The BYD Tang SUV, launched on the Chinese car market last year June is the one of the most technologically advanced SUV’s on the market. The SUV is not available for purchase in the U.S.
In America, Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) is better known for counterfeit car designs, however Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway $230 million investment to buy a 10 percent stake in the company perhaps tell a deeper story of the automakers intent.
BYD markets its large hybrid SUV with the phrase ”542 Technology.” The five stands for acceleration under five seconds, the four stands for four wheel drive, and the two stands is for fuel consumption of just 2 liters per 100 kilometers.
The vehicle accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Porsche Cayenne needs 5.1 seconds. The base model Tesla S car model accelerates 0-60 in 5 seconds. the BYD Tang gets roughly 120 mpg when toggling between electric and gas.
The center dial even houses the built-in air purifier, developed to filter the killing PM2.5 (is the term for particles found in the air, including dust, dirt, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets) out of the dirty Chinese air. BYD claims that the system can bring the PM2.5 index down from 700 to 12 in only four minutes.
The Tang is not only BYD’s best-selling vehicle, it also tops China’s sales chart. By a sizable margin that is still rising. BYD is trying to bring this vehicle onto U.S. soil. If they do so, Tesla will finally have serious competition.
Last year’s new-energy vehicles sales in China totaled more than 330,000 and this year, BYD sales are poised to triple.