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BYD launches Qin plug-in hybrid in China

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).



Plug in Hybrid diesel with a 44 mile electric range (!) and 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and a price of e26K, what's not to like?

Remote driving !!!
What about that. What if someone hacks it ?
Cool, though.

Have to see what the crash test results come out like.


Sorry, it is gasoline, not diesel - I was confused by the TID suffix.

Also, a minor safety mod might be to have a smaller screen in the car. A 12" screen could be quite a distraction.

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Specs looks good but what about build quality and safety? The price also looks good but it will be higher outside Chine of cause.


Acceleration, 0-100 km/h [sec] 5.9 is nearing super car performance, if true

Weight, price, warranty, ..?



I remember about 5 years ago when the president of BYD was driving around INSIDE an auto show declaring that he would sell EVs in the U.S. in huge quantities soon.


That is 0-60kph, not mph.
Nothing supercar about it, although respectable.


No, it is 0-100 kph or 0-62 mph.

This car has all the power required to launch it to over 100 kph in less than 6 seconds.

With enough batteries for over 70 eKm it would use very little liquid fuel in normal operation. It could be an early solution to emissions from fossil fuels.

Let's not denigrate Chinese products. Walmart, Target and many others are making a fortune selling them. The world may be driving and riding Chinese electrified vehicles much sooner than many deniers think.


It has supercar acceleration, but not supercar max speed, which is the right way round to do it.

It still goes 35 mph faster than most countries allow, which should be enough for people whose hormones have calmed down.

As GCC people have said, it depends on the final selling price in local markets, the crash test results, and the image that they can build.

Tesla managed it, but his car was built in California, designed by a genius, and looked great.

I can't say the same about this, but if the price/performance is as good as the spec suggests, maybe it can sell on that alone.
+ it is financed by a genius.


I simply read kelly's comment and did not check back to the acceleration specs.
Apologies - that is where assumptions get you! ;-)

gideon goudsmit

The all electric range should be around 80 miles or 140 km to be truly functional , with my 3 years of electric driving experience the summers would be OK with 70 km or 40 miles range but the winter is a different story .
the battery capacity sinks with 30 to 40 % and the heater is used on top of that , taken this into account the higher range is needed to make this car 90 % fossil fuel free , they will achieve that since battery chemistry´s are getting better all the time and range increases as this happens I drive a Mitsubishi Imiev the first all electric car out and get up to 100 Miles range in summer but no more than 50 in the winter and i have to drive careful to achieve that.

gideon goudsmit

BTW both top speed and acceleration are not important for a car like this , this is purchased by people that are energy conscious , not for drag racers or Indy 500 races


Roger Pham

When charged twice daily, it can do 44 x 2 = 88 miles AER.
Because top speed and acceleration are not too important, the engine should be downsized to 2 cylinders and .75 liter with 56 kW in order to reduce weight and to put some battery capacity up front to realize more trunk space.

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