Efficient Drivetrains Launches Asian Market PHEV SUV
APR 29 2015 BY MARK KANE
Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), the company that earlier announced it will offer a Class 3 PHEV truck based on the Chevy Silverado 3500, aims to join the plug-in hybrid SUV segment too.
The company developed a plug-in version of a Chinese SUV and intends to sell it in Asia as an affordable PHEV.
Specifications weren’t disclosed besides listing a 2.4 liter engine and 50 km (32 miles) of all-electric range (800 km / 500 miles total).
Before sales begin, EDI needs to first secure all vehicle certifications and durability tests.
“EDI leveraged its proven technology to address the increasing demand from Asian automakers seeking a path to offer a cost-competitive, fuel efficient SUV. The vehicle is a full-size Chinese SUV with a 2.4 Liter engine that has been converted into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The vehicle offers an affordable price point for PHEV in its class with full electric capability for over 50 km, making it eligible for government incentives, which further reduces its purchase price.
In addition to cost savings, the vehicle has several other advantages over other PHEVs including higher performance with improved acceleration and torque, lower fuel consumption, and a higher top speed. The range of the vehicle is also significantly longer; EDI’s PHEV SUV is capable of driving over 800km on a single tank of gasoline, a significantly longer range compared to the less than 600km a standard vehicle of the same class is capable of.”
“EDI will be moving into vehicle certification and durability testing next–seeking government certifications in key geographies in Asia. The company is also in discussions with several auto manufacturers for incremental development projects.”
Joerg Ferchau, CEO of Efficient Drivetrains said:
“The SUV market continues to demonstrate explosive growth in Asia and the Pacific Rim, and we consider it a prime, high-volume opportunity for EDI. We set out to develop a vehicle that goes well beyond consumer expectations, delivering an affordable PHEV SUV platform, with full-performance features. This is the first of its kind in this vehicle class.”