-in hybrid in China; the performance-based hybrid car is intended to target key world markets. European availability of a similar but probably renamed model is planned for early 2015.
The dual mode Qin can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph) with a claimed overall fuel consumption of up to 1.6 L/100 km (147 mpgUS). The Qin can be driven in pure electric mode for up to 70 km (44 miles). For long distance journeys the car uses its 1.5TID gasoline engine.
|BYD Qin Chinese market specs|
|Engine type||BYD 476ZQA (1.5)|
|Engine rated power [kW @ rpm]||113 @ 5200|
|Engine max. torque [N·m @ rpm]||240 @ 1750-3500|
|Motor max. power [kW]||110|
|Motor max. torque [N·m]||250|
|Total power [kW, BHP]||217, 291|
|Total torque [N·m]||479|
|Acceleration, 0-100 km/h [sec]||5.9|
|Fuel consumption [l/100 km]||1.6|
|Top speed [km/h, mph]||185, 115|
|All-electric range [km, miles]||70, 44|
BYD said that its first 100 Qin cars were purchased in two seconds via its online site. About 95,000 people had visited the BYD e-shopping mall, 6,000 actually registered and 23,405 were online when the sale began. 4,155 of them tried to purchase the new model, according to BYD.
The new car utilizes the technology pioneered and proven in the original BYD F3DM model, of which many tens of thousands have been sold, the company says. The Qin can be recharged at any normal household socket. When power is low or there is an on-demand need for ultimate acceleration the hybrid mode (charge sustaining) is activated; this can be programmed either automatically or manually. The Qin also generates electric recharging power during deceleration—either by means of engine braking or via the foot brake—typically contributing 2.5 to 3 kWh every 100 km (62 miles).
The Qin offers four driving functions: EV+ECO, EV+SPORT, HEV+ECO and HEV+SPORT modes. These can be selected by the driver, commanding the appropriate blend of economy and performance for any driving condition.
All models in the Qin family feature a 12.1-inch TFT instrument panel, smart key system and BYD’s remote driving facility, which allows the car to be maneuvered remotely at very low speed from the outside of the vehicle where permissible.
Standard safety features include Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electric Park Brake, ISO-FIX mounting points for child safety seats, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Control Deceleration Parking and 12 air bags.
The Qin family includes advanced internet connectivity encompassing a Cloud-based services system, currently available only in China, which brings together the intelligence technology and interactive experiences into one driver-friendly control unit.
BYD expects to launch Qin in Europe in early 2015. Initial prices in China prior to any EV subsidies range from €23,725 to €26,225 (US$32,452 to US$35,871).