The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AF­TER an­nounc­ing the planned clos­ing of deal­er­ships around the world, Gen­eral Mo­tors (GM) this week fol­lowed up with news of an elec­tric ve­hi­cle in China.

The SAIC-GM-Wul­ing ven­ture launched the Bao­jun E100, the brand’s first fully-elec­tric ve­hi­cle. Avail­able in two vari­ants, it is priced as low as RMB 35 800 (about R70 550) af­ter na­tional and lo­cal sub­si­dies.

More than 5 000 peo­ple have al­ready reg­is­tered for the first 200 ve­hi­cles, with sales ini­tially limited to Guangxi.

The E100 is pow­ered by a sin­gle motor that pro­duces 110 Nm of torque and 29 kW of mo­tor­ing power. It can travel up to 155 km on a sin­gle charge mak­ing it an ex­cel­lent choice for many ur­ban daily com­mutes in China.

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.

— Wheels Reporter.


The Bao­jun E100 is an elec­tric ve­hi­cle that sells for just over R70 000 in China.

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