GAC: Aion S Beats Tesla Model 3 Range: Or Does It?

FEB 9 2019 BY MARK KANE 33

Is there substance behind the claims or is it just pure marketing?

Chinese manufacturer GAC NE, the new energy vehicle arm under Chinese automaker GAC Group, once again aims at Tesla. The automaker compares the upcoming Aion S all-electric model to the Tesla Model 3.

In its latest press release, GAC says that several companies are looking to “dethrone Tesla from the top spot” (no surprise here). GAC NE is “one of those businesses that aims to directly compete against the automotive brand.”

One of the first areas of comparison is the range of Aion S and Model 3:

  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range is rated at 310 miles (499 km) under EPA test cycle
  • Aion S can run up to 392 miles (630 km) according to GAC, but the company didn’t provide details about the test cycle other than to mention “hypermiling,” which, if that’s the case, the Model 3 goes 606 miles then and beats the Aion S.

The Claims

GAC’s words are pretty defiant, but it needs yet to prove the real-world performance in independent tests:

“While countless issues have plagued the Tesla Model 3’s production and delivery process, GAC NE, a giant Chinese automaker that is going electric, has just established a new ‘hypermiling’ record in an Aion S, its electric vehicle model to be rolled out in May 2019.

By traveling 392 miles (630 km) on a single charge, GAC NE’s Aion S is beating Tesla Model 3’s highest driving mileage, 310 miles (499 km) for the Long-range version.

It marks Aion S to be the top-rated EV car with the best battery performance.”

The interesting part is about the latest generation of CATL batteries, but again without details:

“Aion S is bringing technical advancements in the use of energy. It is not only the world’s first model that deeply integrated the high-performance three-in-one electrical drive system, but it is the first to carry the latest generation of ternary lithium-ion battery produced by CATL, the world’s largest maker of battery cells for electric vehicles.”

First deliveries of Aion S are scheduled for May 2019. Tesla should by that time start deliveries of Model 3 in China, so we will be able to see how both new models progress.

More details below:

“GAC NE early announced that the Aion S will be available in May 2019. Production for the EV will take place in GAC NE’s brand-new manufacturing factory in Guangzhou. Equipped with an aerodynamic exterior, Aion S takes on a very sleek design and robust LED headlights.When it comes to autonomous driving features, Aion S leads the industry as the first mass-produced EV car with level 4 autonomous driving within designated area. The EV sedan provides automated parking assistance, cruise assistance and traffic congestion assistance. The level 2 autonomous driving enables drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel for short periods of time, as the car performs various maneuvers.

With the global rapid development of EVs, GAC NE has been in a strong position since its birth in 2017. New technologies, new manufacturing, new products, new ecology, and new brand are driving GAC NE to a new milestone. GAC NE has made significant moves to become a leading EV brand.”

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33 Comments on "GAC: Aion S Beats Tesla Model 3 Range: Or Does It?"

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Great design tho

Are you kidding? It looks like a Corolla

BOld claims about a car that has not been produced yet. i am sure even the Chinese don’t trust Chinese automaker claims. They know Tesla is coming and in panic mode, and over-reaching with claims.

The Chinese are pretty hard nosed about their own products, where there are any quality issues they go for foreign products very readily, even at higher cost. Chinese made Model 3 will crush the top of the market, but most Chinese electrics are much cheaper (and less ambitious) and face no foreign competition, (unless and until VW stops talking and starts selling).

Ok, a great looking Corolla then

Corolla sell you know that

You forgot /s

The first real competition in EVs is brewing up in China. Good for the imdustry and the globe.

Just forget Renault-Nissan and Jaguar, Audi, VAG 😉

Well competition at least in telling you how good their vehicles are, which this may turn out to be too. In the long run any good try is better than none.
But as you point out there are others in the race.
The iPace just got Car of the Year, viewers choice award, from Autoweek.

No mention of the capacity of the battery in energy units? Like that’s real credible!?

Yea, this sounds like a bit much. But I also know another company that always brags about their cells, but doesn’t like to tell their capacity.

So they already have learned from Tesla! I guess we will soon see some comparisons IRL. I don’t expect much, but who knows…

That’s just because US Americans get scared by numbers. Ask the president

WE americans, not “us”. But aside from grammar issues, i agree with you

He may have meant U.S Americans, as opposed to Canadian, Mexican, Brazilian type Americans.

You realize Tesla doens’t share what the battery capacity of any of their vehicles is, right?

People have determined what they are, but Tesla isn’t particularly open about the numbers. They never were with the 3, and they recently removed the numbers for the S and X.

“established a new ‘hypermiling’ record in an Aion S, its electric vehicle model to be rolled out in May 2019.

