New BYD Tang Boasts 50-Mile Electric Range, 20 kWh Battery

JUL 7 2018 BY MARK KANE 82

From time to time we check to see how manufacturers advertise plug-in models, which in many cases are a rare sight.

Here is the video from BYD presenting the second-generation Tang by brand ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Tang plug-in hybrid SUV was once the best-selling plug-in model in the world with peak of more than 5,500 copies in a single month (December 2015).

BYD Tang

The new version potentially could attract thousands of consumers as the specs are indeed pretty strong:

  • seat seven (2+3+2)
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds in top version)
  • up to 80 km (50 miles) of all-electric range with 20 kWh battery or 100 km (62 miles) in top version with 24 kWh battery
  • 2.0 gasoline engine (150 kW/205 hp and 320 Nm) and two permanent magnet synchronous motors – 110 kW and 250 Nm in the front and 180 kW and 380 Nm in the rear axle
  • permanent all-wheel drive

According to BYD’s website, the top performance version will be able to do 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds and the all-electric range will be 20% higher (62 miles / 100 km) than the base version.

Deliveries of the new Tang began in June with a total of 1,005 units.

Well, we wonder if consumers in the U.S. are now jealous that they don’t have a plug-in hybrid SUV like this on the market.

Leonardo DiCaprio – BYD Tang

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82 Comments on "New BYD Tang Boasts 50-Mile Electric Range, 20 kWh Battery"

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Dave

Thats cool the screen rotates…. Portrait or landscape?

Miggy

Good looking arounder, hope that BYD will start exporting them soon.

Get Real

If GM had their crap together they would have introduced Voltec CUVs/SUVs years ago, sigh.

Leeper

I received a call from my local Chevy dealer asking about our equinox and wanted to know if we were ready to upgrade. I am said that I would buy one today if they had a plug in hybrid. There was a pause and I heard him ask another guy what I was talking about. When he came back on the phone he said well we have the volt. I said my wife loved the form factor of the equinox and I’m not buying again until a PHEV exists. He said, well we do have a diesel … 🤦‍♂️

Paul Stoller

I wish they would quit with the damn diesels those of us that have experienced EREV wont go back to gas/diesel. GM is so disappointing in this regard. I’m with you though. I’m in the market for an Equinox class vehicle but it will be EREV or BEV. No damn dirty diesel.

Viking79

ICE makers almost need new brands for their electrified vehicles. They would have new staff trained to deal with those vehicles. To do this they need at least 3 or 4 models to start, and then would have to build dealer network, which is expensive.

For instance, GM could make a new brand, say Voltec, and have them be all PHEV and BEV. Like Voltec pickup, CUV, sedan, hatch, etc. Even if PHEV phases out, you have the new dealers with electric experience up and running.

SteveSeattle

There is no need for a new brand.
All that is needed is commitment.
With commitment GM would design EVs, build EVs, train the dealers to sell EVs and train the dealers to service EVs.
China is dangerously close to surpassing Western manufacturers in product. If they then open factories in the USA you will see a huge change in the market.

David Green

Lets slow down a bit… Chinese manufacturers are creative, but they are not going to come here until they are successful in their home market. Have you driven a Chinese designed and manufactured car recently? As one who has, they still have a ways to go.

GM will build massive amounts of BEV’s when it makes financial sense to do so. right now it makes more sense to build trucks and SUV’s but GM has a huge battery development lab, and a lot of EV projects in development, when the battery cost hits the right ratio they will be ready… Until then we have the beautiful Bolt… She’s quite a looker… haha!

yo

Some Chinese built cars are already hear but they are called Buicks and Volvos…
And a Chinese auto brand will be here and in the EU very shortly called Lynk and Co which is owned by Geely who also owns Volvo…
Geely is currently the number 2 auto brand in China behind VW and is using Volvo tech in their brands…
A second Chinese auto brand may or may not come that is called Trumpchi in China and owned by GAC but they would change their name…
GAC has already been in talks with US auto dealerships but the potential trade war has most likely put this on hold…

David Green

My comment was “Have you driven a Chinese designed and manufactured car recently?”

Buick, and Volvo are not designed in China, and very few are imported from China to the USA….

antrik

There are many many Chinese companies that have *tried* entering “western” markets; but none have done so successfully thus far.

(Chinese-owned companies that actually design and build their cars outside China do not count.)

antrik

I don’t think a new brand really makes sense. Dedicated dealerships probably do, though. Renault is trying that right now…

Benz

This BYD Tang PHEV SUV really is a great SUV.

