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BYD Qin (Not 'Chin') Plug-In Hybrid Details: Beijing Auto Show

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BYD Qin plug-in hybrid sedan, unveiled at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, April 2012

BYD Qin plug-in hybrid sedan, unveiled at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, April 2012

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It's always interesting when companies change things between press releases.

In this case, the vehicle we described on Friday as the BYD Chin (based on BYD's own press release)--an updated version of the world's first plug-in hybrid, the BYD F3DM--now turns out to be called the BYD Qin.

Which, as the most recent release helpfully explains, is pronounced "Chin." And there you have it.

BYD has provided a few more technical details of the Qin plug-in hybrid sedan that it unveiled at this week's Beijing Auto Show.

The Qin is still based on BYD's F3 compact four-door sedan, which was China's single best-selling model at one point. The car's shape is remarkably reminiscent of a previous-generation Toyota Corolla.

The company says the Qin uses a new "Dual Mode II" plug-in hybrid system, with improvements over the first-generation system used on the previous F3DM.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is turbocharged, and total output of the combined system in hybrid mode--including the 110-kilowatt (148-horsepower) electric motor--is a substantial 300 hp (223 kW) and a remarkable 325 pound-feet (440 Newton-meters) of torque.

The system is said to be 7-percent more efficient, and its 10-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack provides a 30-mile (50-km) range in pure electric mode.

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byd auto f3dm plug in hybrid 08

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BYD says the Qin will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h), though it doesn't specify which mode is used to provide this performance.

Other innovations include what BYD terms an "intelligent cloud system platform" that incorporates telematics, cloud computing, and full 24-hour coverage for roadside assistance, remote vehicle monitoring, vehicle positioning, and various infotainment services including music and video downloads.

Despite the technical advances BYD is promoting, the updated Qin plug-in hybrid is not likely to make it to the United States.

Instead, the company is focusing its efforts on the BYD e6, an all-electric five-seat crossover now being tested by the Los Angeles Housing Authority and, soon, by Hertz as an electric rental car.

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Comments (4)
  1. Funny, I have a neighbor whose last name is Qin and pronounced "chin" so that one I would have known.

    But it makes me wonder, why when they are anglicizing names for English speakers don't they use phonics. Clearly "Chin" is clearer. Also, for spelling purposes, we put a "u" after a "q" so there is another trip point.
     
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  2. Yawn...as their models clearly show BYD relies mainly on the photocopier for ideas (Chin? How about "Cheek"? That is what BYD is all about after all... ), so I don't see them become the leading EV producer they have pretended to be for so long anytime soon.
     
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  3. BYD Chin...

    http://www.byd-auto.net/press.php?index=0
     
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  4. Oh, come on BYD, give us a chance at the Qin here in the U.S. I no longer want the e6 I want one of the Qin's!
     
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