Beijing Auto EC180 EV Is Ready For The Chinese Car Market

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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.


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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  1. 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. And even more important perhaps; when will we receive serious Chinese electric cars in this leading market? (You now that GM has dedicated all their production first year of the Electric Opel (Chevy Bolt) to Norway exclusively? Now other European countries get this Opel in 2017! So – where are you China!!

    • 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.

  2. 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. Is it just a game for the Government, to achieve Public Relation? I guess it must be.

    Actually, even ‘plug in hybrids’ and fuel cell cars has great discounts from the Norwegian Government. Toyota love this, since the only have Hybrids so far.

    VW, Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Renault, KIA, Hyundai, has all the electric cars, and soon Mercedes, Volvo, etc. And now in 2017 GM (Bolt – called Opel in Europe) has dedicated all their production for 12 months to Norway exclusively. No other European countries will get it in 2017.

    I doubt the Chinese seriousness when they can’t export ANYTHING to Norway! Sorry. Seems there is a fantasy of electric cars in China, and no matter how quick or how long rane they advertise in their press material, nothing goes on, does it? For real?

    Fairy tales? Seriously?

    • 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 cheap. Plus road toll, yearly “luxury tax”, etc. More than approx. average 1000 US$ per year. None of this with an electric car.

      So when an electric car can do 400 – 500 kilometers per charge, it is obviously an alternative for most people. Remember, Norway is perhaps small as a country, and with only 5 mill. residents, but if you go from Oslo to the far north of Norway, it is the same distance as to Rome, Italy!

      And we do travel a lot in Norway, by car. Since the airports are scarce, and with bad railways and limited public transportation outside the capitol and the few arger cities.

      Norwegians doesn’t like to live in cities. We are individualists, and like to live in the mountains and valleys, without close neighbours. It is our mentality.

      But, we have discovered that the electric cars accommodate our need for transportation.

      So, if we can, who can’t?? 🙂


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