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PHOTO CAPTION: BYD Qin electric hybrid concept.

BYD Reveals More Details on Qin Electric Hybrid Sedan

The Qin utilizes a 10kWh battery instead of the 16kWh unit in the FD3M predecessor, giving it an EV-mode range up to 50km (31 miles).

Published: 24-Apr-2012

Details are emerging about BYD upcoming model, “Qin.” Named after China’s first empire, the car is shaping up to be quite groundbreaking on a number of fronts.

The “Qin” plug-in, like its poor-selling cousin, the F3DM, uses BYD’s own LiFePo4 battery. The LiFePo4 battery has a high energy density, can withstand up to 4000 charges while still retaining 80% performance, and is environmentally benign as it uses no toxic heavy metals in its manufacture.

In the “Qin,” BYD opted for a smaller battery of 10kwh instead of the 16kwh model used on the F3dm. Due to its smaller size and improved design, the new battery is about 50% smaller and lighter than the one used on the F3dm. This reduced size also translates into reduced price, but does come at the expense of a slightly reduced all-electric range. The “Qin” is said to be able to go 50km (31 miles) in all electric mode before the engine kicks in.

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