China’s GAC Unveils GE3 Electric Hatchback, Says Will Come To US – Video

6 months ago by Eric Loveday 24

The undisclosed pure electric vehicle that we expected GAC to reveal at NAIAS 2017 turned out to be a pure electric hatchback called the GE3.

GAC GE3

GAC GE3

Generally, a Chinese electric car might fly a bit under our radar, but what’s really interesting here is that GAC says it will begin sales in the U.S. within the next 3 years – a rarity for a Chinese-built car (and actually there isn’t any Chinese owned offerings on the market currently).

And if that’s the case, then we should check out GE3 in a bit more depth.

GAC calls the GE3 a concept, but it’s obvious this car is basically ready to go. It packs a 47 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which GAC claims is enough to provide range of 190 miles (likely on China’s test cycle). Regardless, that’s still a decent size pack given the size of GE3.

A single electric motor puts out 120 kilowatts (160 horsepower) and 214 pound-feet of torque.

0 to 62 MPH is achieved in 9.3 seconds, according to GAC and top speed is listed at 104 MPH.

All around, the GE3 seems to be capable enough, but there’s one big question mark remaining. Will Americans buy a car built by a Chinese automaker? Guess will find out in a few years when the GE3 launches in the U.S.

Source: Autocar

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24 responses to "China’s GAC Unveils GE3 Electric Hatchback, Says Will Come To US – Video"

  1. Ambulator says:

    Not too bad, but it looks similar to a Bolt but with worse specifications. It will have to be substantially cheaper, especially from an unknown brand.

    1. CLIVE says:

      The designer of the Bolt stole styling cues from everybody else. Except the Bolt looks like a tall car, not a crossover.

    2. Paul Smith says:

      Trump is libel to hit it with large duties because it’s Chinese. So much for the low price.

      1. ijonjack says:

        GOOD ! Buy what you Build ..Buy American.

  2. JeremyK says:

    “Generally, a Chinese electric car might fly a bit under our radar, but what’s really interesting here is that GAC says it will begin sales in the U.S. within the next 3 years – a rarity for a Chinese-built car (actually there isn’t any on the market currently).”

    Technically, the Buick Envision is Chinese built…unless you were referring only to EVs.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I think probably what Eric was referring to is that there isn’t any Chinese owned, Chinese built cars on US roads today…I think. I am going with that anyway.

      Will change the ditty a bit to reflect that sentiment, thanks Jeremy

  3. KUD says:

    but there’s one big question mark remaining. Will Americans buy a car built by a Chinese automaker? Guess will find out in a few years when the GE3 launches in the U.S.

    Well enough people bought Yugos

    1. WARREN says:

      Where did Yugos come from..Yugoslavia?

    2. Don Rober says:

      Apparently not enough to keep them in business.

  4. Mdstj says:

    I hope the United States imposes the same restrictions on Chinese auto companies that the Chinese impose on any foreign auto company like Tesla.

    1. Empire State says:

      I hope that we don’t do that, and that by not doing so we then better negotiate for the Chinese to remove the protectionist policies.

    2. Dan says:

      GM sold more cars in China than they did in the US.

    3. Chris O says:

      That’s right, level the playing field. The same 25% tax plus assorted red tape barriers China hits foreign imports with should instantly kill any chance this car or any Chinese build car for that matter could ever have on the US market.

      1. ijonjack says:

        The Cars SOLD in China are Made In China…

  5. Joe says:

    Price will be key. If it’s significantly cheaper than US or Europe made EVs with a decent quality/security, it might sell decently.

  6. Mike says:

    I would be interested to see the EPA cycle range. BYD has submitted some of their cars and the efficiency isn’t very good compared to what is currently on the market. If my memory is correct, they only get about 70% of the range of something similar to a Leaf in terms of size and battery capacity.

  7. Someone out there says:

    3 years off is a bit late unfortunately. It needs to come to market now. 3 years from now there will be plenty of competitors with better performance than this so unless it’s dirt cheap (which is likely, to be honest) it will not sell very much.

  8. Sublime says:

    I’ll wait to see how it does in IIHS crash tests.

  9. ffbj says:

    Don’t hold your breath.

  10. Former FFE Driver says:

    Auto motor und Sport drove number of Chinese engineered cars and they had horrible experiences with them. Brakes catching fire and bad fit and finish poor handling and bad crash ratings. The Buick Envision was designed under GM guidance and assembled in China so it’s not quite the same as truly engineered in China. The standards to get in the US are high and they’ve got a ways to go.

  11. wavelet says:

    “Will Americans buy a car built by a Chinese automaker? ”
    In 1959, when Toyota imported the 1st Japanese car sold in the US, the Q was “Will Americans buy a car built by a Japanese automaker?”

    In 1986, when Hyundai imported the 1st Korean car sold in the US, the Q was “Will Americans buy a car built by a Korean automaker?”(and incidentally, they sold 125K cars the 1st year)

    The answer’s pretty clear: If the cars are cheap enough initially, they’ll sell some. If they end up having a rep as reasonably reliable, economical and safe, they’ll keep selling.

    1. super390 says:

      Actually, the lessons there were that if you want to mass-export to America, you have to take your best shot and then take a pounding as it turns out your ideas of an adequate car are wholly insufficient in America. The Toyopet Crown was a sales disaster, and Hyundai soured the public after a few big sales years. Both companies had to rethink their cars and start over before they got it right several years later.

      And it probably will happen for Chinese companies as well.

  12. Bob Nan says:

    If Chevy Bolt can go 238 miles with a 60 KWh battery, then this car GE3 with 47 KWh battery can go 186 miles. If its a tad lighter than Bolt, it can go 190 miles even in US standard. So no surprise.
    Whether it will come to USA in next 3 year is a ?.
    47/60*238 = 186.43

    Design is good and I guess its a Crossover because its tall.

    1. super390 says:

      Calling it a “utility” vehicle can hide many shortcomings.