BYD Qin Sales Almost Reach 15,000 In China In 2014

FEB 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 10



BYD Qin plug-in hybrid car, soon joined by Tang, was the best selling electric car in China last year.

A total of 14,747 were sold in China in 2014, according to EV Sales Blog, out of some 74,763 New Energy Vehicles (a big part of that total figure are small neighborhood EVs).

Compared to almost 19,000 Chevrolet Volts sold in the US, this is a significant result for Qin.

In December, sales of BYD Qin hit a record high 1,819.

Almost a constant rate of sales in the last couple of month seems like a production ceiling may have been hit. We will find out if this is true this year.

Even more interesting is that the older all-electric e6 surged to 1,128 sold in December, instead of the typical 200+! Total e6 sales stand at some 3,560.

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10 Comments on "BYD Qin Sales Almost Reach 15,000 In China In 2014"

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One small request- could you update this with some basic vehicle specs? Yeah, I could google, but when reporting on something like a plug in (or even the E6) with which most of us are largely unfamiliar, I’d be curious to see what the specs are. You compare it to the Volt in sales, but how does the AER compare? Thanks!

As a side comment, if China ever gets as serious about EV cars as it has with scooters, it will quickly become the king of EVs.

Most of us are largely unfamiliar??? You read a EV site. They have been reporting a lot on e6 and BYD Qin.

But for your interest, the e6 is a BEV with around 180 miles AER, 50k € (it is around 36k € in china, but with shipping and extra taxes for import to europe it gets to 50k €…) And the e6 is slow, i think 0-60mph in 12s?

The Qin is a PHEV, under 6s for 0-60mph, around 30miles AER.

43 miles AER

Uh oh. You used the term New Energy Vehicles. Lensman will not approve.

Not my fault if those who translate Chinese articles about EVs transliterate a Chinese term into “New Energy Vehicle”, rather than properly -translating- it into the English equivalent, which would be “Alternative Energy Vehicle”.

But your snark aside, Sven, the writer was careful to spell out both “New Energy Vehicle” and “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle”, avoiding any confusion over what “NEV” actually means. So you should thank him, Sven… since you’re clearly confused on the subject. 😉

Soon, China will be selling 2000+ vehicles per month. EV are the way forward for the future. If only I could buy a BYD vehicle in Australia.

In general, Chinese cars wouldn’t be street-legal in any first-world country; they won’t pass crash tests or a safety inspection. BYD was blocked in its attempt a few years ago to sell a car here in the U.S., both due to safety considerations and the fact that the car illegally used unlicensed patented technology.

I suspect they would have very similar problems in Australia or any other British Commonwealth nation.

Now, that’s not to say that this will always be the case. No doubt China will eventually produce a car for the American and/or European markets. But any Chinese company which manufactures for export has a stiff battle against their culture of “anything goes” in business… including hard-to-spot knockoffs and counterfeit electronic parts.

It’s a case of “caveat emptor” on steroids. That’s not to say it’s an insoluble problem; Apple clearly manages to get electronics made in China with consistently high quality. But in general, the problems with quality control, counterfeit parts, and wholesale ignoring of patents, are rampant in China.

The chinese are learning fast and are the best and most technologically advanced in many areas already.

In the Euro NCAP in 2013 the safest car with the best result of all models was a chinese car.

And not to forget that the same was said about Japanese and Korean cars not all that long ago.

It would be interesting to see the chinese trying to make cars for the US/European market and how a car like the BYD Qin would hold up in our crash tests.

Yes, but the Koreans didn’t take a BMW X5 or Land Rover Evoque and copy it. They started off with old vehicles legally built under licence and once they ‘got their eye in’, designed and built their own.
The Chinese, when faced with a patent or registered copyright, respond with, “solly, me no understand…” And then build their knockoffs right in front of you.
Can you imagine how JLR felt when showing off their latest Evoque in China to discover the Chinese copy at the same show?
I suspect the ripoff may have caught fire had I been there. Purely by accident I assure you…

Look at the rest of the results, BAIC saw a huge spike in rollouts of their pure electrics, as well as BYD’s e6.

This is all because of the subsidy updates, BAIC is essentially selling a Sino-Leaf with somewhat better acceleration and range. BYD will likely sell 20,000 Qins by the end of the year, and perhaps it will clear 20,000 Tangs as well.