Chinese automaker SAIC has launched a new urban electric car Baojun E100 in collaboration with General Motors. Baojun is a mass-market car brand from General Motors’ SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in China. The E100 is a small two seater city car that costs just $5300 or about ₹3.4 lakh according to the latest conversion rate.
The two-seat car’s wheelbase is just 63 inches. That’s about 10 inches shorter than Daimler’s Smart ForTwo, a car that is already remarkable for its stubby proportions.
The E100 is powered by a single motor that produces 110 Nm of torque and 29 kW of motoring power. The vehicle can attain a top speed of 62 miles an hour (100 kmph) with its 39-horsepower electric motor. And, it has about 160 kms of electric range on a full charge which makes it more than adequate for any average urban run. The lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged in 7.5 hours. It is capable of capturing energy through a regenerative braking system.
The E100 has an independent front-wheel suspension and single-arm rear suspension. Its impressive list of safety features includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electric power steering, an electronic parking brake, parking sensors, ISOFIX locks for child safety seats and a pedestrian alert system.
It also comes packed with features like 7-inch screen with Wifi hotspot, LCD touchscreen instruments, and parking sensors. The electric vehicle is also available with a touchpad, air filter and keyless entry on the premium Zhixiang variant.
According to company press release, more than 5,000 people have already registered to buy the first 200 vehicles. Another 500 vehicles are being made available this week. Sales will initially be limited to the Guanxi region of southern China.
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