BYD Qin EV300 'kills' Tesla Model 3

BYD Qin EV300 has 300 kilometers(186 miles) of EV range,a top speed of 150km/h (94mph) and o-to-62mph time(100km/h) of 7,9 seconds.

4/22/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1

While most of the people in Europe and the United States still discuss nitty-gritty details about Tesla Model 3, China lives its own life – ok, Tesla Model 3 made a huge success in there too, but let’s be real – for most of the people it is no can do it: with tax incentives included vehicle will cost around $100,000!

Way to pricey, isn’t it?

Of course, it is.

Luckily, in China you can buy the same for half-price (or even less).

Meet, BYD Qin EV300 – Tesla’s worst nightmare.

The EV300 name stands for its range of 300 kilometers.

The vehicle costs only 23 thousand US dollars and has exactly the same specs --or even better that Model 3.

Specs

For starters, let’s say that vehicle can run 186 miles (300 kilometers) on a single charge, accelerate up to

94 miles per hour (150km/h) and…the vehicle needs only 7,9 seconds to reach 62 mph(100km/h) mark on speedometer .

Not bad at all, huh?

But, where does all the juice come from?

Under the hood

All the energy comes from a single electric motor on the front axle that is mated to a 48kWh battery. Output is 218hp and 310nm.

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The Qin EV300 is the fully-electric variant of the BYD Qin hybrid

Interior

The interior is busy to the eye, but a tech fest as usual.

A completely digital instrument panel with a power-reserve meter is located on the left.

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Power button to switch on the motor, a sensually shaped gear lever, an electronic parking brake, and the button to switch is between the eco, normal, and sport modes.

The main screen is 12.7 inches, which isn’t that much for 2016. It is on radio here.

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The stereo system is equipped with ‘DTS Digital Surround’, a system that was hip for home stereo’s in the early 2000’s. 

Exterior

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The front of the vehicle is sleek and minimalist -- almost all sedans have kind of the same look.

Rear end is the same as on the regular Qin, but without the exhaust pipe, and with an EV badge with some green.

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The characters read ‘dian dong che’, electric car.

A lot of space

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BYD has announced that in the EV300 the batteries are placed lower in the chassis than in the Qin hybrid, using up space that was used for the complex hybrid powertrain.

This means that luggage space grows 150 liter to a grand total of 450. The poor hybrid got to do with 300. The above photo shows a big suitcase in an endless sea of space, so we tend to believe BYD on this one.

Price

Price including all clean-energy subsidies starts at 150.800 yuan($23,263) and ends at 200.800 yuan ($30,977).

 The total subsidy for the Qin EV300 is 109.000 yuan or $16.844.

Verdict

BYD has managed to create a real Tesla-killer.

Due to cheap batteries and workforce the company has created a vehicle that is, at least, not worse that Model 3.

It has unbelievable specs, cozy interior and exterior and, most importantly, you don’t have to wait for a year to buy it –in China it’s available to order.

Of course, it’s not perfect and there aren’t such amenities like autonomous driving and panoramic sunroof, but let’s be fair and square – for the following price you simply won’t be able to buy anything better.

Hence, I totally recommend BYD Qin EV300.

 

Remark: the car is officially sold only in China.

When the EV300 will make its way to Europe and the US remains unknown.

Stay tuned with us for this sort of information.

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