Forget the SmartCar, the Tata Nano in India or much-touted but non-existent Elio. Welcome the Baojun E100, China’s new electric tiny car.
The new two-seat city cruiser, which has a wheelbase of 62.9 inches — about 11 inches shorter than the SmartForTwo — has a 96-mile range and will accelerate to 62 miles per hour with its single electric motor that generates 39 horsepower. Its lithium-ion battery pack charges in about 7 1/2 hours.
Regenerative braking also helps feed energy back into the battery.
Cost is ¥35,800 or about $5,300 after government and local EV subsidies.
Available only in China, the initial manufacture of 200 units sold out quickly. Another 500 went on sale July 22 in the Guangxi province, the location of vehicle’s three manufacturing partnership between SAIC-GM-Wuling, General Motors and the Liuzhou government.
The E100 has a 7-inch touchscreen with wireless connectivity. The “upscale” edition, called the Zhixiang, has keyless entry and a higher quality air filter. The E100 also has its air vents integrated into the dashboard, and there are no conventional instruments in front of the driver.
Parking sensors, antilock brakes and a pedestrian alert system are also standard.