Aiways U5 Electric 5-Seat SUV To Launch In Europe In March

JAN 25 2019 BY MARK KANE 20

Chinese manufacturers boldly knocking on Europe’s door

Shanghai-based Aiways, a start-up, plans on a Geneva Motor Show entry with its first all-electric car developed for series production – the Aiways U5, a five-seat SUV.

The concept version (see video teaser below) was previously shown in Beijing and now Aiways has a production version, which could be an interesting proposition for those who seek an SUV, but can’t afford a Tesla, Audi or Mercedes. We don’t know much about production and sales plans for Europe yet., but we should get some details when it debuts in March.

Aiways U5 specs:

  • 63 kWh battery (liquid cooled)
  • battery pack energy density of over 170 Wh/kg
  • more than 460 km (286 miles) “under comprehensive conditions”
  • 140 kW and 315 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
Aiways U5
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The concept

Aiways Nathalie

The other car on the stage from Aiways is to be Nathalie – a methanol fuel cell-powered electric supercar, which can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds, almost as fast as the top Teslas.

This halo car from Aiways is expected to cost more than €400,000 ($450,000) in Europe, which once again shows us how big an advantage the battery electric cars have over various FCVs.

Aiways Nathalie

Source: Autocar

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20 Comments on "Aiways U5 Electric 5-Seat SUV To Launch In Europe In March"

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Nice looking car. The power rating is a bit on the low side, but the side and form/factor looks good.

What is the price?

If it is under $35K and meets all safety requirement, it will be a hot seller.

In Nov of 2018 their announced target price was €25,000.

I find the 25K very unlikely for a car with a 63kwh liquid cooled battery pack. Even if it is a noname Chinese brand.

The biggest issue will be warranty and service. Since they will have none proven and no track record this would be a very risky purchase.

On paper this would b a good deal at even 35K EUR assuming a 10year 160K warranty on the pack.

It wouldn’t be that cheap even *inside* China… At least not before subsidies. Comparable Chinese models cost more than $35,000 before subsidies.

They might choose to buy market share though. The Japanese and Koreans pretty much had to go that route.

Whatever. Made in China by China. No sale to me. When will people get sick of, “almost as good as” knock off copies and sending their money to the Chinese government and the Chinese military? Wake up people, they aren’t giving this stuff away for no reason.

Just like Made in Korea and Made in Japan before them… And I’d rather send my money to the Chinese than to the Saudi or US government and their military forces.

This car looks interesting, in a global world the origin makes little difference (except for xenophobes), and larger questions are price, reliability (rust? service centers 15 years from now? build quality?) and safety.

ATM going electric and keep the planet habitable is way more important than worrying about economic gains of autocratic regimes.

It’s a nightmare, isn’t it? We did it to them in the 19th century with the opium wars and forcing them to open up their markets. Now they’re doing it to us.

A book called “Late Victorian Holocausts” by Mike Davis attacks the atrocities Britain committed in India – where it grew the opium it flooded and ruined China with – from the premise that since time immemorial China and India have been dominant world economies, and the actions by Britain artificially transferred staggering amounts of wealth to the White man’s world temporarily. Which implies that balance is now being restored, no matter what you think of the dictatorship in Beijing and the Hindu-bigot regime in New Dehli. According to the book, the standard of living of ordinary people in those countries was not far below Britain at the start of the British takeover – but it soon got there as both societies were plunged into chaos. So Chinese gold obtained by growing opium even during Indian famines poured into British banks and made the Pound Sterling the world’s exchange currency and Britain the world’s largest creditor, powering not only its own industrial boom, but making it the #1 financier of American railroads, which in turn made America into a continental economic superpower. Now, China is indeed exacting its revenge. Lincoln said in his 2nd Inaugural speech, “the judgments of the Lord,… Read more »

I’m Norwegian. Why should I prefer the US military? In my lifetime, that war machine has been used many times in unjust ways, attacking countries under various pretexts that have turned out to be nothing but lies. Maybe the world is better if the US isn’t so powerful that it can just do whatever it pleases without having to consider the consequences — especially when you’ve elected a president who’s proud to say only American interests matter and as a matter of policy will squeeze everyone else as much as he can! Xi certainly is no ideal leader, and China no ideal country. But a balance between these two evils strikes me as possibly better than one-sided supremacy…

U5 Aiway — sure looks a lot like the now-gone US Airways……..

It will be a LONG time before I can trust a Chinese designed and made EV. They will own the market someday – just not today…

Where was your mobile phone made?

I’m having trouble with the idea of a startup invading Europe before BYD, which has spent so much time on EVs. Then again, there’s so much cross-financing going on between Chinese tycoons, who knows who is really paying for this? Set up a puppet brand for the specific purpose of having it go wrong, so you can study and correct your mistakes, then send in your real (intended to become global) brand with an improved product and no stain on its reputation. Note that during Toyota’s initial disastrous foray into the US market ~1958, it used the name Toyopet. Which paid off later when it reverted to its own name for its US reboot.

Look Nissan, liquid cooled battery.

Tjere might be some people buying the Chinese cheap bait but most people will stay away from new manufacturers without service centers, customer support and spare parts supply chain. Look at Tesla, after so many years still has these big problems and people need to wait for months for a repair.

A bit more competition would be exciting! Let’s see what their plans are, a showing at a car show means nothing.

Aiways is founded by Fu Qiang (from Volvo China) and Gu Feng (from SAIC, Shanghai Auto) in 2017. It’s a private company without state support. Juangsu Shangang Group, a steel manufacturer, is the biggest known investor.

The U5 looks like a sensible car. Much like Kona or Bolt. The quoted range may be from a China specific test, at 60 kph (40 mph) constant speed. NEDC range is usually 20-30% lower. I’m not a big fan of crossovers, but this one kinda looks nice.

The RG Nathalie is a whole different story. Roland Gumpert is the guy that developped the original Audi Quattro in the 1980’s. He has built some ICE sportscars under the Gumpert brand name. The Nathalie thing has 4 motors, combined 1200 hp and a 70 kWh battery. There is a fuel cell range extender as well, however this fuel cell is fed with methanol instead of hydrogen. I do not expect the fuel cell to directly power the motors, because methanol FC’s have even worse dynamics than hydrogen FC’s.

It will be interesting to see how these camera mirrors will go. Audi has placed the screens in a traditional location, so you have to turn your head to look at them, possibly that also lends itself to looking over your shoulder for the blind spots. This Aiways has them in the instrument cluster, which I think makes better sense of this new approach. I’m just not sure I like the idea of camera mirrors, you lose depth perception, you can’t change your viewing angle easily, and I bet the resolution is not as good or the dynamic range of the image. Backup camera is often hard to discern objects, and that’s generally a decent sized screen. I guess I’ll have to wait until I can try it.

Is this comparable to the eNiro?

I wonder when (if) it will actually enter the market. “Launch” is a big word for what seems to be showing a prototype at a car show…

It’ll have to be cheap to sell in any numbers. But they may not even aim for any significant sales to begin with. It will generate a lot of attention and start to build familiarity. If it is decent and doesn’t get a bad reputation the brand disadvantage will diminish pretty fast. No brands have a very strong standing with average young people today anyway.