After making its debut two years ago in Frankfurt, Taiwanese EV-maker Thunder Power has returned to the IAA to showcase the latest evolution in its electric vehicle range.
Alongside the Thunder Power Sedan, on display wearing full test camouflage, a new electric SUV concept was also revealed as a world premiere, as was the company’s dedicated EV platform.
This all-new platform comes with a 125 kWh battery, resulting in a range of up to 650 km (403 miles), whereas motor configurations allow for up to a maximum of 430 kW (584 PS).
While the Sedan received some styling and aerodynamic enhancements to the front and rear compared to the previous version, it’s the new “Future Vision” alpha SUV concept that really stands out thanks to Thunder Power’s in-house design team based in Milan.
The SUV features a unique electrical motor and battery configuration and loads of interior room thanks to the company’s Intelligent Packaging philosophy. It also has a sedan-like center of gravity, which in turn increases its dynamic capabilities.
Meanwhile, the all-new modular chassis holds a race-inspired multi-link suspension system with an open lower triangle architecture and a closed top triangle at the front for maximum flexibility. At the rear, a lower wishbone and top connecting link rod eliminate the need for having a top anchor point, which is what you normally see with a double triangle setup.
“Thunder Power is a new force in the EV industry. We are dedicated to creating outstanding electric vehicles which eliminate the compromise faced by current models. At the same time, we attach great importance to restoring a harmonious balance between modern day transportation and the preservation of nature,” said Thunder Power CEO, Wellen Sham, while addressing the crowd in Frankfurt.
Finally, Thunder Power is also prepping a special edition coupe (not on display), limited to 488 units globally. This car will feature a 4WD drivetrain with torque vectoring and will be powered by a 488 kW (663 PS) electric powertrain. As for its interior, the EV-maker used phrases like “sculpted from the finest Italian leather” to describe the ambiance.