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Published on June 3rd, 2015 | by James Ayre


BYD Tang Plug-In SUV Arriving In July

June 3rd, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Chinese electric automaker BYD is now gearing up for the release of its plug-in hybrid electric SUV, the Tang, according to recent reports.

To be specific, reports are that sales in the company’s home market will begin in July — giving buyers there the option of picking up a rather impressive 505 horsepower plug-in SUV with 530 lb-feet of torque.

BYD Tang

Amongst the Tang plug-in hybrid SUV’s other qualities, are: an acceleration of 0–60 miles per hour in fewer than 5 seconds; 4-wheel drive; and a fuel economy of less than 2 liters per every 100 kilometers. With all of these impressive specs, though, comes a starting price of $46,360 — so it’s certainly not an SUV for the masses.

Our sister site Gas2 provides a bit more information:

While the $48,000 price tag is pretty hefty, incentives could bring the cost down to about $35,000. Even in America, the federal tax rebate would bring the cost to just over $40,000, not that far out of line for your typical well-appointed SUV. The interior looks plush and techie enough without being overwhelming, the Tang’s exterior aesthetics would like right at home on America’s roads, and it’ll have plenty of passing power to play with.

Also worth noting here is that BYD is apparently planning to release an “Ultimate Edition” of the Tang that will feature an acceleration of 0–60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. While that is quite impressive (and I’m sure fun to speed around in), it isn’t quite in the same league as the Tesla P85D — if one is talking about electric vehicles (or PHEVs) that possess particularly impressive specs. It gets to 60 mph in about 3.1 or 3.2 seconds.

Image Credit: BYD

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • The only reason I read this article was to learn the battery-only driving range. It’s not included in the article. I consider it the most important datum in any EV article, and should be mandatory info in all EV articles. Who cares how fast it goes? I don’t.

    • Curly

      Hybrid = boring. We want electric.

      • Hi Curly, Generally, I agree. I have no problem with interim vehicles for folks who are transitioning to EV for a few years. What I like to see in these vehicles is the range increase in the battery miles range in the next year’s model.
        My next car will be an EV though, not a hybrid.

    • 50 miles

  • Marion Meads

    The big market for the $40K+ vehicles are the 5 million individuals who are millenial millionaires and they are being sought after by Tesla. It is a huge market that want to show off, while being labeled pro-environment, and Tesla fits the bill. I am sure they’re not going to bite this thing from China. They are targeting us folks who will never afford a Tesla.

  • dj160

    Ok. Who needs to go from 0-60 in 4 seconds anyway. It’s a dump standard I keep hearing quoted as if it is important. The real novel feature of the Tang is its built in air purification system. This will be huge in China where the air quality is a big consideration. I hope BYD comes stateside soon.

    • Michael G

      I’m with you on the 0-60 business but as this site as demonstrated there are many otherwise intelligent guys who really go for that stuff.

      Proving that “little girls grow up, little boys get taller.”

  • vensonata

    the only comparison is Mitsubishi phev suv. It will arrive in 2016 at about $43,000. Finally. I would have thought an phev suv would have been the first most logical vehicle for fuel savings, but no, we have to wait for years for the obvious to appear. Why has Mitsubishi been available in Europe for three years and not in North America?

    • Larmion

      The initial plan was to launch the Outlander PHEV in the US only a few months behind its European launch.

      That was foiled by California, which for some reason requires all PEVs to have a battery monitoring unit. Designing a compliant one took longer than expected, no idea why.

      It’s really rather absurd. Californian EV’s must warn the driver of faster-than-expected degradation of the battery. Not just through the diagnostics taken at maintenance as is the case in Europe and Japan, but during actual usage. Given the remarkably slow rates of battery degradation EVs have experienced in the real world, that seems a needless onus.

  • Marion Meads

    Hmmm, this is truly serious. A real plug-in SUV that has the freedom to go anywhere especially remote places without electricity for less than half the price of Tesla Model X. I hope it can be used off-road like real SUV’s. So what’s the EV mile range?

    • EV range is around 50 miles. Spartly Islands belongs to China. Why you call it aggressive?

    • Reni

      I am driving a BYD Tang about three months and it is really a dream to drive it. Very responsive and powerful. The built quality is amazing and I have so many functions inside, that other manufactures would ask for a lot of extra money. am driving daily to work and back about 80 km. Half of the way in traffic jam. The real EV range varies between 55 and 65 km. Once the battery is only 15% full the gasoline engine starts automatically. The gasoline engine needs quite a lot of gasoline. Overall it is about 10L/100 km. Anyway my total average from the beginning including some long distance drive is now about 3.2 l/100 km. However dayly I am below 2L/100 km.
      If you drive aggressively or with air condition, the EV range drops dramatically.

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