Beijing Auto to make the Electric (Saab) C71EV

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Beijing Auto will build around 3000 C71EV’s, the electric version of the C71 which is based on the old Saab 9-5. Beijing Auto will set up a network of chargers around the city in a joint venture with the Beijing government, which by la way is also the biggest shareholder of Beijing Auto.

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The project is essentially the same as an earlier project with an electric vehicle based on a Chrysler Sebring. When the Beijing Auto-Chrysler joint venture died the project was canceled. It is now back with a new car. The Sebrings were meant to be used as taxi’s only with a planned production of one thousand cars. The C71EV will likely see more different buyers.

Specs: Electric engine: 336V, 60-110kw, 130-300nm, 3500-5500rpm. Battery: 75Ah, 336-375V. Top speed: 160km/h. 0-100: 12.8sec. Range: 160km. Empty weight: 1790kg. Full loaded: 2165kg.

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