Sunday, 20 September 2020

BYD Qin Plug-in Hybrid in Showroom in Costa Rica

The Qin in the BYD showroom in La Uruca, San José. Photo BYD Facebook page.

Not available in the U.S., or Canada, but is in Costa Rica, the Chinese plug-in hybrid car the BYD Qin, unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2013, went on sale last month in Costa Rical

The Qin is one of several BYCD vehicles, including more conventional gasoline cars, that the Chinese company offers in one of its first New World beachheads.

The BYD Costa Rica Facebook page has the photo above, dated November 7 and apparently taken in its San José showroom–along with quite a lot about the rest of the lineup and various complimentary comments from Costa Rican BYD owners.

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The Qin itself (pronounced “chin”) is based on BYD’s aging F3 compact sedan. Remarkably similar to a previous generation of Toyota Corolla, the F3 was China’s best-selling car in past years.

The Qin follows BYD’s first plug-in hybrid, the F3DM, but employs a new “Dual Mode II” hybrid system whose 10-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is said to give a 30-mile (50-km) range in pure electric mode.

Its 1.5-liter engine is turbocharged, and the total power of the combined system in hybrid mode–including the 110-kilowatt (148-horsepower) electric motor–is quoted at 300 hp (223 kW) and 325 lb-ft of torque.

At its Beijing launch, BYD said the Qin can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h).

After struggling to sell electric cars to Chinese buyers in its home market, BYD has decided not to sell its all-electric e6 to U.S. consumers, putting U.S. sales plans on hold indefinitely after missing a long series of deadlines.

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But BYD continues to expand its distribution network in Central and South America. While its profits come from gasoline cars, it is selectively deploying plug-in electric vehicles as well.

CNN reports that 50 BYD e6 electric taxis are being deployed in Bogota, the capital of Colombia.

The Colombian government recently abolished import duties on all-electric vehicles, a boost for BYD’s efforts to sell zero-emission vehicles in the country.

Last year, BYD won a contract to build 15 electric buses for the city of Long Beach, and soon afterward it signed an agreement with Los Angeles for up to 25 buses.

In October, the company’s U.S. arm was fined for failing to pay U.S. minimum wage to contractors it imported from China to work on the U.S. bus project.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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