Plug-In Hybrid BYD Qin to Launch With Expected $29,000 Price Tag in June 2013

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 7

BYD's Latest Plug-In Hybrid Qin

BYD’s Latest Plug-In Hybrid Qin

BYD’s follow-up to its “dual mode” F3DM plug-in hybrid is set to launch in China this June with an expected price tag of $29,000 US before incentives.

Visually, the Qin Isn't a Stand Out, but Compared to Other BYD Offerings It's a Rather Attractive Package

Visually, the Qin Isn’t a Stand Out, but Compared to Other BYD Offerings It’s a Rather Attractive Package

Its price is spectacular, as to are its specs.  It’s called Qin and it’s the “next-generation dual-mode electric vehicle” flagship from BYD.

“Dual Mode II” improves upon the system featured in the F3DM in several ways and BYD is quick to point out the benefits.  BYD says Qin boasts an electric-only rang of 31 miles, features a 10-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack, accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115 mph.  Nearly all of these figures best the capabilities of the F3DM and BYD further says that Qin is some 3.3 seconds quicker from 0 to 62 mph than the Chevy Volt.

Qin relies on two 110-kW electric motors and a 1.5 liter turbo-charged direct-injected gasoline engine for motivation.

Qin is the first in a long line of future advanced vehicles scheduled to be released by BYD and its definitely price to sell in volume.  At $29,000 US), before any applicable government subsidies or tax exemptions, Qin should fly off dealer lots in China.  We say “should,” rather than “will,” because Chinese consumers have yet to show any real interest in purchasing plug-in vehicles, regardless of price.

 

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7 responses to "Plug-In Hybrid BYD Qin to Launch With Expected $29,000 Price Tag in June 2013"

  1. zilm says:

    Dual mode? Is it parallel-series? Bottom is ugly but 5.9 seconds for $29k can beat all.

  2. Solrak says:

    220 kW for 29.000 dolars before incentives???

    Who`s the source?, because looks like a fake.

  3. Rob says:

    Let’s wait for crash test…

  4. Steve says:

    Solrak has a point. Hasn’t BYD been promising amazing cars at a cheap price and then not delivering? An electric wondercar for cheap? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. BYD has a pretty good history – and besides other players (like Tesla) they have two things: batteries (and a mine!) plus scale. Not that this alone is enough to win. But a pretty good foundation. Let rare earths double again and who do you think has a competitive edge (on prices) then?

    Overall all this competition is great! The established petrol heads where too slow developing other techs for urbanised mankind. This credit goes to the East, Toyota, BYD!

  6. John says:

    check out the BYD Qin on YouTube.

  7. bill says:

    yes guys, it is said that after incentives, this car will be sold at USD22,000 or even less, quite amazing price