NEWS SPE­CIAL

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We take a look at the lat­est news from the elec­tric com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle sec­tor.

CHI­NESE SUV SPE­CIAL­IST HAVAL TOOK THE WRAPS off a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of its first plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cle at the Guangzhou Mo­tor Show in China.

The P8 SUV – launched un­der the com­pany’s Wey lux­ury brand (named af­ter Haval owner, Jack Wey) – goes on sale in China in the first quar­ter of 2018.

Shown in pro­to­type form at the 2017 Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in Ger­many, the P8 has a PHEV pow­er­train cou­pling a 2.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine with elec­tric mo­tors on each axle.

The com­bined power out­put of 250kw of max­i­mum power and 520Nm of peak torque, drives all four wheels through a six-speed dual clutch trans­mis­sion.

Haval says the P8 can hit 100km/h in 6.5 sec­onds, and can re­turn fuel con­sump­tion of 2.3 litres/100km.

The home charger can fully charge the ve­hi­cle in four hours. Haval says the max­i­mum range is 660 kilo­me­tres.

Safety kit in­cludes au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane keep as­sist, lane change as­sist, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert, a 360-de­gree cam­era and a stream­ing rear-view mir­ror.

Com­pany chair­man Jack Wey says the P8 is a mile­stone in his jour­ney to put lux­ury ve­hi­cles within reach of all con­sumers.

And he says Haval is well on the way to be­com­ing a leader in au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles. “Our XEV con­cept we showed at Frank­furt Mo­tor Show has al­ready reached an L3 level of au­to­ma­tion and we are on tar­get to reach L4 in the next two years.”

L3 ve­hi­cles al­low drivers safely to turn their at­ten­tion away from driv­ing, with the ve­hi­cle ca­pa­ble of emer­gency brak­ing and other tasks. But it still re­quires the driver to un­der­take du­ties/in­puts if re­quested.

L4 doesn’t re­quire a hu­man for any driv­ing ac­tions, with the car able to re­spond to any sit­u­a­tion and guide it­self to its des­ti­na­tion.

Above: Haval’s new PHEV – mar­keted un­der the com­pany’s Wey lux­ury la­bel – has bold ‘face’ typ­i­cal of Chi­nese ve­hi­cles. Be­low: Side pro­file uses cur­rently in-vogue coupe style and has ath­letic lines.

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