BYD Tang To Launch In China On July 6

JUN 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 19

BYD Tang

BYD Tang

One month left until the BYD Tang launches in China on July 6.

This is probably the hottest plug-in hybrid premier in China and potentially could outpace Qin, which already is the nation’s best selling plug-in car.

Pricing starts at around 300,000 yuan (some $48,300) before incentives. Including incentives, price falls to roughly 220,000 yuan ($35,000).

At such a price, Tang offers AWD with 0-100km/ h (0-62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and system power of 505 hp. The Tang Ultimate Edition will be strong enough to do 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, but the price of that version will also be two-thirds higher.

Average fuel economy should be below 2 l/100 km nearly (equal to 147 mpg), according to BYD.

We are not sure about all-electric range with an 18 kWh battery pack, but BYD claims 50 miles / 80 km.


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19 Comments on "BYD Tang To Launch In China On July 6"

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Range is reasonable. This is a dann cool car, can’t wait for the first numbers coming in… 🙂

We need these here in US. But I guess, these will be banned in Jerry Brown’s state.

Isn’t Jerry Brown’s state home to BYD’s electric bus factory?

I question some of the specs too as Mark eluded to, but this definitely looks like a winner. Looks like the biggest impact for EVs in 2015 could be the year of the SUV EV. One more argument off the table.

I don’t get this, just about all other major auto markets are getting their PHEV SUVs except for the US which is arguably the largest SUV market in the world…

Why is that?

Finally, Volvo XC90 PHEV is coming but at an expensive price of $70K.

This thing would sell well in the US if BYD is willing to offer it. This is probably one of the best offering from a Chinese automaker in the US if Chinese wants a share of the US market…

Still no mention if byd is coming to Australia. :/

They are selling their home storage system so maybe the cars are next on the list of exports. It’ll be interesting to see what is included in the new trade agreement

“We are not sure about all-electric range with an 18 kWh battery pack, but BYD claims 50 miles / 80 km.”

50 miles, at 20 MPH… downhill… with a strong tail wind.

Okay, it’s not that exaggerated, but the 2013/2014 Volt has an EPA rated range of 38 miles with a 16.5 kWh battery pack, and it looks like the Tang is a larger (thus likely shorter range) car. OTOH, with the significantly lower safety standards in China, maybe it’s not actually a heavier car, so perhaps that will help some with the range.

I do not know about this specific car but one should be careful when categorizing all chinese cars as unsafe. It depends whether they want to export those or not. The cars they import here (Qoros), have a five stars Euro Ncap rating (best one can have). Things change pretty fast.

Thanks, PVH.

I figured it was inevitable that sooner or later, some Chinese automobile manufacturer would bite the bullet and make a car that would actually pass first-world safety standards. I didn’t realize that had already happened.

Have they started selling the car in any first-world country? The Wiki article for Qoros doesn’t indicate any foreign sales, but your comment about “imports” suggests otherwise. However, I have no idea what country you live in.

Actually it seems I was a bit quick to mention imports. Qoros did indeed pass the Euro Ncap test with best results with purpose sale cars in Europe but now I just read an article mentioning that those cars were not yet sold in Europe and doubting those sales will ever take place.

The Volt has just about 10kWh usable battery capacity. I don’t know if the Tangs 18kWh are the usable or total capacity. If it’s the usable amount, 50 miles at 55mph seem reasonable for an SUV.

I don’t really see the point about comparing so-called “useable” capacity vs. full capacity in a battery pack. The auto maker is going to use the DoD (Depth of Discharge) which is considered best. The rule of thumb for li-ion batteries is 80% DoD, altho from what LG Chem says about the new cells it’s putting in the so-called “200 mile” battery packs, they may be going a bit deeper. No auto maker is going to cycle 100% of the capacity of li-ion batteries; that would wear them out very quickly. To me, the important specs are how many kWh the battery pack has, and what the real-world range rating is. Taken together, this gives you the car’s efficiency, and in my opinion the DoD is merely one factor in the efficiency. In fact, I’d go further and say that emphasizing “useable” capacity is the wrong way to look at the situation, as that would suggest that a higher DoD is somehow “better”, but in fact it may be worse when considering the longevity of the battery pack. Arguably a shallower DoD is better, if you want the battery pack to last for the life of the car. All just… Read more »

Sory to tell you that your opinion is wrong. Usable kWh vs. Range gives you efficiency rating which is different from longivity due to DOD cycles.

“in my opinion the DoD is merely one factor in the efficiency.”

Noin energy efficiency which is what people use the term efficiency for…

Its probably possible. My 2012 LEAF only has 16.4kWh usable. I can still get 50-70 miles on it on a highway trip using about 14.5kWH of the pack.

Why is it priced at $48 K for just 80 km range. Is this a luxury model.

For an average Chinese this is way too expensive. Even the BYD e6 costs only $48 K.

If this vehicle is really seating 5 unlike the Volt which seat 4 or 4,5 and really has an 80 Km ev range, it could be interesting.