BYD's Latest Plug-In Hybrid Qin
The BYD Qin Dual-Mode plug-in hybrid is BYD's follow-up vehicle to the F3DM.
Screenshot of Promo Video Showing BYD Qin Smoking the Competition
The F3DM was a flop, but the BYD Qin claims to be significantly improved and, on paper, appears to be light years ahead of the F3DM.
The Qin will officially launch in China later this month, but orders are claimed to already exceed 2,000 units.
Awhile back, BYD began promoting Qin with a pair of videos showing how its Dual-Mode plug-in hybrid fared against some of China's most popular vehicles. For the most part, Qin smoked the competition on the track. These videos apparently created quite the Qin buzz and got future buyers lined up.
According to BYD, Qin sprints from 6 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Its top speed is listed at 115 mph.
Here's our take on Qin from when we first covered it almost 8 months ago:
“Dual Mode II” improves upon the system featured in the F3DM in several ways and BYD is quick to point out the benefits. BYD says Qin boasts an electric-only rang of 31 miles, features a 10-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack, accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115 mph. Nearly all of these figures best the capabilities of the F3DM and BYD further says that Qin is some 3.3 seconds quicker from 0 to 62 mph than the Chevy Volt.”
“Qin relies on two 110-kW electric motors and a 1.5 liter turbo-charged direct-injected gasoline engine for motivation.”
BYD lists fuel consumption of Qin at 1.6 liters per 100 kilometers.
If all these specs hold up, then Qin might well be the plug-in hybrid to bet.
BYD says that Qin is priced at only 200,000 yuan ($32,800 US), which makes it even more attractive.
Let's hope the Qin far exceeds F3DM (~ 4,000 units sold in 5 years) in sales and that it becomes the vehicle that gets the Chinese on-board the EV revolution.
Perhaps if it's a success, then BYD will consider bringing Qin to the US. Would you buy one?
Here's one more look at those BYD Qin promo videos: