Chery Auto Unveils its Frist Electric Car S18

SHANGHAI -: China's largest homegrown carmaker Chery Automobile has rolled out its first own-brand plug-in electric car model, reported today. The company says the electric car can run up to 150 km (94 miles) on a single charge.

The Chery S18 electric model has a top speed of 120 km per hour and can be fully charged at a home electrical outlet within 4-6 hours and 80% charged in half an hour, Chery said yesterday in a statement on its Website. The car uses iron-phosphate-based lithium-ion 


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"Our electric vehicle uses the world's latest technology, highly efficient energy conservation and is easy to use," Chery Auto's deputy general manager Yuan Tao said at a ceremony held earlier this week at the carmaker's headquarters in Wuhu city of eastern China's Anhui province.

"The pricing will be very suitable for families," Yuan said in a statement. The Chery S18 electric model reportedly will come to the market within a year for less than 100,000 yuan ($14,600) and the first batch of the car will be supplied to government agencies for trial use.

As a leader in China's own-brand vehicle making, Chery Auto started developing electric car models in 2001. The company has undertaken the country's many projects of new-energy vehicle since 2004 when a national technical center of energy-efficient, eco-friendly cars was set up in Chery.

Chinese carmakers are racing to launch new-energy cars and the country hopes to have 60,000 new energy vehicles on the roads by 2012. The government is also offering subsidies to buyers of hybrid, electric vehicles.

In December 2008, BYD launched China's first homegrown hybrid vehicle F3DM, which, priced at 150,000 yuan, can run 100 km on electricity and its battery can fully charge in 9 hours from a regular electrical outlet.

Source : (2/20/2009)

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