Published on September 24th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan22
BYD Bringing Plug-in Hybrid Electric Sports Car & 100% Electric Supercar To Market
September 24th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
BYD isn’t exactly known for beautiful, exciting electric vehicles. My impression of its electric cars has always been that it builds decent electric cars for a decent price. However, word on the EV street is that the company is looking to spice things up a bit with a plug-in hybrid electric sports car, the Tang hybrid (not the car pictured below).
China Car Times writes: “We have seen BYD’s next generation Qin Hybrid concept before, that particular system is fitted with a 1.5T and BYD’s electric motor and iron phosphate battery system, the result is a 0-100kph time of 5.9seconds and an expected 300bhp with fuel use of just 2L per 100km with the car hitting the market in the fourth quarter of this year. But the next in line is the most interesting. Following on with the Chinese dynasty name theme, BYD are set to introduce a ‘Tang’ hybrid vehicle which will make the Qin look obsolete when it launches in 2014. The Tang will use BYD’s aforementioned 2.0T and hybrid system to propel it from 0-100 in 4.9 seconds, this system is likely to launch on the BYD S7 SUV first as it was showcased at the North American Auto Show previously.”
Aside from the above, a 100% electric supercar referred to as E9 is also reportedly in the works. The E9 is supposed to do 0-100kp/h in 3.9 seconds (the Tesla Roadster does that in 3.7 seconds).
There has been some talk BYD would go all electric/hybrid. It doesn’t seem like it’s close to that yet, but it may have that target in mind.