BYD revealed the “Qin” concept, which will become the company’s 2nd generation plug-in hybrid. Their first plug-in hybrid, the F3DM was introduced in 2008 but didn’t have strong sales, like most green vehicles in China.
Like the F3DM, it will feature two modes of operation: hybrid mode (HEV) and pure electrical (EV). According to BYD, this car will vastly outperform its predecessor.
The F3DM needed 16 kWh of electricity to run 60km, while the Qin will run 50km for 10 kWh. The new battery weighs half of what it used to. And the Qin will also be quicker: 6.9 seconds 0-100 km/h versus the F3DM’s 10.5s.
There’s no word on when it’s going to hit the market, but BYD is shooting for a sale price of 200,000 yuan ($31,670 USD). However, subsidies for green vehicles ranging from 50,000 yuan to 80,000 yuan would become a lot more accessible.
Trivia: For those unfamiliar with Chinese history, Qin (ç§¦) was China’s first dynasty. It was founded in 221 BC when the emperor unified the warring states.