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BYD unveils Tang plug-in hybrid SUV and “542” strategy

BEIJING – The latest plug-in hybrid from BYD – the Tang, was unveiled on April 20 in Beijing at Auto China 2014.

In accordance with BYD’s new naming convention to name its new generation of plug-in hybrids under names of Chinese dynasties, the Tang is the first plug-in hybrid model available in China in the form of an SUV based on BYD’s S6 and follows the Qin plug-in hybrid, which was launched in December 2013.

The Tang is the first model to conform to BYD’s “542” strategy announced at the show specifically for its future new energy vehicles, which will strive to achieve performance specs of 0-100 km/h acceleration time of under 5 seconds, electronic 4-wheel drive and fuel consumption of under 2 liters per 100 kilometers.

The Tang itself is equipped with BYD’s own 2.0T engine, 6-speed DT45 automatic transmission, as well as 110 kW front- and rear-wheel electric motors. The tri-motor configuration provides it with 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 4.9 seconds and fuel consumption of only 1.8L/100 km.

“The future of China’s auto industry depends on the development of new energy vehicles and BYD is going to use green technologies to create a better world,” said Wang Chuanfu, chairman and president of BYD, at the press conference unveiling the Tang.

Wang also revealed that the Han and Ming plug-in hybrids will debut in Shanghai in 2015 and Beijing in 2016 respectively. The models will further improve on the zippiness metric, while keeping fuel consumption to a minimum.

The Ming in particular, according to Wang, will have a 6-motor configuration including four independent electric motors in each of the four wheels, which give the vehicle a turning radius of zero since it can turn on its own statically.

BYD also debuted the S7 large SUV, Qin EV, M3DM small plug-in hybrid MPV and the new G5 mid-size car. The G5 is the first model offered by BYD with car and table interaction capabilities.

The company’s e6 electric taxis in Shenzhen, totaling 850, had operated over 160 million km by the end of March, helping to cut emissions by 30,000 tons, or equivalent to the amount of CO2 absorbed by 1.6 million trees a year, according to Wang.

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