The electric revolution in the automotive landscape is real. Earlier, we reported how the boom of regional EV manufacturers in China can bring about significant disruptions in the global automotive landscape, and this year’s Shanghai Motor Show is nothing but substantial proof of the same.
Compared to the vehicles that were showcased last year, this year’s Shanghai Motor Show reflected a rather exponential upshift in the EV arena. And it was not surprising that the local manufacturers had a bigger share.
Hence, here is a list of some of the sleekest and most technologically advanced EVs on display this year.
1. Qiantu K50
Eyeing the US buyers, California-based Mullen Technologies and its Chinese partners Qiantu Motors unveiled the K50 electric sports car.
The power in K50 comes from a duo of electric motors, one for each axle. The car is said to output as high as 375hp with a torque of 580Nm. It lunges to triple-digit speeds in just 4.6 seconds with an electronically governed top speed of 200kph.
2. BAIC Arcfox GT
BAIC Arcfox GT
Chinese state-owned carmaker BAIC unveiled their top-of-the-line electric vehicle, the Arcfox-GT. The base street version of the car will deliver close to 1000hp and will achieve 100kph in just 2.9 seconds. The performance-oriented “Track Edition” GT turns the wick up to 1609hp.
3. Xpeng P7
EV startup XPeng announced its new P7 sedan. The car is expected to deliver around 600km of range on a full battery, though that estimate is also based on NEDC. XPeng says the P7 will be able to go from 0 to 100kph in under 4 seconds. It will be equipped with an advanced driver assistance system that the company calls XPilot, which uses Nvidia’s Drive Xavier, a chip built specifically for powering semi-autonomous and autonomous cars.
4. Great Wall ORA R1
Great Wall ORA R1
Focussing on urban users, Great Wall’s ORA sub-brand unveiled the R1 in December last year. The “Goddess” version of the car, pictured above, has a range of about 351 km. It has a 33kWh battery that the company claims to deliver 312km of range. The car also comes in “Intelligent” and “Sagacious” versions, which can vary in colour and range.
5. Nio ET Preview
Nio ET Preview
Unlike its performance loaded EP9 that requires a neck rest to keep the driver’s neck in place, the ET previews a subtle sedan that will take on the Tesla Model S.
While not much of the car in terms of specifications have been unveiled yet, it will use an NCM811 nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack and two permanent magnet motors (one on each axle) to give cars using the platform a range of up to 317 miles, using Europe’s NEDC test system.
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