JAC iEV A50 Chinese Sedan Debuts With 500Km Claimed Range

The Chinese at JAC have released the first images and details of the new iEV A50, a zero-emission compact sedan.

According to AutoHome, the iEV A50 is coming to the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in April, measuring about as much as a four-door Renault Megane, at 4,590mm (180.7in) long, 1,765mm (69.5in) wide, and 1,490mm (58.7in) tall, with a 2,710mm (106.7in) wheelbase.

However, its size and styling aren’t the wow factor here, because according to the manufacturer, it has a claimed range of up to 500km (311miles), in between charges, when equipped with a 60kWh Li-ion battery pack. It’s estimated that it could reach some 400km (249miles) in the real world, whereas a lesser version, which uses a 47kWh battery pack, will travel for about 330km (205miles) on a single charge.

Located under the rear bench, the battery, which features a fast-charging mode that requires plugging it in for 1.5 hours to charge it from 0 to 80 percent, provides the juice to an electric motor, mounted at the front. The unit is good for 150 horsepower, and is said to allow the car to reach a maximum top speed of 150km/h (93mph).

Otherwise, the exterior design is dull, and so is the cabin, which features a Tesla-wannabe vertical touchscreen, 10.4 inches in size. The gear selector seems to have been inspired by BMW, and the steering wheel appears to come from Chevys. The 360-degree camera system, keyless entry and go, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, various blue accents and aluminum trim, as well as leather seats, are among its features.

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  • Rolan Volante

    Chinese EVs are close to perfect. The only imperfection they bear is no sigh of any wireless charging knowledge. If they, at any point in time, even have the vaguest dream of entering the European market they’d better launch stat of the art wireless charging system. That’s the only wild 😜 card they’re gonna get for Europe 😇

  • Six_Tymes

    I will be impressed when a vehicle of this same weight class reaches very close to 1000km. until that happens, its clear the industry has “hit a brick wall” with trying to advance battery technology, and cant seem to increase efficiency any further.

    • Nuno Costa

      And why would someone need a 1000Km range? Even 400 or 500Km range are completely useless for 99.99% of time people require their vehicles. When was the last time someone drove 1000Km without stopping half an hour?

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