BYD Announces Sales Launch of Qin Electric Hybrid in Latin America
Legend has it that a Chinese fleet arrived in North America in 1421, decades before the arrival of Columbus's tiny three-ship expedition. Whether they did or not continues to be hotly debates, but what isn't being debated is the current 'invasion' of the Americas by the descendants of Admiral Zheng.
While much world's attention is focused on the massive trade imbalance between the West and Asia, China in particular, in the form of all sorts of consumer goods from clothing to electronics, one company has been steadily chiseling a niche for itself in Central and South America, introducing its 12m electric buses on Aruba and its electric taxi's in Columbia, among the long list of demonstration projects in the region.
Now BYD is introducing its second generation electric hybrid, the Qin, into Costa Rica, with sales to commence immediately. The successor of the F6DM, the world's first production electric hybrid, the Qin - pronounced 'Cheen' and named in honor of the first emperor of China - is a designed-from-the-ground-up plug-in hybrid that 'packs a punch,' according to BYD's press announcement. Debuting the car at Costa Rica's leading automobile dealership in the capital of San Jose, it is powered by a 217kW drive system that can accelerate it from zero-to-100 km/hr (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds, while promising fuel consumption of just 1.6 liters per 100 km, the equivalent of 147 mpg under test drive conditions.
Details on pricing, warranty, amenities and other pertinent information have not yet been released, but BYD has advised that sales will begin immediately in Central and South America through the regions 'largest automobile distributors.'
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