BYD Qin Sales Top 50,000, Tang Exceed 30,000






At some point in April BYD reached a significant milestone – selling its 50,000th Qin plug-in hybrid (50,490 to be precise + a few hundred of a new all-electric version for the model itself).

As aptly notes, it took just 29 months (or 2 years and 5 months) to cross the 50,000 mark – a pace on par with the Chevrolet Volt (with Holden Volt, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera).

“The Volt was launched Dec. 2010 in the U.S., sold its 50,000th in the U.S. 34 months later in Oct. 2013, and it’s estimated that globally its 50,000th came around the 29th or 30th month.”

The BYD Qin is equipped with a 13 kWh battery, good for up to 44 miles (about 70 km) according to Chinese manufacturer…of course, we’d just go ahead and pencil in something like 35 miles/56km of real world/EPA range (if it was indeed classed in the US).

A big selling feature of the Qin is the performance.  The plug-in BYD accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.9 seconds. Fuel consumption stands at 1.6 liters per 100 kilometer.

The other milestone achieved by BYD in April was 30,000 Tang plug-in hybrid SUVs deliveries.

Even more impressively, the 30,741 Tang were sold in just 11 months, and the car is of course only available in China.  This makes the Tang the fastest selling model of any kind to the 30,000 level.

Earlier this month, BYD also crossed the 10,000 electric buses produced mark.  So things are definitely in motion for the Chinese company when it comes to EVs

Cumulated sales of other popular plug-ins are:

  • some 220,000 Nissan LEAFs
  • about 120,000 Tesla Model S
  • over 110,000 Chevrolet Volt (with Holden Volt, Opel/Vauxhall Ampera)
  • over 100,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • over 75,000 Toyota Prius PHV

Both the Renault ZOE and BMW i3 are approaching/or have just reached 50,000.


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12 responses to "BYD Qin Sales Top 50,000, Tang Exceed 30,000"
  1. wavelet says:

    Impressive all around…
    I suspect that given the size of their internal market (and IIUC, the Chinese gov’t is considering increasing incentives for EVs), this means they’re less likely now to export their EV cars anytime soon (unlike the buses).

    1. Samwise says:

      It’s similar to the Japanese scenario, they have enough trouble keeping up with domestic demand, followed by the high profit European market, which can hamper expansion into any other markets (Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for example).

      1. Joe says:

        High-profit European market?

        1) BYD cars are not available in Europe (outside of fleet lease agreements, and these are not especially many – I’ve certainly never seen a BYD car in Europe and I do get around plenty)

        2) European cars sold in Europe are among the tightest in terms of profit margins. This is because the only cars with bigger profit margins are the bigger luxury sedans and SUVs.
        However, contrary to popular (US) belief, Europeans cannot all afford to or do not want to buy Mercedes E class or Audi Q5 cars. And for much of European traffic these would be to big. Hence, the large majority of cars sold are in the B and C segments. And those have been quite a profit squeeze, although that seem to be getting better recently. Still, lower-cost cars from outside the German brands are still selling extremely well: Peugeot/Citroen, Renault, Toyota, Fiat, and recently Hyundai-Kia are gaining market shares, not least due to lower prices (outside of PHEVness, the main reason why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sells so well, IMHO).

        So, neither are BYD cars available in Europe (effectively) nor is Europe necessarily high-profit. It depends on what you’re selling. And I’d be interested in BYD’s offer here. Just unfortunate that it does not exist yet.

  2. SparkEV says:

    Qin 0-62 at 5.9 sec is even quicker than new Volt, probably quicker than Bolt, maybe even on par with Tesla 3. That’s pretty awesome. Little more on AER, drop the gas engine, sell in US, it could be even bigger hit.

  3. Benedictus says:

    The BYD Tang is a Hybrid SUV with sex appeal. It had some amazing 0 – 100 km times for an SUV. I can imagine why the Chinese luxury buyer would fall for that.

  4. Trollnonymous says:

    BYD seems to be killin it in the homeland.

  5. Mr. M says:

    Go on BYD, cool. 🙂

  6. James says:

    BYD’s rip off of the 2004-2009 Lexus RX body
    design has really gotten some long play! Now the “Tang” plug-in hybrid – derived from the S 7 SUV, which was derived from the 2010 S6. These SUV/Crossovers have been a sales hit for the largest-selling of the Chinese automakers.

    BYD sells over 500,000 autos in China each year, so unfortunately, while these 2 1/2 year, and 11 month sales records may sound impressive – put in perspective, they sound equally weak with respective sales of EVs and PHEVs in America in comparison to their ICE models of the same vehicle.

    China needs an oil crisis to get electrified vehicles off the schneid.

    1. ffbj says:

      Trying to bring intellectual property, design, trademark, suits in China is a joke.
      They are thieves plain and simple.

      1. Nathanael says:

        Deal with it. The US was famous for not respecting copyright, patent, trademark, etc. in the 19th century, and that’s when the US became fabulously wealthy.

        China’s just copying the US model, quite successfully. Maybe the US should try using the US model. 😛

        1. Samwise says:

          Even now the US still routinely ignores WTO rulings as well, yet they probably bring more cases to them than anyone else… It’s pretty much do as we say not as we do when it comes to US trade.

  7. Publius says:

    History repeats and there are lessons to be learned!

    The industrialists of early 1900’s America made their county, themselves and their investors wildly wealthy (think Ford, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc).

    So look around China for important visionary leaders growing innovative companies that benefit society, and invest alongside.

    I think BYD is one of those companies.