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SAIC-GM-Wuling Launches First Electric Vehicle, Baojun E100

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General Motors is continuing to establish itself in the ever-growing Chinese market through its joint ventures in the country. And just today, SAIC-GM-Wuling officially launched the Baojun E100, the brand’s first fully-electric vehicle.

The quirky little car is available in two variants and can be had for as low as RMB 35,800, after national and local subsidies.

SAIC-GM-Wuling began limited pre-sales of the E100 in Liuzhou, Guangxi, on Julty 10th. The demand was there, as over 5,000 people registered for the first 200 vehicles. Beginning tomorrow, another 500 vehicles will be made available, with sales initially limited to Guangxi.

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The new electric vehicle is powered by a single motor, which produces 110 Nm of torque and 29 kW of motoring power. The Baojun E100 can travel 155 km on a single charge, which should endear the EV to China’s many commuters. It takes seven and a half hours to fully charge the lithium-ion battery pack, and the vehicle is capable of capturing energy through a regenerative braking system.

The compact E100 can comfortably seat two, with a modest wheelbase of 1,600 mm and height of 1,670 mm. The car’s 3.7-meter turning radius makes it great for tight spaces, while its maximum speed of 100 km/h allows it to travel on local roads and urban expressways.

The E100 also comes with an independent front-wheel suspension, a single-arm rear suspension, and an impressive list of safety features that includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electric power steering, an electronic parking brake, parking sensors, ISOFIX locks for child safety seats, and a pedestrian alert system.

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