This is the new FAW Oley EV, an electric car from China based on the FAW Oley hatchback. ‘Oley’ is a sub-brand under First Auto Works (FAW), one of China’s largest automakers. Factory price for the Oley EV will start at 219.900 yuan ($35.137). Price after green-car subsidies by central and local governments will end up around 129.000 yuan, making the Oley EV a direct competitor of the recently launched Beijing Auto Senova EV200.
Blue decals, because blue = green.
The Oley EV will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second quarter. It is powered by an electric motor with an output of 47hp mated to a 21.1 kw/h lithium-ion battery pack. Range is 150 kilometer and top speed is 140 kilometer per hour. Acceleration, as claimed by FAW, is 6.8 seconds for 0 to 50 (fifty) kilometers per hour and 4 seconds for 50 to 80. Curb weight is 1250 kilo. Charging takes 48 minutes for 80% battery on a fast charger.
Interior looks the same as the petrol version bar for the blue stuff (blue = green). And check that drivera seat! It looks very worn, like this car was test-driven around the world a zillion times. Or maybe they just used an oldie to dress up electric for the show. They didn’t open the bonnet and that is always a bit suspicious in my eyes…
More blue on the roof, ending up in the window wing.
My way or the Blue Way; this is the Oley EV.
The petrol-powered Oley hatchback for comparison. Price starts at 66.800 yuan and ends at 81.800 yuan. Lone engine is a 1.5 liter four-cylinder with 100hp and 135nm, mated to a five-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
Here we are again : an uninspired EV with low performance and ridicolus range. Looks that still most of the chinese automaker are not ashame to introduce in the market crappy EV just to complace the government and without any consideration of the consumers needs.
Frankly speaking i was expecting something better from a giant company like FAW. Relatively small company like Yema will debut soon an EV with 400 km range.. how long more the FAW managers will sleep before to wake up and see that 150 km EV range is an engineering crime ?