It looks like the smart fortwo is about to have some worthy and very affordable competition...at least in China that is.
SAIC-GM-Wuling has launched the Baojun E100. It's the first pure electric offering from the brand and will be available in two variants starting at RMB 35,800 (~US $5,300) after subsidies.
The E100 finds power from one motor, which puts out 110 N·m (74 lb-ft) of torque and 29 kW of power. It's the ideal city car for China, with a range of up to 155 km (96 miles) on a single charge. Additionally, it has the capability to travel on the expressway, with its top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph). The E100 can be fully charged in 7.5 hours, and uses regenerative braking to add range while driving.
SAIC-GM-Wuling Baojun E100 Interior. (Image Credit: General Motors)
The stylish and tiny urban EV measures 1,600 mm at its wheelbase, with a height of 1,670 mm. It seats two adults comfortably and has an impressive turning radius of 3.7 meters, meaning it can easily maneuver in and out of China's cramped parking spaces and congested alleys.
The E100 comes with a handful of basic safety features, including a pedestrian alert system, parking sensors, and child safety seat locks. It also includes standard anti-lock brakes, electric power steering, and an electronic parking brake. Suspension is independent up front, with single-arm in the rear.
Interior features include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system and onboard Wi-Fi. The premium version gets a touchpad controller, keyless entry, and an air filter.
Sales started in Liuzhou, Guangxi in July, but were limited to 10 vehicles. Over 5,000 people applied to get a hand on the first 200 E100s. However, only another 500 will be available in Guangxi presently.
According to General Motors:
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang and Wuling brands. In 2016, GM delivered more than 3.8 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.