GM’s Baojun E100 Surges To 1,700 Sales In China For October

NOV 23 2017 BY MARK KANE 11

Earlier this year GM, through its joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling, introduced its all-electric, two-seat, Baojun E100; a model that has now found sales success.

SAIC-GM-Wuling Baojun E100 (Image Credit: General Motors)

It seems that lowering pricing to the no brainer level of RMB 35,800 (~US $5,300) after subsidies, is the way to best crack the Chinese market.

In October alone, more than 1,700 Baojun E100 were sold in its launch market of Liuzhou, Guangxi! Even the smart fortwo electric drive should be jealous.

It is too early to peg ultimate demand, but the sales ceiling for a 155 km (96 miles) city BEV like the E100 could be in thousands at that price.

Baojun E100 specs:

  • 155 km (96 miles) range
  • 29 kW and 110 Nm electric motor
  • top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph)
  • fully charged in 7.5 hours

As a comparison, the Chevrolet Volt available in China as the Buick Velite 5 attracted nearly 1,300 customers between April and September of 2017 (with record of 364 in September).

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11 Comments on "GM’s Baojun E100 Surges To 1,700 Sales In China For October"

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Were all 1,700 sales in one city??

At that price they could sell thousands a month in the US or EU although a US veraion would probably need more range…
It will be intersting to see the mass of BEVs roll out in China as manufactures scramble to meet the new mandatws even if we cannot buy any…

I keep waiting for China to say to GM – thanks, we can do all our in-house design now – thanks for showing us all your manufacturing tricks, bye and good luck!

That would be great, that would mean that the Chinese manufacturing and car industries would have matured.

I keep waiting for US to wake up and realize they are played. Maybe the price to sell in China is too high and foreign manufacturers should reconsider.

Mercedes offers us the smart fortwo ed 2017.

Which this car, shall we say, Resembles.

The smart has a Mulrooney stated range of 58 miles, and has a slightly higher speed it sells for $28,000-$30,000.

It looks like China wins! Or, should we say, smart has outsmarted itself.

The Smart ED is disappointing, but it’s also dangerous to compare ranges across different countries. If Chinese range is closer to European standards then the Baojun 100 would have pretty similar range. If range is higher, it’s probably just due to a denser battery pack.

Also, the crumple zones on the Baojun appear almost nonexistent. The car looks like a death trap to me. Comparing the crash results in the video to those of the Smart, it looks like the Smart has a lot more crumple zone.

Overall the only things this car has going for it is that it’s cheap and can fit in small spaces. I probably wouldn’t buy one even for $5000 knowing that it probably isn’t remotely safe in a crash.

I should say the Smart has more crumple zone, a lot is sort of overstating the case. And the Smart also isn’t high on the list of being safe in a crash either.

Need to ban all the unnecessarily large SUVs on the road that make little cars feel unsafe.

Yes,at least put a “road kill” tax on them! Say one thousand dollars a year! Actually we should have two separate tax, one for actually killing the infrastructure, that should be weighed according to the vehicle’s weight, another for polluting the air that should be proportional to the mpg rating!

Who gets to decide what is unnecessary? Mandatory advanced autonomous features like Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Stop would make ALL cars much safer than just a ban on big cars. Banning large cars is unrealistic, why don’t you focus on something that can actually be done.

Coming from Texas, where over half of all the vehicles are trucks (I have visited Texas several times, and lived there for weeks) it is obvious that you will defend the big vehicles. But for the great majority of U.S. residents that live in cities and big towns, a smaller EV is more useful and safer. So if you cannot stand a ban on big vehicles, maybe some other States with smarter legislators will vote against them and apply such “road kill” taxes to pay for free charging infrastructure that city residents need.