It wouldn’t be a good day without another Chinese EV startup. Radten (Chinese name Ruiteng) is a brand of Chery Automobile. This week they officially opened its factory in Shijiazhuang, roughly 300km from Bejing in Hebei province. The full name of the automaker is Hebei Ruiteng New Energy Automobile Co. The English name is Radten Motors. The first car is called RT1, and they claim it is near the mass production version and will launch it in the second half of the year.
The plant’s annual capacity is 100 000 cars. It seems Chinese EV startups still didn’t learn not to scale too early too fast. Having a vast empty plant because ‘who knows, maybe we will jump from 0 to 100 000 cars in a year’ is still a popular mindset in China.
Enovate is a new EV brand from China. It took them only one mass-produced car (ME7) before changing their name to Enoreve. Chinese name remains the same (天际). On July 13, they launched their second car, Enoreve ME5, with a price tag of 149 900 yuan ($23 000) and 1012 km range.
The Hongqi H9+ is a new stretched limousine based on the Hongqi H9 sedan. It comes in various duel-tone color schemes and with a very luxurious and arty farty interior. The H9+ will hit the Chinese car market soon, and Hongqi has also developed a variant for the government.
EV battery technology is a lucrative and rapidly growing field. The pressure is on both battery and car manufacturers to increase the energy density of their batteries, increase the efficiency of the vehicles while simultaneously lowering unit costs- a challenging task indeed.
HiPhi is a brand of Chinese EV maker Human Horizons. Recently they applied to the Chinese Intellectual Property Office for a patent of a brand new model. HiPhi has only one model on sale so far called HiPhi X. It received lots of attention after launch as it was the most expensive made-in-China car. The base model started at 680 thousand yuan (105 thousand USD), and the enhanced Founders edition cost 800 thousand yuan (123 thousand USD).
A couple of trends are unique to the Chinese car market, like trim levels created specifically for female customers. Done to varying extents, cars like the Nio ES8 have a “queen seat” that could almost lay flat, while others are entire trim levels. Ora, Wei, and Chery seem to be especially fond of making “Queen” and “Goddess” trims. The latest such car is the new Chery Tiggo 3x Queen Edition, only for the ladies, and perhaps for a queen.
This red monster is the new Dongfeng Warrior M50, the first civilian variant of Dongfeng’s long-running Warrior (Mengshi) series. On the first photo happy workers waving Dongfeng flags while the first production M50 runs festively off the line in a Dongfeng factory.
The BYD Dolphin is a new compact electric car with a lot of style and the first BYD to carry the brand’s new logo. BYD has released a flock of pictures of the Dolphin’s interior, and it looks just and fancy as the outside. The 3-spoke steering wheel has a cool and sporty shape, with an almost-arty center. The free-standing digital instrument panel is relatively compact.
Yesterday leaked the documents exposing the price and configuration of a new SUV Lynk & Co 09. It will start at 299 800 yuan (46 000 USD).
Lynk & Co is a brand owned by Chinese Geely, the same company that also owns Volvo. There is lots of technology sharing between Volvo and Lynk & Co. The difference is that Lynk & Co is positioned as a cool trendy brand focused on millennials. My colleague Tycho sometimes even hesitate to write about it because we are so much less cool than they are. So I took over today, as in the end we always realize, it is all job of a desperate PR manager who tries all tricks he knows to differentiate on the crazy crowded and competitive Chinese market.
Today Tesla announced on its Chinese website the official launch of the Model Y Standard Range and started accepting reservations. The starting price for the Standard Range version is 276 thousand RMB (42 500 USD). The range is 525 km, the top speed 217km/h, and acceleration 0-100km/h is in 5.6 seconds.
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