PHOTO CAPTION: BYD Qin plug-in electric hybrid reportedly has EV-mode range up to 44 miles (70 km).

100 BYD Qin Electric Hybrids Sold Within Two Seconds

Within moments of the plug-in hybrid going on sale online, 6,000 people registered to order the car and 4,155 tried to purchase the new model.

Published: 30-Jan-2014

BYD Auto’s Qin model PHEV has finally hit the Chinese market — the performance-based hybrid possesses a number of notable specs, and should generate some good sales for the noted EV manufacturer.

Among the model’s notable qualities, are: a rapid acceleration of from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds; a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph); and an overall fuel consumption of up to 1.6 L/100 km (147 mpgUS). The model can also travel up to 70 km (44 miles)using nothing but the electric battery — longer journeys can make use of the 1.5TID gasoline engine.

The demand for the vehicle is certainly there — according to BYD, the first 100 vehicles were sold within “two seconds (of being available) via its online site.” Previous to being made available over “95,000 people had visited the BYD e-shopping mall, 6,000 actually registered and 23,405 were online when the sale began. 4,155 of them tried to purchase the new model, according to BYD.”


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