BYD Reveals More Details on Qin Electric Hybrid Sedan
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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