BYD Launching Two New Pure Electric Models In China


BYD Qin EV300 & e5 (left)

BYD Qin EV300 & e5 (left)

BYD has announced the launch of two new pure electric cars – the e5 and Qin EV300 back home in China.

Technically, the e5 was already presented on another occasion some time ago, but the Qin EV300 is completely new.

As one could guess, the Qin EV300 is an all-electric version of the popular Qin (which is a plug-in hybrid).

Under the sheet metal, both models seem to have the same drivetrain, with a 160 kW (215)/310 Nm electric motor.  The Qin EV300 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds.

Range is rated at 300 km (186 miles), but we are not confident this represents a “real world” result given our experience in the past with China-based metrics.  However, a quick look at the shape, and estimating the CdA in conjunction with the 48 kWh battery, and we would estimate the number is not too far off…we’d peg the number at between 150 and 160 miles (240km – 257km) to  on the US EPA scale.


  • e5 – available in three trims: 229,800 to 249,800 Chinese Yuan ($35,500 to $38,700)
  • Qin EV300 – available in four trims: 259,800 to 309,800 Chinese Yuan ($40,000 to $48,000)

Top Speed recently logged a first drive test review of the Qin EV300 specifically that is worth a look if one is interested in learning more.

About the cars:

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

“On March 31, 2016, BYD Company Ltd. launched two new Pure Electric Sedans to boost its already broad range of EVs, and provide consumers with even more options to suit their needs: the Qin EV300, coming in four versions with prices ranging from 259,800 to 309,800 Chinese Yuan; and the e5, coming in three versions with prices ranging from 229,800 to 249,800 Chinese Yuan. The company based the recent rollouts on a thorough assessment of what EV potential users value the most, and after finding out that range anxiety is still a major factor in purchase decisions, it provided both models with a 300km driving range, although a potential customer, upon testing the Qin EV300, managed to drive 349.5 km on a single charge.

The Qin EV300 is equipped with BYD’s high-efficiency, high-speed permanent magnet synchronous motor, with a maximum power of 160kW and maximum torque of 310Nm, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, and features re-generative braking system. The model also features BYD’s signature Insta-Pure Technology, a function that purifies the air in the interior of the vehicle by quickly lowering PM2.5 values. Both the Qin EV300 and the e5 are equipped with another of BYD’s signature features: the VtoL function, in which the vehicle serves as a massive mobile electricity supply to power appliances like cookers, refrigerators, power tools and many others, so that users can rely on the vehicle to plan outdoor activities that depend on electricity, or in case of emergencies like power cuts or blackouts.

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

Another interesting addition BYD is coming up with to offer EV users a new and exciting experience is to combine journey, charging, transportation and Internet fields together by establishing partnerships with industrial players and create an EV “ecosystem”. Such partnerships include Chinese e-commerce giant JD; charging terminal company Huashang Sanyou; Didi, China’s Uber counterpart; and, a top quality web platform for consumers to know about EVF trends, new technologies and policies, and help them to find their most suitable EV.

The Qin EV300 and e5 have come to consolidate BYD’s position as the world leader in EV manufacture and sales. Furthermore, their addition to the company’s already broad EV lineup goes a step further in the company’s ambitious electrified transportation strategies to mitigate the toll that deteriorating air condition is exacting on human’shealth.”

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

BYD Qin EV300

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22 responses to "BYD Launching Two New Pure Electric Models In China"
  1. RexxSee says:

    Nice! Pure electrics is, has always been the way to go. Hybrids have always been a way to delay BEVs.

    1. Someone out there says:

      That is completely wrong. People that are worried about range or convenience can buy a plugin hybrid to have it all. They then discover that driving on all electric mode is more comfortable, fun and cheaper and will be more inclined to buy a pure BEV the next time. Hybrids pave they way for BEVs.

      1. Big Solar says:

        both of you are right

        1. Michael says:

          I agree, they are both right. I first bought a Prius in 2005 then I bought a 2011 Volt and now I just put $1,000 deposit on a Model3. I never would have jumped from my Nissan 350Z to an all electric without my baby steps first to feel comfortable about EVs. ..and that took me 11 years!!

          1. RexxSee says:

            If given a test drive of an affordable Model 3 -like BEV at first, you would have easily jumped to all-electric, without looking back on those stinking sluggish noisy and fragile ICE cars! 😉

            1. All-Purpose Guru says:

              I don’t agree. The step to a hybrid, which utilizes the current infrastructure, is easy. PHEV is still a small step beyond that because you can still use the infrastructure, at a reduced rate of efficiency. Taking the final step to full dependence on non-infrastructure based systems is more difficult, especially as the current models (save Tesla) are still somewhat compromised as to range.

