BYD Targets 1200-Mile PHEVs to End Range Anxiety

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BYD Targets 1200-Mile PHEVs to End Range Anxiety

BYD is set to revolutionize the plug-in hybrid market with its latest innovation, aiming to push its vehicles into what could be considered cross-country journey capabilities. Emerging from China, there’s buzz around BYD’s fifth-generation plug-in hybrid platform, which is poised to significantly extend driving ranges beyond 1,200 miles.

Insiders suggest these advancements are part of BYD’s ambitious plans over the coming three years, with the company’s leadership fully committed to this venture, as reported by Cnevpost.

The cutting-edge DM (dual-mode) plug-in hybrid system, which first made its appearance in 2008, has seen constant improvements. It comes in two flavors: the DM-i, which prioritizes efficiency, and the DM-p, which leans towards performance. It’s the efficiency-centric DM-i that’s expected to receive the major boost.

According to reports, this new tech could achieve fuel consumption as low as 0.7 gallons per 62.1 miles, a significant leap from the current Song Plus DM-i PHEV’s consumption of 1.3 gallons for the same distance. However, it’s worth noting these estimates might be based on the somewhat optimistic CLTC cycle, differing from the more stringent EPA standards in the U.S.

The current Song Plus DM-i model, built on the fourth-generation platform, features a 1.5-litre petrol engine delivering 110 horsepower, coupled with a 197 horsepower electric motor. This setup offers two battery options, leading to a combined range of up to 715 miles according to the CTLC.

Details about the battery capacity and fuel tank size for BYD’s fifth-generation system remain a bit of a mystery. However, achieving a range of 1200 miles would likely necessitate a substantial increase in either or both of these components. This leap forward sets BYD apart, especially when compared to competitors like the SAIC-GM-Wuling Xingguang and the Geely Galaxy L6, which offer ranges of 683 miles and 851 miles, respectively.

BYD isn’t stopping at hybrid technology, though. The company is also planning enhancements to its electric vehicle (EV) platforms. Both the updated DM system and the new EV platforms are anticipated to make a splash at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2024.

Current BYD BEVs are built on the 3.0 e-Platform, but the forthcoming models will transition to the 4.0 e-Platform. This next-gen platform promises more efficient use of interior space, a reduction in the number of components, and notable weight reductions, all of which could contribute to improved performance and efficiency across BYD’s lineup.

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