A new Chinese EV: Does It Look Bizarre or Just Urban?

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:31

Well, Chinese designers seemingly took the aerodynamically effective idea to a new, higher level when designing this weird-looking EV. Dubbed the Baojun E100, it has been officially unveiled by SAIC-GM-Wulling, one of the GM-funded joint ventures. The first brand’s pure-electric project is already crazy popular: with beginning of pre-sales, more than 5,000 customers tried to opt for the first production vehicles. What a bad luck that was – only 200 cars were available.

Why such a bizarre-looking EV is so popular? China surely does like EVs. Into the bargain, buyers will get solid urban-driving benefits because of the E100’s compact size, not to mention this model is actually a mobile rolling hotspot, equipped with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Buyers really appreciate such an option for doing small business when driving. The E100 features an impressive 96 miles range, riding about 7.5 hours on a single charge. And by the way, what about capturing energy though a braking system? Put a ‘tick’.

Coming with a single electric motor, it delivers only 39hp along with 81 pound-feet of torque, with a top speed limited to 62mph. Parking sensors are included as a standard option, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and wait, would you like to know how much does it cost? Only $5,325.  I can see now why plenty of upwardly mobile Chinese young drivers who wanted to get their hands on the E100 entering the EV space. It looks like a real deal, especially when choosing for higher premium trims with impressive safety features in addition.

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