2014 and 2015 are shaping up to be China's time to shine in the plug-in vehicle spotlight. The Tesla Model S is making an appearance. The BYD Denza EV is coming. The China-built version of the Nissan Leaf, the Venucia Morning Wind, will roll off the line. All this is happening just in time, too, since the government has said it wants five million plug-in vehicles on the streets by 2020.

To start things off, though, it's a local kid who has claimed the sales crown. According to the National Passenger Car Association of China, the BYD Qin (pronounced "cheen") PHEV is the best-selling plug-in vehicle for the first quarter of 2014, following record sales months in January and February. Sadly, BYD hasn't released actual sales numbers, but did say that it sold over 6,000 units in the first weeks of 2014. That's a big turnaround from the plug-in car that the Qin replaces, the F3DM.

The Qin PHEV has a 0-62 mile-per-hour time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph. The car also has a relatively long EV range - 44 miles - and a fuel economy rating of 177 MPGe. The Qin starts at around the equivalent of $32,000 US.
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BYD's QIN is announced "China's Q1-2014 Best-Selling Electric Vehicle" and the Quarter is not even over

SHENZHEN, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BYD's second-generation Dual-Mode, Plug-in Hybrid Electric sedan, the QIN (pronounced "cheen"), has set a second record month of sales in February. Trends in March now make it "China's Best-Selling Electric Vehicle" according to China's National Passenger Car Association.

"the news that QIN is a top selling vehicle should come as no surprise as there is simply no other vehicle this fast, efficient, stylish and affordable on the market, anywhere."

After its much anticipated launch in China this past December, the BYD QIN has been selling at record numbers, so much that BYD has had trouble meeting demand. In the first weeks of 2014, more than 6,000 vehicles were sold accounting for over half (50%) of the Chinese new-energy vehicle market. Analysts are not expecting sales to slow down any time soon as both Shanghai and Beijing announced earlier this month that they will now permit BYD new energy vehicles to qualify for local municipality green-vehicle incentives and be licensed in those regions. These signals along with the Chinese government's new fund committed for clean-air and fuel-efficient technologies in the form of consumer and government purchasing incentives are launching a new era in the China domestic automobile industry.

BYD Senior Vice President Stella Li stated, "the news that QIN is a top selling vehicle should come as no surprise as there is simply no other vehicle this fast, efficient, stylish and affordable on the market, anywhere." The QIN consumes only 1.6 liters of fuel for every one-hundred kilometers (~62 miles) and accelerates 0-100 km/h (60 mph) in 5.9 seconds. This is only the first of many of BYD super-electric vehicles launching as the electric version of the S7-styled SUV internally named the Tang (pronounced "Tah-ng") is set to be released later this year. The QIN is currently available to domestic Chinese and Latin American markets and senior officials at BYD have discussed expanding exported versions of these new energy vehicles in the coming years.

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China's largest companies to have successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to "solve the whole problem" has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.

As the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or "Fe") Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit www.byd.com/pv/ or www.facebook.com/bydcompany.


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      BB91103
      • 4 Months Ago
      Decent looking car.
      skierpage
      • 4 Months Ago
      Oh BYD, will your PR misstatements ever end? They started with outrageous claims about the battery pack size and range in the e6, and they can't stop. * 177 MPGe is obviously a lie. The tiny Scion iQ Ev only gets 121 MPGe. And what's with "The QIN consumes only 1.6 liters of fuel for every one-hundred kilometers (~62 miles)?" Someone doesn't know what they're talking about. * 6,000 sales in a few weeks sounds impressive. But BYD sells to government agencies in areas where it has factories (Shenzen taxis! Shenzen taxis!), so that probably means they wheeled and dealed with some government agency. * In another breathless announcement, "BYD sells 1,200 electric buses to the city of Dalian in 2014 and 2015". That proves my point, since "BYD announces the opening of a new electric bus manufacturing facility in the Dalian Huayuankou Economic Zone." Dalian is yet another huge Chinese city few have heard of (population of 6M!), but I refuse to believe it's going to spend a billion dollars on electric buses in the next two years. More realistically, it'll be like other huge BYD orders, like this one: * "Nanjing Public Transportation Group announced an order for 600 BYD electric buses, 50 of which were delivered for the city’s Youth Olympic Games in August 2014." Note well: massive $500M order, planned delivery is less than one tenth of that, and the usual confusion over tense ("were delivered" at a future date, "sells buses" now in 2015, etc.). I'm glad BYD is making EVs. But everyone should assume that whatever they say is stretching a grain of truth into a billion dollars of phony revenue.