By traveling 392 miles (630 km) on a single charge, GAC NE’s Aion S is beating Tesla Model 3’s highest driving mileage, 310 miles (499 km) for the Long-range version.“

That’s embarrassing to even mention. EPA vs Hypermiling should not be in a press release. Or 606 miles here: https://insideevs.com/driverless-tesla-model-3-sets-new-hypermiling-recod/

@Chris5168 said: “…EPA vs Hypermiling should not be in a press release…”
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I agree… the mileage comparison is intentionally misleading.

Disappointing to see INSIDEEVs taking the fake news bait.

We’ll add something. However, the subhead reads:

Is there substance behind the claims or is it just pure marketing?

The article goes on the say THE CLAIMS:

GAC’s words are pretty defiant, but it needs yet to prove the real-world performance in independent tests:

Mark was clearly aware that GAC likes to target Tesla, and he remained skeptical throughout.

@Steven Loveday said: “We’ll add something. However, the subhead reads:

Is there substance behind the claims or is it just pure marketing?…”
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Thanks.

If marketing it would be *deceptive* marketing rather than “pure” marketing.

In addition, GAC’s definition of hypermiling isn’t clear, and it seems they don’t even really know what that means.

Eric added: “Aion S can run up to 392 miles (630 km) according to GAC, but the company didn’t provide details about the test cycle other than to mention “hypermiling,” which if that’s the case, the Model 3 goes 606 miles then and beats the Aion S.

GAC: Aion S Beats Tesla Model 3 Range: Or Does It?”

Thanks for bringing it up so that we could clarify it.

GAC may think hypermiling is like Gigafactory or Supercharger – just a term for a car that gets a LOT of miles on a charge.

I’d guess this is the 60 km/h constant speed range test.
https://twitter.com/GregKable/status/1085817874269200385

Might as well be hypermiling. BYD’s new EV500 is supposed to do 500 km on 42 kWh. Model 3 LR would do 800+ km.

@CDAVIS you said “Disappointing to see INSIDEEVs taking the fake news bait.”

It’s called reporting, they were clearly quoting the press release and not editorial.

Hypermiling is very location specific so should not be included as you say.
It would be good to have a proper hypermiling competition that is run over the same roads and as the same time.
That we we can establish the proper bragging rights.

For more context the 24kWh Leaf achieved 188 miles on a single charge.
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?t=7022

The Chevy Bolt has driven 466 miles on a single charge. https://electrek.co/2017/09/13/chevy-bolt-ev-travels-750-km-466-miles-single-charge/

At this point I think 300 mile range under NORMAL driving conditions for a currently available production car is the benchmark. Anything less is not news worthy.

They specifically say this was with hypermiling. IIRC, the Model 3 has gone over 400 miles with these driving techniques.

Doesn’t hypermiling imply that they achieved that mileage under ideal conditions? If so (and not just a translation issue), that wouldn’t be comparable to EPA test results. I thought hypermilers managed something like 600 MILES in the model 3. The rest of the press release sounds so inconsistent it’s difficult to take seriously. What’s a 3 in 1 electrical drive system (sounds a bit like a phev)? Does it offer level 2 or level 4 autonomy?

How ridiculous. They say themselves that the “range” was a hypermiling record, don’t they? Bjørn Nyland drove the Kona 830 km, and it has significantly less range than a Model 3 LR (but significantly more than Model 3 base, which will be closer in price).

Wish you’d write about the Chinese EV makers and their plans to enter Western markets in a more serious manner. Not everything has to be viewed through a Tesla lense or from a Tesla angle. They make some good cars, but they’re still a baby in the industry, making fewer cars annually than each of several large players do in a month — never mind how many F-150 trucks Ford shifts in a couple of weeks. All I’m saying is dial it back a bit.

@Terawatt said: “… Wish you’d write about the Chinese EV makers and their plans to enter Western markets in a more serious manner. Not everything has to be viewed through a Tesla lense or from a Tesla angle…”
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Per the article, it is GAC ( the Chinese car maker of the Aion S) that is viewing/marketing the Aion S through a Tesla lense… in an aggressive and perhaps a deceptive way.

Irrespective of GAC themselves referencing Tesla, Tesla is because of its EV market dominance the natural car maker that other EV car makers will be compared to.

What about the pickup, if its a slow car, then it can outdo Model-3 in range. Makes sense, everyone don’t want fast cars.
But we should not compare it with Model-3.

You have to feel sorry for an auto maker which brags about a hypermiling record, then compares that to a Tesla car’s actual EPA rating. Maybe GAC will grow up and become a real EV maker some day, altho that’s probably too optimistic.

I do like the design of the car, though. Good to see that not every Chinese auto maker is in love with putting a huge faux grille on their car.

This is exactly why Chinese consumers avoid domestic brands if they can at all afford to: they know they’ll be scammed. Doubling down on lies is not going to help GAC convince the Chinese consumer that has long since learned never to trust a Chinese company. Such is the state of Chinese society.

Range / efficency can affected by many factors, including the weight of the car. Good noise insulation for example (see Audi) adds more weight but you have a better driving experience.