Beijing Auto EC180 EV Is Ready For The Chinese Car Market

Beijing Auto EC180 EV Is Ready For The Chinese Car Market

The new Beijing Auto EC180 will be launched on the Chinese car market on January 18. The EC180 is a small electric hatchback with crossy black wheel arches and a black bonnet. It has subtle blue lines around the badge and on the wheels’ center. In China, blue is the color of green.




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Very distinctive crease over the door handles, ending up in the rear lights. The wheels, while fitted with sporty alloys, are idiotically small. Many Chinese automakers fit small wheels in a cheap-ass bid to push down fuel consumption or extend range. Fair enough but the practice is getting a bit ridiculous recently, and therewith dangerous. Try to do the moose test in this one!

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The interior is rather dark and gray for a Chinese EV, although the orange seats help a little bit. The touch screen measures a proper 10 inch and the instrument panel is 1985-digital. The infotainment system is fitted with Baidu CarLife and communication software called C-Car. Drive selector on the center console, just behind the single cup holder.

Round fog lights are nice. The EC180 is powered by an electric motor with 41hp. Range is 180 kilometers, hence the name of the car, and top speed is 100 kilometers per hour. Charging will take six hours on 220V. Size: 3672/1630/1495, wheelbase is 2360 and curb weight 1085 kilo.

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The EC180 is 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.

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Knut
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Again, dear Car News China – what does this range compare to? The American (US standard) or the European range standard. These two are very different – so I have no idea what range this car actually is compered to when you tell me (us) that it has a range of 180 kilometers. Although, when you messure kilometers it could indicate European standard, which we all know is at least 20% too high, according to norml usage. I am from Norway, which has the highest density of electric cars in the World, compared to population. So this is very important.… Read more »
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Correction dear Editor:

“(You know that GM has dedicated all their production first year of the Electric Opel (Chevy Bolt) to Norway exclusively?)

There was a missing ‘k’ in the word now – obviously, and now end to the parenthesis. Sorry.

Knut
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Perhaps I should explain the “Norwegian Model” to you regarding Electric cars? Our “normal” cars – petrol and diesel, have a tax close to 100% including VAT (25%). But electric cars have no import tax, no VAT. Free toll from roads, free parking and mostly free charging. We have electricity from Waterfalls, so it is renewable energy 100%. That’s why Tesla is one of the most common cars in Norway at the moment. Along with all the other serious brands of course. But I ask myself, China is so eager to launch new electric cars, but we see nothing here.… Read more »
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Another correction – plus some more; “and no matter how quick or how long rane they advertise in their press material” I thought I wrote ‘range’, not ‘rane’. So – a little more comments: Norway is a leading oil producer, so why do we worry about electric cars? We have an obligation in this world to reduce the usage of non-renewable energy, that’s why. This is serious for us. And we don’t have huge discounts on petrol like in Venezuela! We must pay, including tax; approximately US$ 1.90 per liter of Gasoline, and 1.65 per liter of Diesel. Not very… Read more »