              1. All-Purpose Guru says:

                sorry, hit the wrong button. Even 215 mile range doesn’t give you a completely general-purpose vehicle until Tesla builds out the supercharger network more– My family lives in a rural part of California and is about 3 superchargers short of being accessible via a Model 3. By the time the thing comes out, maybe, but that’s up to Elon.

      2. Bob A. says:

        Can’t imagine how heavy/expensive a 300 mile EV would have been back in ’99. And the control and charging electronics wouldn’t have been as capable as they are now with higher junction temperature semiconductors.

        The most important thing that Hybrids did was to convince people that batteries would last, and that one wouldn’t have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a new battery every 60k to 80k miles. That took time, and it took guts for one manufacturer to stick its neck out. No one doubts the robustness of batteries now.

        So, now while I am quite disappointed in Toyota designs currently (though, I currently own a Highlander Hybrid), and will probably never buy another, the Prius that I sold about a year ago with about 240k miles convinced my wife (especially her) and I that batteries were not going to be a problem when we bought our volt. For that, Toyota deserves great credit.

        1. super390 says:

          Here is the 200-mile EV of 1996:

          Due to its composite construction, it couldn’t be made cheaply then.

        2. RexxSee says:

          Mass production would have taken care of the price, and The EV-1 Ni-MH had already 105 miles EPA near 150 miles in real life. And IT WAS IN 1999 !
          “- Freeway commuting with minimal stop and go: 130-150 miles per charge.
          – City driving mixed with freeway (including “performance demonstrations”): 100-130 miles per charge
          – worst case – hard use including driving in the hills: 75-100 miles per charge”

      3. RexxSee says:

        It is a P.R. spin to make believe people must be educated to BEVs. All in all they drive the same way with more comfort, in silence and with more power. They are easier to maintain, consume less time to recharge (plug/unplug) than to fill up, they are simpler, less prone to break and last longer.
        Tell me where it is hard to master compared to an ICE?!?
        The truth is that manufacturers killed the first generation of good EVs because they saw their long term profits shrink. period.

        The cartel provided us with hybrids to calm down the rage of frustrated early adopters and environmentally aware citizens.

        The best 3 had 88,90 and 105 (EPA 2015 normalized) miles 18 years ago! Masively produced, they would have sell like hot cakes at falling prices!
        The logical path was to pursue with the EV-2, EV-3 etc. We would have 800 miles BEVs right now and ubiquitous recharge stations… and we would look at hybrids as handicapped curiosities.

        Another sign of the cartel is that ONLY the Volt has a decent range among PHEVs… quite disturbing to see upcoming models with 15 miles AER after 6 years in a supposedly competing market.
        And also, why all the announcements about new BEVs as far as 2020 NEVER surpass the range of the 2013 Teslas ? Even GM announced that the Bolt would have more than 200 miles only AFTER Tesla had presented the Model 3…

        There is still NO real competition.

  2. proxymusanonimy says:

    My guess is these use the LFP chemistry……

  3. Speculawyer says:

    The 90s called and they want their car designs back.

    1. All-Purpose Guru says:

      What is it with you and so-called ancient history? Comparable vehicles from the 90’s were the Ford Escort, Dodge Aries, and the Buick Skylark. We have gone through *4* generations of Civic and Corolla since then.

      These new BYD vehicles look as modern as maybe the previous-generation Civic and Corolla. The designs of the front ends are certainly no more awkward than the new Prius or Corolla. I OWNED cars in the 90’s, these aren’t them.

  4. Priusmaniac says:

    In the Tesla Model 3 Something similar to the VtoL function would be a nice option for off site power. I wonder if they could have the AC charger operating in reverse to produce 22 KW ac output?

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Those cars looks good enough to be competitive in the US…

    Great for BYD and EV movement…

  6. PVH says:

    Again, am I here the only one amazed by how fugly the cars designed in China are ?

    1. ffbj says:

      This is such an excepted criticism that is commonly accepted that it has become
      de rigueur, not to bother mentioning it.

      1. ffbj says:

        I suspect I meant expected 5th word.

      2. All-Purpose Guru says:

        Spoken like someone who hasn’t seen a French car lately. Go look at a Citroën or Peugeot if you really want a fright.

        (I can say this, first of all it’s tongue-in-cheek, and secondly je suis Français.)

        1. PVH says:

          Bon, on dira qu’il y a des hauts et des bas…;-)