Buick Puts Bigger Battery Into China’s Velite 6 EV, Extends Range To 255 Miles

Buick is expanding its Velite 6 family of EVs in China with the Velite 6 Plus.

Looking identical with the Velite 6 that was launched in April 2019, the Plus features a bigger 52.5 kWh battery that enables it to cover up to 410 km (255 miles) on a single charge as per the NEDC standards. In comparison, the regular Velite 6 has a 35 kWh battery and a driving range rated at 301 km (187 miles).

Besides having a larger capacity, the battery’s energy density has been increased to 140 wh/kg, which in layman’s terms means that it can store more energy, and its electricity consumption is rated at 13.1 kWh/100 km.

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The battery can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in 40 minutes using a direct current (DC) fast charger. A five-minute charge at the same rate unlocks an additional 40 kilometers (25 miles) of range.

The Velite 6 Plus also boasts a more powerful electric motor rated at 148 HP (150 PS) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The automaker quotes a 0 to 50 km/h (0-31 mph) acceleration of 3.6 seconds and says the vehicle offers “a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience.”

Buick’s new EV is also well equipped, offering driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Alert, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Electronic Stability Program, and a tire pressure monitoring system. It also features a 10-inch touch-sensing infotainment system which supports over-the-air (OTA) updates, Super ID, and a virtual key.

The two Velite 6 models, which are Buick’s first all-electric production vehicles, are available in China in six variants, with prices ranging from RMB 165,800 and RMB 199,800 ($23,460 – $28,270) after national subsidies for new energy vehicles. Buick also sells the Velite 5 plug-in hybrid, essentially a rebadged Chevy Volt, in the People’s Republic.

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  • Ben

    Toyota having Buick make their Prius now?

  • ZYGIUS

    That’s how Opel Astra should look like…

  • did GM borrow toyota’s ugly stick…

    • WalthamDan

      Not only did they borrow it, they over used it.

  • looks barely beter than a Prius

  • Big Black Duck

    SAD… Buick copying Toyota…while Ford is copying Hyundai…where are the Patriotic Americans denouncing this?

    • Matt

      Well considering its a China-only model and not even sold in the US, who cares?

  • William rowe

    Man Buick and GM borrow the pig from toyota and put some lipstick on it, while it is better looking then the pirus , it’s still going need more then lipstick to look good to me

  • IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A NISSAN AND TOYOTA.

  • Paul

    It doesn’t look like a Buick.

  • WalthamDan

    That’s Prius UGLY!!!

  • Joe

    I’m confused why people think it looks like a Prius. By that logic, does every aerodynamic compact look like a Prius to them too?
    Hopefully the new Velite 6 battery helps them leave behind the serious quality control issues with the battery supplier that had delayed the initial version of the model for so long.

  • paulgdeaton

    If a Prius mated with a Murano… this would be the offspring…

  • carlbolt

    5 inch overhang on both front and rear should be cut. Don’t know why they always put a big car body on a small chassis.

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