Baojun E100: saving electricity with GM help

Shanghai, 8. August 2017

Cheers to the Tesla Model 3, and Diesel-debate in Germany: Is the electric car, the bringer of salvation of the individual mobility? Now, in this country, the premium for E-cars is so far a shot in the oven. Quite different in China: There is a lot of money.

Electric advantage in cities

However, the cornucopia in the middle Kingdom will not be distributed out of the goodness of love. So there are in the major cities of the country, a restriction on new registrations. A large part is reserved for electric cars. Here there are more approvals than applicants, while classic Cars to the approvals drawn must be. No wonder, then, that SAIC-GM-Wuling, a Joint Venture of General Motors in China, there are now small and cheap Baojun E100 on the market.

Obligation to the current car?

The reasons are obvious: in 2016, were sold in China half a Million electric vehicles, the cake is so lush. In addition, the government plans, from 2018, an E-car quota. According to previous designs, each manufacturer must sell at least eight percent of its vehicles in China as the electric car. What could be better than a Stromer for the masses on the market.

World Record-Breaking Turning Circle

Let us see, therefore, the Baojun E100 closer. Formally, he is the way of the Smart Fortwo and, like this, a pure two-seater. Optical Similarities to the short length, is likely to be due to: 2,49 meters the Format of the first Smart of 1998. The wheelbase is 1.60 meters, the height of 1.67 meters. Noteworthy is the extremely small turning circle of 3,70 meters. A maximum of 100 km/h are possible. These figures show that The Baojun E100 is consistently designed as a city car. This is useful not only with a view to the admission policy of the cities, but also in view of the sheer size of various Megacities in China. Until you are "out in the country", it may take there.

Performance? Sufficient.

The drive of the E100 is an electric motor with a power of 29 kW 40 HP and 110 Newton metres of torque. It is lined by a non-specified Lithium-ion battery. A full charge takes 7.5 hours, meant likely to be a household power outlet. Also on Board is a System for the recuperation. Both technically and in terms of equipment, the Baojun is by no means poor: independent suspension in front and a single rear wishbones join the ABS, electrical power steering, Parking sensors, or even a pedestrian detection. Inside there is a Seven-inch screen and access to the Internet.

Super cheap, thanks to the premiums

What series is, however, not the manufacturer. Is offered the Baojun E100 in two variants. In the best case, after the deduction of all national and local awards, is the price 35.800 Yuan, the equivalent of around 4,500 euros. It's no wonder that for the first 200 vehicles in pre-order starting in the city of Liuzhou, more than 5,000 have registered. If you now say: "Great, the car I would like to have in Cologne!", we have to disappoint you. An Export is not planned. And also the supposed bargain price must be seen in perspective: In China, the equivalent of up to 12,000 Euro E-car grant possible, tax relief included. Realistically, the Baojun E100 is rather at 15,000 euros. Nevertheless, the approach is interesting and contrary to Tesla: electric mobility not from above but from below.(rh)