China’s National Passenger Car Association has named BYD’s QIN plug-in hybrid sedan (pronounced “cheen”) the country’s best-selling electric vehicle. Since its launch in China in December, the BYD QIN has sold more than 6,000 vehicles, which represents over half of the Chinese new-energy vehicle market.
Chinese buyers of plug-ins and other “new energy” vehicles receive a range of goodies from both the central and local governments. Authorities in Shanghai and Beijing recently announced that BYD’s plug-ins will qualify for a range of local incentives.
“The news that QIN is a top selling vehicle should come as no surprise as there is simply no other vehicle this fast, efficient, stylish and affordable on the market, anywhere,” said BYD Senior Vice President Stella Li.
The QIN consumes 1.6 liters of gas per 100 kilometers, and accelerates 0-100 km/h (60 mph) in 5.9 seconds. According to the company, it is also available in Latin American markets. BYD also plans to release an electric version of the Tang SUV later this year.