China EV Daily (Aug 16): Leopard 5 launched by BYD’s Fang Cheng Bao, CATL’s new battery, Tesla starts Model 3 Highland orders in China

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[BYD Fang Cheng Bao] On August 16, Fang Cheng Bao launched its first model – Fang Cheng Bao Leopard 5. The new vehicle is positioned as a medium-sized rugged SUV and will be the first to carry BYD’s new DM-O hybrid system. It has a power output of over 500kW and a comprehensive range of up to 1,200km. The expected price range is 400,000-600,000 yuan (54,850 USD – 82,250 USD), and deliveries will be made within the year. — NetEase Auto

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Fang Cheng Bao Leopard 5

[CATL] On August 16, CATL officially released the ShenXing Super Charging Battery, the world’s first lithium iron phosphate 4C supercharging battery. CATL stated that the ShenXing Super Charging Battery can be charged in 10 minutes to provide a range of 400 kilometers and achieve a total range of over 700 kilometers. — Beijing News

[Geometry] On August 16, Geely Auto’s Geometry E Firefly was officially launched, offering three models with a guide price range of 69,800-89,800 yuan (9,550 – 12,300 USD), a maximum reduction of 14,000 yuan (1,900 USD) compared to the older model. Apart from the entry-level model, the new vehicle has replaced the knob-style gear shift with a huge gear design. All models, except for the top variant, now feature a 29.67kWh battery, reducing the range by 19km to 301km. — Smart Electric Travel

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Geometry E Firefly

[Changan] According to the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) on August 15, Changan Automobile submitted an investment promotion application to establish an electric and hybrid vehicle production plant in Thailand. The investment is 8.8 billion Thai baht (approximately 250 million USD), with an initial annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles. — CNC

[Tesla] On August 16, insiders said that Tesla stores in China have quietly begun accepting orders for the Model 3 Highland. Store sales staff indicated that with a prepayment of 1,000 yuan (140 USD), there are two delivery options. One is for the current vehicle, and the other includes other models, including the revamped Model 3. — IT Home

Tesla Model 3 Highland
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