GAC Enverge Electric CUV: 373-Mile Range, 10-Minute Charge For 240 Miles

GAC Enverge

JAN 17 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 18

Those figures are almost surely not EPA-derived numbers though.

The Guangzhou Automobile Co. (GAC), China’s 6th largest automaker, is coming to America, possibly as soon as late 2019. When it does, it may eventually offer an all-electric crossover with DNA that be traced back to the Enverge concept that it has just unveiled in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

According to Autocar, the concept is fitted with a 71 kWh battery over-optimistically said to be capable of achieving a 373-mile range. (One might expect a figure closer to 250 miles if rated by the EPA.) Featuring all-wheel drive, it boasts 235 horsepower and 302 lb-feet of twist which can propel it to 62 miles per hour from a dead stop in a startling 4.4 seconds. With a top speed of 99 mph, it would be capable of breaking speed limits, but not able to out run law enforcement if it does.

Of all the specs, charging speed is the most notable for a couple of reasons. First, GAC’s vice-president of engineering, Zhang Ian, says it can accommodate 240 miles worth of charge in ten minutes. We estimate that would translate to 160 EPA-standard miles in ten minutes, which is still pretty impressive.The kicker: according to The Verge, it can do so wirelessly. Now that we’d have to see to believe.

GAC Enverge

GAC Enverge

It’s unknown, exactly, what parts of the Enverge may survive the translation to a production vehicle. It’s quite unlikely, for instance, to be a coupe, and what doors it does sport won’t open à la Lamborghini. Also, the interior won’t have that aircraft-style yoke for a steering wheel, nor will those concept-y seats embrace the backsides of its passengers. It might not even be sold under the less-than-palatable GAC nameplate. Hopefully, the drivetrain, at least, would survive the process.

If an electric Enverge of some sort does appear in U.S. showrooms — with attendance at the upcoming National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual conference confirmed, GAC is very likely to adopt the dealership sales model — it won’t be complemented by other battery-powered vehicles. At least, not at first. Plans call for the internal combustion-powered GS8 SUV to be the first vehicles belonging to the brand to go on sale here.

Source: Wards Auto, Autocar, The Verge

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18 Comments on "GAC Enverge Electric CUV: 373-Mile Range, 10-Minute Charge For 240 Miles"

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Doggydogworld
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Doggydogworld

At first glance the front view looks like it has exterior airbags!

John
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John

This just in: yet another EV concept car that will never reach productions! Oh, and it has a fake (NEDC) listed range of 350 miles (meaning it really doesn’t have that REAL range).

For the love of God, can’t we just get 1) a REAL vehicle that will see production, 2) A vehicle that has an accurately reported range, and finally 3) a vehicle that will be produced sometime sooner than the constant “3-5 years from now..”??

Asking too much?

ffbj
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ffbj

It’s asking and expecting too much.

William
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William

Your not asking too much!
The huge stretch between these 60-80 kWh battery concepts, and their purported mileage claims, borders on misleading or “fake” news.

When will these Chinese manufacturers, that don’t have any cars for sale in North America, be a little more realistic about their brand and EV launch plans, here in the States. BYD was a classic example of setting up shop and then later pulling the plug, and delaying their planned rollout.

Steven
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Steven

And what is it that I always say?

Until it’s available in Pennsylvania, it’s vaporware to me.

Now do you see my point m

Spoonman.
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Spoonman.

What is going on with InsideEV’s Twitter account? It’s posting a giant number of articles – did your draft section accidentally get linked up?

Steven Loveday
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Working on it. Glitch

Gasbag
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Gasbag

The adjusted specs should be doable. With a 71kWh ESU that can handle ~4C a. ~300 kW charger would be more than adequate. we’ve seen more than one vendor announce 5C capable cells and I believe CATL has had that available for sometime now. I’m surprised we haven’t seen these on super cars and premium badges already.

philip d
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philip d

“One might expect a figure closer to 250 miles if rated by the EPA.) Featuring all-wheel drive, it boasts 235 horsepower and 302 lb-feet of twist which can propel it to 62 miles per hour from a dead stop in a startling 4.4 seconds. With a top speed of 99 mph, it would be capable of breaking speed limits, but not able to out run law enforcement if it does.”

I hope it costs less than the LR Model 3. With the long range model 3 you get almost the same 0-60 time (vbox runs from multiple sources are getting 4.6-4.8 seconds regularly). You get a longer range of 310 miles. You also get a top speed of 140 mph vs. 99 mph. And you get doors that can open in a parking lot with other cars.

I’m sure with the dual drive version of the Model 3 it will be even quicker than this thing. The vaporware charging speed is the only thing this EV offers over what already exists right now.

South Waves
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South Waves

And where could a top speed of 140 mph be useful?, last time I checked highest speed limit in the US was 85 mph. I think that unless the car is a Porsche/Ferrari/Lambo/McLaren that you “Might” use in a track sometime, making a car capable of going over 100 mph is just wasting resources in bragging rights (ok special versions for Germany might be considered). So an SUV that’s capable of going 15 mph higher than the highest speed limit is “fast enough” for me.

Asak
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Asak

I agree. I’d also go one step further and say that limiting the car to 99 mph is probably doing the driver a favor too. That’s already a pretty excessive speed for actual use. 140 mph is not useful except for on the track, which is to say worthless for at least 90% of us.

Erwin
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Erwin

Keep an eye on GAC: Fiat (F in FCA) has a 50:50 joint-venture with GAC since 2010.

FCA CEO Mr Marchionne yesterday said even Ferrari will make a BEV supercar and a SUV, after years of downplaying automotive electrification.

May the GAC Enverge borrow some electric technology to the Ferrari SUV? Or vice versa?

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wavelet

“It’s unknown, exactly, what parts of the Enverge may survive the translation to a production vehicle. It’s quite unlikely, for instance, to be a coupe, and what doors it does sport won’t open à la Lamborghini. Also, the interior won’t have that aircraft-style yoke for a steering wheel, nor will those concept-y seats embrace the backsides of its passengers. It might not even be sold under the less-than-palatable GAC nameplate. Hopefully, the drivetrain, at least, would survive the process.”

So basically, the entire “concept” is noise at this point. Why is it worthy of publishing?

Don Zenga
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Don Zenga

With the plugin vehicles sales surging to 777,000 last year, China is charging ahead.

Hope this GAC brings this version but with more conventional doors rather than these gullwing.

Bill Howland
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Bill Howland

no price tag?

Q
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Q

Why is no one questioning Fisker’s claimed range and charging capabilities promises but in case of an automotive company (although Chinese) so many doubts are being expressed?

Lars
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Lars

1.Does the world really need another gulwing car? Hard to open the door during the Xmas rush at Walmart.
2.China will overtake the US and the West in BEV technology, including batteries – if they have not already done so. Watch Chinese made, affordable battery electric SUVs (BESUV??)coming just around the corner. As soon as they can produce quality the game is over for the Big Three. Remember the Japanese “rust buckets” and the Hyundai Ponys?

Paul Smith
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Paul Smith

Enverge? An anagram of Revenge?