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The Baojun E100

As Tesla prepares to launch its ‘‘affordable’’ Model 3 at US$35,000, General Motors has just unveiled a tiny electric car that costs only US$5000.

The new vehicle, called the Baojun E100, can travel about 160km on a single charge and is being touted as a perfect car for commuters.

The only catch is that the car will only be available in China. However, there is always the possibility for expansion or introduction of a similar vehicle into other markets.

With a wheelbase of only 1.6m and a height of only 1.67m, the Baojun E100 is truly tiny, a two-seater that makes other ‘‘tiny’’ cars seem spacious.

It has a single motor with 100Nm of torque and 29kW, not overly powerful.

It will reach low highway speeds of around 100kmh.

The lithium-ion battery can charge fully in 7.5 hours and is capable of capturing energy through a regenerative braking system.

Pre-sales for the Baojun E100 began last month and already more than 5000 have registered for the first 200 cars. Another 500 will be made available, with sales initially limited to Guangxi.

The car was developed in conjunction with state-owned SAIC, one of the largest manufacturers in China, which GM has been working with since 2001.

Together, they have been selling cars (including 1.5 million last year alone) under the Wuling and Baojun brand names, creating a pairing known as SGMW.

Last January, General Motors unveiled the production version of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, the aim of which was to appeal to consumers looking at a more affordable price tag than the luxury, market-leading Tesla.

The Bolt is designed to travel more than 320km between charges.

The price tag is around that of the upcoming Tesla model 3.

- Daily Mail

As Tesla prepares to launch its ‘‘affordable’’ Model 3 at US$35,000, General Motors has just unveiled a tiny electric car that costs only US$5000.

The new vehicle, called the Baojun E100, can travel about 160km on a single charge and is being touted as a perfect car for commuters.

The only catch is that the car will only be available in China. However, there is always the possibility for expansion or introduction of a similar vehicle into other markets.

With a wheelbase of only 1.6m and a height of only 1.67m, the Baojun E100 is truly tiny, a two-seater that makes other ‘‘tiny’’ cars seem spacious.

It has a single motor with 100Nm of torque and 29kW, not overly powerful.

It will reach low highway speeds of around 100kmh.

The lithium-ion battery can charge fully in 7.5 hours and is capable of capturing energy through a regenerative braking system.

Pre-sales for the Baojun E100 began last month and already more than 5000 have registered for the first 200 cars. Another 500 will be made available, with sales initially limited to Guangxi.

The car was developed in conjunction with state-owned SAIC, one of the largest manufacturers in China, which GM has been working with since 2001.

Together, they have been selling cars (including 1.5 million last year alone) under the Wuling and Baojun brand names, creating a pairing known as SGMW.

Last January, General Motors unveiled the production version of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, the aim of which was to appeal to consumers looking at a more affordable price tag than the luxury, market-leading Tesla.

The Bolt is designed to travel more than 320km between charges.

The price tag is around that of the upcoming Tesla model 3.

- Daily Mail

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