Originally published on EV Obsession.
Haval has unveiled a new plug-in hybrid crossover concept that can reportedly travel more than 40 miles on a single charge without using any petrol.
The new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept, dubbed the HB-02, was revealed at the recent Beijing Auto Show in China. The concept is expected to go to production sometime in 2017, according to the company.
In order to achieve the 40-mile all-electric range, the concept features a 13 kilowatt-hour (kWh) rear-mounted battery pack. The model’s petrol engine is a turbocharged 1.5 liter gas engine — paired with a front-mounted electric motor. The concept does 0 to 62 mph in around 9 seconds. Total system torque is 332 lb-feet.
“In electric-only mode, the gasoline engine is deactivated and all driving is done using the 127 horsepower electric motor, which cranks out 205 lb-ft of torque. The 13 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in four hours using a standard home wall socket. Regenerative braking also harvests energy and sends it back to the battery during normal driving,” our sister site Gas2 notes.
“Fuel economy claims should always be taken with a grain of salt these days, but Haval says the HB-02 consumes just 2.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. That works out to 112 mpg. There are no plans to import the HB-02 to the US market at present, but China-only models do have an impact on how car companies look at the global market. BMW shoppers may not be all that impressed with the X5 xDrive 40e if they know there is a Chinese equivalent that has more than twice the available range.”
Though, how many German BMW buyers would actually choose to purchase a China-made car? So, perhaps it doesn’t matter that much. Worship of local car brands is practically a religious pursuit at this point in Germany. Right up there alongside sports/athlete worship.
How much a Chinese competitor to a BMW could actually compete in other markets, like the US, is up for debate.
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