BYD Launching Two New Pure Electric Models In China
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:
“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.
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 Diandong.com, 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.”