SAIC introduced electric vehicles under the new IM brandJanuary 14, 2021
Last year, the Chinese automotive concern SAIC established a new company, Zhiji Auto. The main task of the “Chinese Tesla” is the release of advanced and relatively expensive electric vehicles under the IM trademark, that is, Intelligence in Motion.
Currently, IM has presented its first developments, which have not yet received official names. The IM sedan is close in size to the Tesla Model S: 5,000 mm in length and 1,960 mm in width. All doors are powered by a servo drive, cameras are installed instead of exterior mirrors, but the main feature is matrix headlights with intricately curved DRLs. The main unit consists of 5 thousand LEDs, which can not only flexibly change the shape of the light beam, but also “draw” navigation tips for the driver on the road surface.
The interior boasts a wide 39-inch display, semi-aniline leather upholstery and wood veneer. An autopilot is provided, which includes 15 cameras, 12 ultrasonic and 5 mm radars, as well as an Nvidia Xavier processor module. However, the kind of hood above the windshield is not part of the drone system: it is Carlog, an on-board video recorder with 180-degree coverage. Alibaba was involved in the development of all these systems.
The IM sedan is equipped with all-wheel drive with two electric motors that together produce 544 hp. and 700 Nm of torque. The acceleration time from 0 to 100 km / h is 3.9 seconds. It is stated that specialists from the Williams formula team took part in tuning the chassis with adaptive dampers. At the front, the model uses a double wishbone suspension, at the rear, a multi-link, Brembo brakes.
The lithium-ion battery was developed in collaboration with CATL, but instead of graphite, silicon was used for its production, which allows to increase the specific capacity. Choose between 93 or 115 kWh batteries. The developers promise that the sedan with a large battery will be able to travel on a single charge up to 870 km. And in addition to the usual charging connectors, the sedan is equipped with 11 kW induction wireless charging: the receiver is installed under the car’s underbody.
The start of production and sales of IM sedans in China is scheduled for the end of 2021. In addition, the company unveiled a mockup of an all-electric crossover without a passenger compartment. Technical details have not yet been reported, although it is expected that the technical part will be unified with the sedan. His debut will take place no earlier than 2022.
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