• Image Credit: BYD
  • Image Credit: BYD
  • Image Credit: BYD
Not all of the new vehicles in the world this week were centered at the Detroit Auto Show. Case in point is the BYD Qin Hybrid, which launched in China and will be coming to Europe in about a year (an "early 2015" launch there is planned). This successor to the F3DM has a lot going for it, and should prove a better seller.

BYD says the Qin is a "high tech, performance-based hybrid car" and here are the specs that try to back that up. It's got a 0-62 mile-per-hour time of 5.9 second and a top speed of 115 mph thanks to an overall power output of 291 horsepower. Those aren't blockbuster numbers, but should be appreciated by those who are also attracted to the Qin's 44-mile EV range and the gas-powered range extender that helps the car get an overall fuel economy rate of 177 MPGe. Add those numbers up, and you get 4,155 pre-orders for the PHEV, BYD says. BYD says it sold "many tens of thousands" of F3DMs, so the Qin has a ways to go to overtake its older sibling. You can see more in the video below.

The Qin PHEV has four driving modes (EV+ECO, EV+SPORT, HEV+ECO and HEV+SPORT), remote driving ability ("which allows the car to be manoeuvred remotely at very low speed from the outside of the vehicle where permissible") and cloud-based data connection. The car starts at the equivalent of $32,266 US.

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BYD has officially launched its Qin model in China, a new and high tech, performance-based hybrid car 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 100kph (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 185kph (115 mph) with a claimed overall fuel consumption of up to 1.6 L/100km (177mpg). The Qin can be driven in pure electric mode for up to 70km (44 miles), a distance which BYD research indicates will satisfy most daily travel needs and is believed to be by far the longest achieved by a PHEV (at least twice the range of competitor models). For long distance journeys the car uses its BYD 1.5TID petrol engine thus eliminating any 'range anxiety' associated with battery power vehicles.

When the first 100 Qin cars were put on sale on line in China, BYD set a record for new car sales anywhere. All 100 cars were snapped up by eager buyers in just two seconds – thought to be a record in the car industry. About 95,000 people had visited the BYD e-shopping mall, 6,000 actually registered and 23,405 were online when the sale began. An incredible 4,155 of them rushed to purchase the innovative new model from BYD.

The new car utilises the technology pioneered and fully proven in the original BYD F3DM model, of which many tens of thousands have been sold. As a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) 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 HEV mode 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 100km (62 miles).

The Qin offers four fully matched 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 unique remote driving facility, which allows the car to be manoeuvred remotely at very low speed from the outside of the vehicle where permissible.

Standard safety features include Tyre 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.

The BYD Qin, spearheading a range of BYD petrol, hybrid and pure electric cars for the consumer market, is expected to be launched in Europe in early 2015. Initial prices in China prior to any EV subsidies range from €23,725 to €26,225 (£19,645 to £21,715).

Engine type BYD 476ZQA(1.5Ti)
Engine rated power kW/rpm 113/5200
Engine max. torque Nm/rpm 240/1750-3500
Motor max. power kW/BHP 110/148
Motor max. torque Nm 250
Total power kW/BHP 217/291
Total torque Nm 479
Acceleration 0-100kmh (62 mph) Sec 5.9
Fuel consumption under normal conditions





Top speed





Tank capacity





Range in EV mode





About BYD

BYD Co., Ltd is a leading-edge provider of green energy technologies that specializes in the IT, automotive, and new energy industries. Being the world's biggest rechargeable battery manufacturer, BYD also has the largest global market share for cell-phone chargers and keypads. BYD branched out into the auto business in 2003, and has kept a robust yearly growth rate successively. In 2008, Warren Buffett invested $232 million to take a 9.89% stake in BYD. Today, BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese auto company and a global pioneer in the field of new energy vehicles including Dual Mode Electric Models and Pure Electric Models.

Based on its core Fe Battery technology, BYD has worked out a Green City Solution, which aims to electrify urban public transportation systems by transitioning from gasoline and diesel buses and taxis to pure electric ones. In March 2012, BYD and Daimler AG officially announced the entirely new EV brand Denza in China.

In addition, BYD has also focused on the Research & Development and manufacturing of a wide range of new energy products, including energy storage system, solar energy products and LED lighting. For more information, please visit http://byd-auto.net/, https://www.facebook.com/bydauto or email pr@byd.co.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      This car does have some really nice features. Honestly? I'd buy one if the quality is as good as it looks. (not talking about styling, that's way off)
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      "remote driving ability" WHAT???
      • 1 Year Ago
      So it's a Chinese Volt that honestly looks pretty good and has some nice features. The battery pack looked like it filled the trunk son don't expect much storage space. The cabin looked reasonable though.
      • 1 Year Ago
      We GOTTA stop quoting the NEDC MPGe "ratings" for PHEV's and EREV's. At best, it's simply misleading. At worst, it's intentionally dishonest. Either way, it's a virtually useless measure unless everyday your commute is identical to the European fuel economy test drive cycle. I seriously wonder if the author even knows what this MPGe figure means. Certainly the average reader doesn't. (It's a BS figure that's inflated by the all-electric miles and doesn't count the energy from the battery.)
        • 1 Year Ago
        Some folk just can't get their heads around the fact that driving conditions elsewhere are not the same as in the US, and that different national agencies make their tests to suit their own conditions, not those of the US. I can't speak for the cycle the Japanese use, but here in Europe a lot of folk hit pretty near the European ratings most of the time. I don't use any bit of road where I can travel over 60 in my day to day driving, for instance.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car will sell well, I want to operate a dealership for this, at $32K per car, I can make $7K per car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has Chinese EV production gone by the wayside?
        • 1 Year Ago
        Pretty much, except for taxis. The Chinese like to be able to travel long distances in their car when they want to - going home to the folks for the holidays is as big a thing there as it is in the US, or bigger, although they also have excellent trains in most places.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone who regularly reads ABG knows the 177 MPGe rating is B.S. but a lot of uninformed people will read this and ask the question, "Why can't we get cars like this in the U.S.?" in the same way uninformed people ask, "Why can't we get 55 MPG European spec clean diesels in the U.S.?" Kind of off topic: There will be many new plug in cars coming to showrooms this year. It will be interesting to see how they will be rated by the most conservative efficiency test in the world, the US EPA five cycle test.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks pretty good. Performance very nice. Price is meant to be pretty good (at least based on straight currency conversion). So if it actually drives well and is reliable they could have a hit on their hands. I still think I would lease on though just to have the peace of mind.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A good move towards the future! www.cyberrims.com
      • 1 Year Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      And I will get to drive one as a demo for free.
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