The Chinese firm SAIC-GM-Wuling recently launched its first all-electric vehicle, the Baojun E100. Variants of this new offering reportedly sell for as low as RMB 35,800 ($5,367 at current conversion rates) after national and regional incentives are factored in.
Earlier limited pre-sales of the Baojun E100 actually began all the way back early July, when a total of more than 5,000 people reportedly registered, vying for the first 200 available vehicles. Sales were initially limited to Guangxi.
The press release provides more: “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.
“With a wheelbase of 1,600 mm and height of 1,670 mm, the compact E100 seats up to two adults comfortably. Its turning radius of 3.7 meters enables it to get in and out of tight spaces conveniently. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 100 km/h, allowing it to travel on local roads and urban expressways.
“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.
“Its 7-inch screen and Wi-Fi enable E100 users to enjoy infotainment and remain connected while on the road. The electric vehicle is also available with a touchpad, air filter and keyless entry on the premium Zhixiang variant.”
So, as you can tell, the model isn’t for everybody, but it still sounds like a fairly interesting deal when the relatively low price is taken into account, despite the limitations.
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