Chinese car manufacturer BYD is bringing in its electric vehicle range through Solar Transport and Automotive Resources (STAR) Corp. Leading the charge is the BYD Tang Hybrid Super Sport, a 7-seater plug-in electric hybrid executive SUV.
This SUV has two 150hp electric motors offering an 80-kilometer range in pure electric. This is supported by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that eliminates any range anxiety. When used together, the engines push out a total of 505hp.
The Tang also has a feature called V2L (Vehicle to Load), which allows you to use your vehicle’s battery as a power source when you are off the grid. During the launch, BYD displayed several applications of this, where they powered a popcorn machine and a coffee machine in a camping set-up.
The P3,288,000 BYD Tang is now available for orders at authorized BYD dealerships in two colors: Timo White and Chocolate Brown.
Later in the year, the Tang will be joined by the 5-seater BYD e5 electric sedan and the e6 electric MPV.
BYD also showed off its electric forklift. Also using a lithium iron phosphate battery, it’s designed to last 10 years (4,000 cycles), reducing operating cost by 50 percent compared to lead-acid battery electric forklifts, and a whopping 80 percent compared to diesel-powered ones.
Furthermore, BYD also announced their partnership with the local governments of Iloilo and Bataan for the development of their Skyrail system.