Aiways electric SUV receives green light in EuropeNovember 12, 2019
Aiways, an electric car startup in Shanghai, has certified the U5 SUV in Europe. The automaker plans to start its sales in the Old World already next year.
Electric cars and plug-in hybrids in China today are not going through their best times. Sales of such cars creep down, and manufacturers are forced to look for new markets. So, in the spring of 2020, a young Chinese startup Aiways is going to offer Europeans an electric SUV Aiways U5, which has already passed the necessary certification. This SUV will be the first crossover from the Middle Kingdom in Europe, where it will have to deal with the best-seller in the niche of electric cars – the Tesla Model 3. The Chinese are ready to offer fans of green cars a low price, modern design, convenient overall length – 4,680 mm, a small curb weight – 1730 kg, diode optics, etc.
On a single charge, the Aiways U5 is capable of driving from 500 to 600 kilometers on the NEDC cycle. Let’s get back to the price lists. For the most affordable Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback in Europe, they are asking for about 30 thousand euros, but Aiways is ready to sell the initial versions of its SUV for only 25 thousand euros, writes Bloomberg. So there is definitely a chance for a startup from China to get Europeans interested.
Aiways U5 is powered by a 231-horsepower electric motor, combined with a 63 kWh lithium-ion battery. If desired, the SUV can be equipped with an 18 kWh battery.
The novelty is based on the MAS modular aluminum platform. In the future, it will become the basis for a number of models of the brand – from a sports coupe to a minivan. In Europe, Aiways intends to bet on those countries where the local government provides subsidies for the purchase of electric cars. Among them are Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. On the home market, Aiways U5 will be available on November 29th.
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