Qiantu, a Chinese car company owned by CH-Auto (another Chinese automotive company) will begin production of the K50 electric sports coupe in 2020. After an agreement signed with Mullen Technologies, the production will be made and sold in the United States. The manufacturing process will be using a mix of local and imported components. Mullen is a California-based, American vehicle manufacture and distributor. Against the grain, a Chinese company is utilizing an American company to manufacture and distribute a vehicle. The assumption is the production plant will be Mullen’s facility in New Moreno, California, after a press release announcing plans for collaboration with CH-Auto at that plant.
The Qiantu K50 sports car will deliver 402 horsepower, powered from two electric motors. Acceleration to 62 mph takes 4.6 seconds and can reach 124-mph at top speeds. It will have a 78-kWh battery pack, allowing for an estimated 236 miles of electronic motoring per charge. It has a pure EV drivetrain, compatible to the BMW i8. The K50 has an aluminum frame and carbon fiber body closures, meaning the car is going to be fairly expensive, though Mullen has promised an “expectedly affordable cost”. Starting in August, clients can buy a K50 in China for $109,320.
According to Automotive News, Qiantu’s manufacturing facility in China has the capacity to produce as many as 50,000 vehicles per year. No news on the production quantities here in the United States, for now limited reservations will begin sometime in 2019. Finally, China’s influence of electric vehicles is making its way to the United States. Hopefully, this will be the opportunity for smaller companies to create buzz and opportunities for more EVs.
Writen by: Andee Oehm
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