BYD reveals second generation plug-in hybrid, the Qin concept

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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.

qin02 b BYD reveals second generation plug in hybrid, the Qin concept

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.

qin03 b BYD reveals second generation plug in hybrid, the Qin concept

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.

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Trivia: For those unfamiliar with Chinese history, Qin (秦) was China’s first dynasty. It was founded in 221 BC when the emperor unified the warring states.

About the author  ⁄ Nathan Y

Nathan, also known as "Analyst" is a Chinese car enthusiast who has been following the development of the Chinese car industry since 2005.


  • qynn
    April 17, 2012

    the name of this concept has a strong sense of chinese history :)

  • 2o6
    April 17, 2012

    An ugly face on a cloned Corolla.

  • Head Honcho
    April 17, 2012

    The color and the Chinese character on the front makes me keep thinking Peugot when I look at it.

  • Greg
    April 18, 2012

    Terrible. It is a previous generation Honda Accord copy with a new front and rear end. Then to top it off they try to copy the new Toyota Camry grill.

  • Greg
    April 18, 2012

    Ahhh yes, I totally see it now. It is totally a cloned Corolla. Pathetic.

  • Anon
    April 19, 2012

    The horrible rear lights really ruin this. The design of the cabin also has no relationship to the front and rear. Disappointing.

  • dragin
    April 19, 2012

    And so Qin became Qina, just as Ma became Mama….

  • dragin
    April 19, 2012

    I don’t want the bill for replacing that exotic rear light…..
    Though it can’t be one piece, can it?

  • Anon
    April 19, 2012

    Good point :) It looks like the light on the boot might actually be a single mammoth piece.

  • joninchina
    April 19, 2012

    hey dragin, good to see you! My guess about the lights is that they are LED’s mounted from the inside – just replace single ones as needed. The outside APPEARS to be 3 pieces on the trunk – left, right and center…….but I could be wrong!

    My MAIN comment here concerns most of the other postings regarding the cloned look – while I agree that is has some strong similarities to the current Corolla, I have to give BYD a LITTLE BIT of credit for not making it a pure rip off like the F3 and F0 is. You could put a F3 next to a old Corolla and it’s hard to tell the difference between the two (trust me, I see it all the time with Shenzhen taxis, because the old Corolla and the F3 are popular choices for taxis – and when they are painted in the same taxi color scheme and next to each other……..flip a coin and just guess!), but with this new car there are definite differences compared to the current Corolla. I’m not saying it’s attractive, but it IS different.

    Really, I think people are missing another point here – the DRIVETRAIN. If BYD’s claims are true (the E6 seems to be holding up to most claims, so hopefully this will too), it is a BIG leap forward in hybrid efficiency – and with a price (including subsidies) BELOW the old F3DM. 85% of the electric range for a little over HALF of the kilowatts needed for the F3DM? 40% quicker from 0-100km/h? How about applying this technology to the F0? Smaller batteries, smaller engine, smaller car, smaller price – how about a plug in hybird that potentially could sell for around 100,000rmb (after subsidies)? I’m more interested in the TECHNOLOGY vs. the appearance – and I’m hoping their claims are true……it could be a big step forward in hybrid technology that is more effective AND more affordable.

  • Ash
    April 19, 2012

    I’d say the 1.5TID and the hybrid is the best system Ive seen so far, on paper at least. It blows away most regular sedans with twice the size of engine

  • Straydog
    April 26, 2012

    Looks okay to me. Maybe I just got used to the copied cars by now. But I am curious where people are supposed to recharge the battery. Are there any public stations out there? I don’t think that the average parking garage in the residential compounds has electric outlets for this. I see most cars near my home parked on the street.

    So unless there is a decent way of charging the EVs, how will they become popular here?

  • Arthur
    April 29, 2012

    A beautiful car by any standard.
    OMG! 10kWh needed for 50km! The rest of the brand like Japan. Korea, USA will soon be copying it. Look like another success story in the making.
    I want this car!

    August 6, 2012

    Iam more interested about the technology of the drive system. Why not use a small turbo disel[VW] to only turn the generator to charge the battery or supply the servo motor drives directly with energy. Each front wheel should be the motor, the hub the winding ad the rim the permanent magnets backed by disc brake. Pulse generators to supply the software to control the IGBT drives speed and regeneragion control. No gear boxes and drive shafts.

  • dragin
    August 6, 2012

    The unsprung weight of the individual motors can present a problem for handling and ride… but there are folks now working to overcome such problems.

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