Does BYD have made any plans to sell their Plug-In vehicles anytime in the near future in the US and Europe?

David Green

BYD is just trying to gain market share in China for now, they may build plants in the USA eventually… but its a ways off…

yo

BYD was going to enter the US and EU pasanger car market 5 years or so ago and the last word I saw was around 2020 now but they will never come to the US with Trump in office…

But does sell their BEV buses and heavy trucks in the US which they manufacture here in CA…

http://en.byd.com/usa/auto/

Fool Cells

why won’t they come if Trump is in office?

yo

ummm…. potential tariffs and trade war…

Fool Cells

there should be high tariffs on Chinese cars being imported into the USA as China puts a high tariff on cars made in the USA which are imported into China. Before this Trump thing, China put a 25% tariff on all cars imported. Meanwhile cars built in China and imported to the USA only had a 2.5% tariff. How was that fair to US car makers?

Trump should simply put a reciprocal tariff on goods. They charge 25% so we charge 25%. If they make it 0%, we would be at 0%. Trump is not doing a good job explaining the unfair trade other countries use, and to also explain all the tariffs the US imposes on other imports.

yo

Yes it is not fair and I have no problem with Trump jacking up the tariffs on Chinese built cars to match what they charge us…

antrik

It’s not one-sided, though. The U.S. has had tariffs on Chinese PV for example for years.

Trump claims that the mere existence of a trade imbalance is somehow unfair, which is nonsense.

Windbourne

thats false. First O and now Trump have put tariffs on Chinese PV only after it was found that they were massively subsidizing and then dumping on western markets. That is why Europe put even stiffer tariffs on Chinese PVs.
Small trade imbalance is normal. MASSIVE trade imbalance is a sign of economic warfare.
More importantly, WTO allows a nation to put on tariffs when the trade is more than 10% different. IOW, we are totally legal to do this. The problem is that China is trying to claim that they are a 3rd world nation which is a joke.

antrik

The US has massively subsidised their car makers a couple of years ago… Most (all?) of them wouldn’t even exist today otherwise.

Windbourne

BYD does NOT manufacture buses or anything in the US. They assemble some buses here but that is all.

Benz

BYD will sell about 30,000 copies of the BYD Tang PHEV SUV in the second half of 2018.

The overall marketshare of Plug-In EV’s in China is increasing each year.

David Green

PHEV are popular in China… BEV are less so..

yo

Sorry but you are greatly mistaken…
Out of the top 20 selling Chinese plug-ins 16 are BEVS and 4 PHEVs…

https://ev-sales.blogspot.com/2018/06/china-may-2018.html?m=0

David Green

And last years sales volumes?

David Green

I see, I cannot find information to support my statement so I guess I was wrong… Thank you for pointing out my misunderstanding.

zjun

I think PHEVs are more popular for personal cars, generally. There are a lot of BEVs for taxi. So it is hard to identify the ratio. Beijing only subsidize BEV and grant priorities for BEV, so BEVs are more popular in Beijing, because BAIC can not produce PHEV……

Micke Larsson

BEV to PHEV ratio in Chinese car sales is something like 4:1, last time I checked it was almost exactly 80% BEV sales and 20% PHEV sales. So you are greatly mistaken.

David Green

Got it, it looks like I was wrong… sorry for that!

Windbourne

Yes, but just 2-3 years ago, it was the opposite. It is only because of massive Chinese subsidies for Chinese products that are BEVs, that it is happening.

antrik

PHEVs also get subsidies in China… Not quite as high as BEV — but that is reasonable.

Windbourne

several years ago, that was true. However, the Chinese subsidies are now for BEVs.

zjun

PHEV still can get subsidy right now, not as high as BEVs.

yo

The plug in market share in China should really take off next year when the Chinese mandates kick in…

Micke Larsson

It will help but it is going strong anyway. They are up to 5% in a single month and might hit 7% in December. Only Norway, Iceland and Sweden beating them even on percentage anymore.
And looking at BEVs only then they are third.

antrik

*If* they kick in next year… I wouldn’t be surprised if they cancel the 2019 mandate at the last minute, like they did with the 2018 one. I think the 2020 one might be the first one that will be realistically achievable for most car makers…

Benz

I think that I would be surprised if they would cancel the 2019 mandate.

They already have canceled the 2018 mandate.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is not going to allow that to happen again.

They really want to do something about the air pollution in China.

