GWM R1 and iQ

Along with Haval, GWM EV will be the sec­ond brand launched by GWM in In­dia, this fo­cussed on electrics

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GWM ALSO SHOW­CASED ITS ELEC­TRIC car ca­pa­bil­ity at the Auto Expo with the R1 and iQ EVs which it brought un­der its ORA (Open, Re­li­able, Al­ter­na­tive) EV sub-brand. The R1 is built on the ME plat­form, the first exclusive plat­form for elec­tric ve­hi­cles in China. Vis­ually, it fol­lows the ur­ban ne­o­retro look, akin to the Honda-e while the iQ is po­si­tioned as a new gen­er­a­tion pure elec­tric compact sedan.

Un­der the hood, the R1 has a 33kWh bat­tery mak­ing 46bhp and 125Nm, and is ca­pa­ble of a top speed of 100kmph, lim­ited in the in­ter­ests of range, which is its trump card, as GWM claims the R1 can do 351km on a sin­gle charge. On the in­side, the R1 gets a 9-inch touch­screen with a user in­ter­ac­tive in­ter­face, six airbags, ABS, re­verse cam­era with park­ing sen­sors, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, and hill start as­sist.

The iQ sedan on the other hand is equipped with a ternary lithium-ion bat­tery and an elec­tric mo­tor, with an out­put of 59bhp and a 150kmph top speed. GWM says the iQ’s range is about 401km per charge. Key­less en­try, leather­wrapped steer­ing wheel with in­fo­tain­ment con­trols, cruise con­trol, re­verse park­ing cam­era, and plenty of util­i­ties like gen­er­ous door pock­ets and stor­age spa­ces were seen on the iQ on dis­play.

“First we will in­tro­duce the Haval brand, es­tab­lish that, then maybe af­ter nine to twelve months we will bring the GWM EV brand,” said Kaushik Gan­guly, direc­tor of strat­egy and plan­ning at Great Wall Mo­tors. So, even though GWM isn’t rush­ing with their EV plans, they have com­mit­ted to launch elec­tric cars in In­dia along with in­vest­ing in the en­tire eco-sys­tem in­clud­ing bat­tery tech­nol­ogy.


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