BYD intros dual-mode electric Qin vehicle, Remote Driving key for outside-the-car operation
The New York Auto Show may be done and over with, but the 2012 Beijing International Auto Show is just hitting its stride. Predictably, BYD is attendance, and it’s got a couple of new gizmos out of the red carpet. For starters, there’s the Qin (pronounced “Chin,” not Kin), a dual-mode electric vehicle that includes seven percent better efficiency, power and energy-saving in pure EV mode compared to the first generation’s F3DM system. All told, the vehicle car scoot some 31 miles on a single 10KWh charge, and in hybrid mode, it can use both its 110KW electric motor and its 1.5 Turbo engine to output some 223KW of power and 440Nm of torque. For the technophiles, the car is also equipped with an intelligent cloud system platform, which incorporates things like “telematics, cloud-computing and a full-range of services 24 hours a day (like roadside assistance, vehicle positioning, remote monitoring, music and video downloads etc.).”
As if that weren’t enough, the outfit’s showcasing a new Remote Driving Controller for its F3 Plus, which enables owners to perform a variety of driving functions — moving it forward / back, turning left / right and traveling at a “restricted speed” — without having the owner inside of the vehicle. Naturally, we’re anxiously awaiting a test unit of our own. Or, for a wave of lawsuits — whichever comes first.
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