BYD, at the Beijing Auto Show, announced its “5-4-2” initiative, which sounds to us like an announcement linked to more PHEVs and EVs in the future.

"BYD started by reinforcing it’s “Green Mobility” strategic vision; announcing programs both inside and outside of the vehicle for upgrading energy-saving and non-polluting technologies. Though misunderstood by many at the 2013 Auto Show, BYD’s conventional car line-up is not being phased out. The BYD Green Mobility evolution applies to the conventional car and new-energy autos equally. BYD stated that “Green Mobility” harmonizes the major issues that China is experiencing for growing demand for affordable and practical vehicle designs and eliminates the need for purchase restrictions of polluting vehicles."

“5-4-2” is a performance standard, in which 5 represents the maximum of 5 seconds in acceleration from 0 to 100km/h (0-62 mph). 4 is for number of wheels under power and 2 stands for number of liters of gasoline maximum that shall be consumed for 100 km traveled in a BYD car.

The first car that meet “5-4-2” is all-new Tang, all-wheel-drive plug-in SUV.

"This is a revolutionary breakthrough when considering that the first vehicle BYD launched to achieve this at the show was an SUV class where even the most luxurious SUV’s achieve barely 5L / 100 km. In the future, all BYD cars will be able to reach these “three new industry benchmarks”. The first 5-4-2 vehicle was also released at the show, the Tang, (pronounced “Tah-ng”), is a sport utility vehicle that can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in only 4.9 seconds, has a 2.0L Turbo-charged engine paired with two electric motors and consumes less than 2L of fuel in 100 km traveled."

BYD Qin is selling in high volumes in China, but for now its seems to be outside of “5-4-2”. According to BYD, sales in just two Chinese city markets (Tianjin and Shanghai) makes Qin the top selling New Energy Car in China with sales of just under 2,000 units per month now (3,000 sales achieved in the first 3 months of 2014).

BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu announced that when the Tang launches in Beijing this year, there will be a race with other cars.

"If any challenger of any standard-stock luxury class Car beats Tang, BYD will provide a reward of 10,000 RMB per challenger. Tang has two modes for 4WD and four driving modes. In EV mode, it applies “All-time” 4WD with zero fuel consumption. In HEV mode, it applies “Real-time” 4WD and consumes less than 2 L for 100 km traveled."

For 2016, scheduled for BYD is the reveal of a super-hybrid, the “Ming”, which will be powered by four in-wheel motors with torque-vectoring. BYD has some experience in this area, as all BYD electric buses have in-wheel motors.

Chariman Wang stated:

“This is not just a dream. In the electronic era, we can do things we couldn’t do in the mechanical eras.”

But first, in 2015, we will see the Han, which just like Ming will meet the “5-4-2” standard.

Interesting times these are for BYD.