Windbourne

BEV will make things WORSE in China, not better. Why? Because 80% of their electricity comes from coal. More importantly, they run their wind, solar, and hydro already at 100%. IOW, there is NOTHING left for electricity expansion. So, as they switch to EVs, things will actually get worse because ALL of the electricity will come from their coal plants.

antrik

I Poland, 80% of electricity also comes form coal — yet a recent study found that it still saves CO2 to drive an EV even there.

I have no idea what “running wind and solar at 100%” is supposed to mean. China added 50 GWh of solar last year alone; and stopped a majority of coal plants planned. Like everywhere, things are only getting better on that front.

Also note that their major concern right now is reducing local air pollution in cities — so EVs are a win for them no matter where the electricity comes from…

dfes

Actually is less than 60% coal and almost 35% renewables right now.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_China
Dont forget that a coal power plant is way more efficient than an automobile engine and it blows up in the air the CO2 far away from populated areas while cars are just blowing out under our noses.
An electric car uses energy next to nothing while idling at a red light or in an infernal neverending chinese traffic jam while a guzzler keep burnig dinosaur piss all the time engine is running.
In some chinese cities there are charging stations partially powered by solar pannels. In the future a great percent of the electricity used by EVs will be solar or wind generated.

antrik

The good thing is that even if the mandate is postponed another year, the car makers know very well that it *will* come; so they are ramping up EV production as fast as they can. There are physical limits though to how fast that can happen; and so, 10% next year just doesn’t seem like something that can happen for most makers… (Apart from those few that started investing on a large scale earlier, before the mandates were announced.) 12% in two years on the other hand seems plausible at the current growth rates.

I think it’s kinda like the Musk method: even if the overly ambitious timeline can’t be met in the end, it still achieves the more fundamental goal of expediting things significantly, up to the limit of what is actually possible 🙂

David Green

Wow, 1005 deliveries the first Month? It took Tesla 5 months to get to 1000 Model 3…. Even BYD seems to have more manufacturing prowess then Tesla.

yo

BYD is a long established auto company that has about 10 different models and most have an ICE option and many no plug in option…

This is also a mid cycle design update of a product they already make…

BYD is also produces multiple products worldwide…
They are a leading battery manufacturer, electric bus and electric heavy trucks with production in the US among other places, mono rails manufacture, and solar panels and I don’t know what else…

David Green

I am an investor in BYD, and have visited their operations in Shenzhen… I am quite familiar with their entire operations and financials.

Windbourne

and their well known lack of quality?

Micke Larsson

The BYD Tang has been manufactured for years, this is just an upgrade. Also from a company that has produced half a million cars per year for over a decade.

Viking79

Dec was really the first month of sales for Model 3, where it also sold over 1000 units (previous months were employee sales not for resale until after main sales started).

John

Nice job working a mud-sling at Tesla in a completely non-Tesla related article. And it appears the information you used to do so isn’t even accurate. They sold 500k cars in a year way back in 2013, so I guess they ain’t quite as new as Tesla.

David Green

Actually, BYD bought 2 operating car manufacturers in 2003, and has slowly been converting the products to “new energy”. So they are slightly more experienced then Tesla. My point was really just that they have smoother operations, and meet their guidance.

John

Nice recovery. Still don’t see why you, Seven Electrics, and bro1999 always find some way to drag Tesla into the equation, and always pointing out a Tesla negative.

David Green

Tesla makes a lot of mistakes, and the arrogance of their CEO, and fans puts them front and center on the chopping block. I certainly do not want to attack Tesla or their fans, but come on… I have been called so many names on here, its crazy…

antrik

Musk doesn’t strike me as arrogant — rather, just overly confident in what is possible.

Either way, that doesn’t justify trolling on every possible occasion.

antrik

How long has BYD been ramping production before they started sales? That’s the tidbit commonly omitted when comparing Model 3 ramp to others…

Inst

The difference between BYD and Tesla is that Tesla started by converting EVs, then building their own EVs. BYD has had a more gradual evolution; it’s a battery maker that bought a car company, built (and is still building) gas guzzlers, then started building PHEVs and BEVs.

So BYD actually has no problem when it comes to production chops; the challenge is that their EV technology is about 1 generation old. Think of a slightly more aggressive version of GM that is committed to the EV revolution.

ModernMarvelFan

Based on the current exchange rate, without any tariff, it would be only $42K. It would sell well at that price.

But with 25% tariff and without $7500 incentives, it wouldn’t sell nearly as well.

Windbourne

A 50 MPC car in America that is not capable of passing DOT or IIHS ? It will not sell at any price.

antrik

The e6 supposedly was sold in small quantities to fleet operators… So I guess it must have met legal requirements?

