When it comes to electric vehicles, the first model and manufacturer names that come to mind are always the same, and they are American, European or Japanese names. Instead try for a moment to forget about Tesla, BMW, VW or Renault, perhaps putting aside the fact that the former sells more electric cars than the other three manufacturers combined, and look East. Away from our factories, far from a ‘ Europe that holds the technological, productive and performance primacy for those endothermic engine cars that now seem destined to disappear, there is China with its immense production capacity. A giant that, as revealed by James Morris on the Forbes website, is now well on its way to becoming a leader in the development and production of EVs.
Chinese electric cars, photos
And which already boasts a series of absolutely noteworthy brands, many of which have already started to conquer the Old Continent, such as BYD: acronym for Build Your Dreams, the company stands out first of all because – according to the McKinsey Electric Vehicle Index – it produces 26 EVs every hour (and second only to Tesla , which produces 46), and also because it has a broad product portfolio including the Tang and Han electric models. The first is an SUV sold in Norway that goes from zero to 100 in 4.6 and has 500 kilometers of autonomy, while the second a midsize sedan that is selling well in China and that uses lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, less expensive than lithium-ion and cobalt-free. BYD already has a foot in Europe and the United States thanks to a joint venture with Daimler, with which it builds electric buses for use in Scandinavia and electric trucks used for garbage in California.
In terms of production capacity, BAIC comes next after BYD (18 electric cars per hour), which is mainly focused on the Chinese market, where present with the BJEV brand. In 2020 it was supposed to debut in Europe and the United States with two products under the Arcfox brand, the Arcfox ECF SUV and the Arcfox GT supercar, but the pandemic seems to have delayed these projects. Moving on, do you remember the historic British brand MG? Today it belongs to another Chinese giant, SAIC. This already uses it to market electric cars in the United Kingdom such as the MG ZS EV (a compact SUV) and the MG5 EV (an unusual € 23,000 electric station wagon), while in 2021 it is preparing to introduce new models including sports ( such as e-Motion). Volvo (with the beautiful XC40 Recharge), Polestar (whose second electric model has aroused positive reviews), Lotus and then again the Malaysian house Proton have something in common: they belong to the Chinese company Geely and together they testify how far the Chinese industry has come. in terms of design capacity and construction quality. Wuling, on the other hand, is the company that produces the best-selling battery-powered car in China: it is called HongGuang Mini EV and is small in all: from the price, equal to about 3500 euros, to the maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour. On the other hand, the range is good, reaching 200 kilometers and is more than enough for the city.
C.three other brands worthy of attention have been announced by Forbes: the small Aiways with its U5 SUV (204 hp, 400 kilometers of autonomy) of which 500 are already available for hire in Corsica. The Xpeng, which produces the P7 sedan and the G3 SUV (of which 100 are already present in Norway) and which is developing its own autonomous driving system called “Xavier”. And finally, the NIO: listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2018, known for the EP9 hypercar, but is preparing to market various models in Europe, including the ES6 SUV. It recently announced a new sedan, the ET7, which is expected to have a battery capacity of up to 150 kW and an incredible range of up to 1000 kilometers (NEDC cycle).
January 19, 2021 (change January 19, 2021 | 11:22)
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