BYD 1,300-Mile PHEVs: Range Impresses, But Transparency Lags

Chinese automaker BYD has unveiled its latest generation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), boasting an impressive all-electric range exceeding 1,300 miles. While this achievement is significant for reducing dependence on fossil fuels, a closer look reveals some unanswered questions.


The new Qin L DM-i and Seal 06 DM-i models utilize a fifth-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain featuring a 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engine alongside two electric motors. This combination is claimed to deliver a best-in-class thermal efficiency of 46.6L/100km. While impressive on paper, the real-world fuel efficiency remains to be independently verified.

Further questions arise concerning the top speed of 284 km/h and a 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5 seconds. These figures seem incongruous with a focus on fuel efficiency and may prioritize performance over environmental benefits.

Limited transparency surrounds BYD’s claim of a 1,300+ mile range. It’s unclear how much of this distance relies on electric power versus gasoline. Specificity regarding battery capacity and electric-only range variations is lacking.

BYD’s new PHEVs showcase advancements in electric vehicle technology. However, a lack of clarity concerning real-world fuel efficiency, prioritization of performance over environmental benefits, and limited details on electric-only range raise concerns. Until these questions are addressed, the true environmental impact of these vehicles remains uncertain.

Reference- Ecoticias articles, BYD website, Inside EVs, Electrek, Clean Technica, The Verge