Benz

The BAIC EC-Series compact EV is the best selling Plug-In EV model in China.

Does BYD have a new compact EV model in the pipeline that could potentially also sell in such high numbers in China in 2019? One that potentially could compete with Plug-In EV models like the BAIC EC-Series in China in 2019 for the title of the best selling Plug-In EV model?

Benz

Apparently there is a BYD Yuan EV360 in the pipeline.

And:

As the entire lineup is going to be refreshed, the all-electric cars will get improved range:

• BYD Song EV400 – 360 km (223 miles), or 400 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise
• BYD Qin EV450 – 400 km (248 miles), or 450 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise
• BYD e5 450 – 400 km (248 miles), or 450 km at 60 km/h constant-speed cruise

Not sure about the future sales potential of these Plug-In EV models in China in 2019 (and beyond), but BYD seems to be working on it.

silversod

€10000 YES please.

antrik

Keep in mind that Chinese makers generally advertise price including the relative high subsidies. The real price is surely much higher. (Though probably still pretty attractive compared to what the rest of the world gets…)

zjun

This price is already within subsidy. Without subsidy, it would be more expensive.

Benz

By the way, is there any Plug-In EV model in the pipeline (be it from a Chinese brand, or from a NON-Chinese brand) of which there could potentially be sold more than 100,000 copies in China in 2019?

David Green

NIO should be pretty close to that as they ramp up…

antrik

Isn’t it a bit early to predict sales for an entirely new brand?…

yo

The BAIC EC series is on track to sell over 100,000 BEVs this year…
It is not in the pipeline but currently in production and was the best selling plug in/BEV in the world in 2017…
It also depends on how the manufactures respond to Chinese Plugin sales mandates which start in 2019…

David Green

BAIC with their recent partnership with Magna will really become a force to be reckoned with in premium BEV’s. Magna knows what the heck they are doing.

yo

Absolutely… BAIC also announced that they will stop selling ICE machines by 2025 and their BEV producing subsidiary BJEV is jointly owned by Mercedes…

antrik

Having an EV joint venture with foreign brands doesn’t make them special among Chinese makers, though — many others have that 🙂 (BYD for example also has one with Mercedes.)

Pantarei

Apart from being disrespectful, I always thought Elon Musk publicly laughing when being asked about the BYD e6 was a mistake. Any sport coach will tell you not to needlessly motivate your competition, and even worse, a lot of the Chinese government EV policies seem almost custom made to benefit BYD. And despite his whole “acceleration of adoptation of EVs” spiel, his main obligation is to Tesla and its shareholders.

David Green

I feel like Elon is a BYD wanna be… BYD started shipping their semi in China, a couple months later Elon announces the Tesla Semi… BYD designed and built their own monorail tech, and built an operating prototype around their Shenzhen campus, Just a month after it was unveiled, Elon announced the tunneling dreams… If you look at the dates, I think its hardly coincidence that BYD seems to be just ahead of Elon’s announcements with real product… Its kind of funny actually, because the CEO of BYD is a quiet, and soft spoken lab rat… He would rather be in the lab developing future technologies that out making promises he will never fulfill. There is a reason Warren Buffet invested heavily in BYD and not Tesla.

Get Real

Just like their is a reason that you serial anti-Tesla troll so heavily here and at Electrek, you are a shill for the Chinese EV industry.

David Green

Can you dispute the dates, or assumptions I made with something besides insults? In full disclosure, my family and I have invested in Chinese companies… why not? value was low by all multiples, and the companies execute well.

Get Real

The difference is that I live in America.

David Green

As do I, born in Seattle… I am caucasian too if that matters, 46% UK descent 23% Irish, and a bunch of others that I would have to dig out my DNA to quote.

antrik

I think he was laughing at the idea that people would consider the e6 a serious competitor to Tesla in the US at the time… I agree that it wasn’t nice; but he was certainly proven right on that point.

Benz

In 2019 there will be a 10% quota for every car manufacturer who wants to sell cars in China.

VW has a substantial overall marketshare in China.

How is VW going to fulfill/comply with the 10% quota in China in 2019?

Is VW going to start production of the VW e-Golf in China as from Q1 2019?

Or are there any other Plug-In EV models that they are going to introduce to the Chinese market in China in 2019?

Mark.ca

Will US ever grow some balls and require 10%?
Doubtful…
This is the main reason they are now seeing a boatload of new ev and phev models. Customers there are beginning to have real choices.

Benz

@ Mark

“boatload of new ev and phev models”

How about a list of the Plug-In models that will start to be delivered in 2018?