This is the new Beijing Auto EC180, it debuted on the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in China, sporting a trendy black bonnet and blue headlights lenses. The EC180 is a compact electric car, it will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the first quarter of 2017.
It is really a small hatch but they have smartly styled it as a crossy car, with black wheel arches and usable roof rails. The EC180 has a range of 180 kilometers. It is powered by a 41hp electric motor. Charging will take six hours on 220V, which is not that bad. Top speed will be 100 kilometers per hour.
Size: 3672/1630/1495, wheelbase is 2360 and curb weight 1085 kilo.
The EC180 will be manufactured by BAIC BJEV, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC). BAIC only owns 60% of he company. The other 40% of the shares are divided among other shareholders, including LeEco, the creator of the LeSEE electric super sedan.
The interior was just nice. The plastics looked a tad too cheap but it has orange leather pads on the seats, a trendy blue drive selector between said seats. a touch screen, and a partly digital instrument panel. It also has a clearly marked cigarette lighter, sitting just in front of the single cup holder.
Enough space in the rear for two and a baby. The doors need a bit more decoration. They look too plastic and too simple.
Rear lights of the right size. Decals are dizzying cool. Round fog light on the bumper with a shiny ring around it. BJEV will launch a whole series of compact EVs between now and 2020. The platform that underpins the EC180 will also underpin the trendy-and-thus-more-expensive ArcFox-1.
Beijing Auto badge in blue, because blue = green. Black bonnet is good.