GAC Motor Launches Pure Electric GE3 SUV In China – From $22K (USD)

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 15

GAC Motor’s all-electric GE3 was officially released in Shanghai

GAC Motor, the fastest growing Chinese car manufacturer, that by 2019 intends to enter U.S. market, has introduced its first all-electric SUV, the GE3 in China.

GAC Motor’s GE3: a pioneer model of smart all-electric vehicles

The GE3 originally debuted at 2017 NAIAS (showing the company’s ambitions for the US market) and is now on sale for 150,200 to 173,200 yuan ($22,200 to 25,600) after subsidies.

(Best we can tell there is 50,000+ yuan of those worth ~$7,400 USD – the GE3 is not yet listed on the company’s website)

GAC Motor states that the range of GE3 is 310 km (a very specific 192.62 miles), however the company forgot to tell us how many kWh the pack is (it looks to be about ~50 kWh judging by the offered peripheral efficiency specs).

The powertrain output is 120 kW and 290 Nm for a reasonable 9.3 seconds run from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph).

And there is also fast charging capability – 30 minutes from 0 to 80%.

“Made its international debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January, GE3 is based on a new EV platform and positioned as a medium- to high-end electric SUV that symbolizes a green lifestyle and new possibilities in future mobility. It wowed the crowd when it was demonstrated at the 2017 Summer Davos, the 11th Annual Meeting of the New Champions, held in Dalian, China.

Features includes:

  • A range of 310km (192.62 miles) with electric power only;
  • Ternary lithium battery fast charges to 80 percent in 30 minutes;
  • Acceleration from 0-100 km (0-60 miles) within 9.3 seconds, braking distance 12.8 meters (42 feet);
  • Peak power: 120 KW (163.2 Horsepower), peak torque at 290 Nm (214 ft-lb) ;
  • A flat battery layout that sets benchmark in terms of space, comfort, safety and performance;
  • General power consumption 16.6 kwh/100km (16.6 kwh/60 miles);
  • Featuring smart car companion Little Trumpchi, T-BOX Internet of Vehicles 3.0 and INJOY smart entertainment system;
  • An avant-garde low-poly technology modeling design with low polygon front and rear LED lamp assemblies;
  • The SUV body meets North American roof compression standards.”

Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor gave an introduction about GE3 to Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of World Economic Forum at 2017 Davos

By 2020, GAC Motor hopes to sell 1 million cars annually, and 20% of them (200,000) to be New Energy Vehicles (pure electric or plug-in hybrid).

“The company also applies sustainable and eco-friendly technologies in vehicle production, using only the best quality and eco-friendly materials. GAC Motor plans to open the smart new energy car industrial park in 2019 and establish a new energy subsidiary company to enter an extraordinary new stage of development.”

Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor said:

“Since GAC Motor launched the first hybrid vehicle in 2012, our company has mastered the five core technologies in battery, motor, control unit, electro-mechanical coupling systems and system integration, developing new energy vehicles is a key strategy of GAC Motor. Launching GE3 is a start and we hope to bring products that meet the future trends while guaranteeing unique driving and riding experience,”.

“GAC Motor’s strategic emphasis in the next five years include launching new energy sedan and SUV models in all markets, achieving 400-500km mileage with electric power and fully charge the batteries in under 30 minutes to solve the consumers’ traveling concerns,”

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15 responses to "GAC Motor Launches Pure Electric GE3 SUV In China – From $22K (USD)"

  1. terry says:

    GPC 16,6kWH/100km for SUV – great!

    1. Mikael says:

      NEDC that is… So at least 20 kWh per 100 km in the real world.

  2. Mikey says:

    Those dragster parachutes at :37 in the video can’t be good for aerodynamics!

    Kidding! Nice ad, looks like a nice car.

  3. alohart says:

    16.6 kWh/100 km x 310 km = 51.5 kWh usable battery pack capacity

  4. Brett Gutoskie says:

    310km range, 16.6kWh / 100 km, implied 51.5 kWh battery pack. Guessing they achieve better range through limiting the power of acceleration. 0-60 in close to 10 seconds is pretty modest.

    Would be definitely interest in trying one out, of/when they land in North America.

  5. CDAVIS says:

    The Chinese MO for entering us Market is to capture market share by front-end product dumping underwritten by Chine Inc…example would be solar PV panels. Great short-term for American consumers low price wise for but long-term a massive American jobs killer. Thing is, both American law and Chinese law does not allow this practice going the other direction: American product being dumped in China to gain market share.

    1. SparkEV says:

      You’re complaining that the Chinese are paying so that the products you buy are cheaper? I say dump on, China, make them even cheaper!

      If after China take over, and then stops making them cheap, US companies could certainly create the same product as if no dumping ever took place. In the long run, US jobs are not affected.

      Going back in history, replace Chine with Japan (or Korea) and products with transistor radios (or shoes), and what you espouse has been said time and again in history. No need to fear the big bad foreign countries making things cheaper for US consumers.

      Actually, one country to fear is Canada (along with Saudi). Saw a show the other day, apparently tar sands are naturally occurring toxic waste that must be cleaned up, and they’re dumping the waste product to US.

    2. Stimpacker says:

      Before you cite Chinese made Solar PV panels as a US job killer, ask yourself this:

      How many US jobs are in Solar PV manufacturing?

      How many US jobs are in Solar PV sales, engineering, installation, service, finance?

      You’ll be surprised…

  6. DNAinaGoodWay says:

    It’s about time that China followed the footsteps of Japan and South Korea into the US car market. What kind of disruption will that cause?

    The more competition in the EV space, the better.

    1. SJC says:

      South Korea tried for decades to sell a lot in the U.S. they had to offer a 10 year warranty to get buyers.

  7. Another Euro point of view says:

    Thanks for taking into consideration EV production from all parts of the world like you did in this article about a coming Chinese EV. By doing this you give your North American readers a better (& true) picture of the (global) EV world which they often seem to miss.

  8. abc123 says:

    “Featuring smart car companion Little Trumpchi”

    Little Trumpchi? LOL.

    This won’t be coming to the US. They may try, but unless they change this “Little Trumpchi” to “Tremendous Trumpchi” it will be a non-starter.

  9. Don Zenga says:

    Way to go. They are using cheaper motors and the reduced cost of battery to come up with such an affordable small crossover. Please note that China also has 3 – 4 million low speed electric vehicle and the volume production of that motors may also be used in high speed regular electric vehicles.

  10. Jason says:

    So far shown in 2017 and in production real soon. Makes VW look very tardy, doesn’t it?
    These companies that show a prototype and then a product a could years later are really to be admired.

  11. 小杜 says:

    Not sure where you get the pricing from, but its 165 – 175,000rmb + 24,000 Country taxes + (12,000 for Shanghai residents).

    So closer to 200k, but still quite a deal for Shanghai residents, as a plate alone in Shanghai is 90k odd (and thats after waiting up to 6 months to win one)

    Official site here –
    http://trumpchi.gacmotor.com/ga3sphev/

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