Shanghai automaker Aiways to charge into European car market with its upcoming electric SUV and supercar.
The Chinese manufacturer to roll out its electric U5 crossover and Nathalie supercar at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. So, the company’s push into Europe will officially begin in March.
Pricing is promised to be competitive for the U5. With spirited safety and connectivity, the SUV will be offered as a more affordable alternative to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi E-Tron.
Coming with powertrain and body structure that are “highly innovative”, the U5 is expected to become “one of the safest” and “most technologically advanced” mid-sized crossover in its quickly growing segment in Europe.
Aiways is relatively new to the game. The company was established in 2017 by Gary Gu (CEO) and Samuel Fu (president). Today it has over 1100 employees who work across its R&D department, battery making and car production facilities. The U5 will be the firm’s first model to get into mass production and sport a close likeness to an electric crossover concept displayed at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show.
Aiways is just one of the Chinese automakers that are eager to conquer some parts of the European market. Yes, its move is the most recent in a series of large-scale pushes by Chinese manufacturers. Last year, Chery Automobile began operating its new plant in Germany, and China’s long-standing largest marque, Haval, plans to commence selling overseas its variety of low-cost crossovers in the coming years.
Aiways also slots in Gumpert Aiways led by Roland Gumpert, the man responsible for the design of the Apollo supercar that broke the Nurburgring lap record. In addition to the U5, Aiways will also unveil at Geneva the RG Nathalie methanol fuel cell-powered electric supercar, which is the first of its kind in the world.
Equipped with four electric motors, each generating 137 bhp and 170 lb-ft of torque, the Nathalie is expected to be capable of hitting 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and have a top speed of 190 mph. A groundbreaking methanol fuel cell stack manufactured by Danish company Serenergy is said to give more efficient electrical than standard hydrogen cells. It’s also claimed to be capable of providing a range of 530 miles.
Now if you’re curious about the price of the methanol-powered Gumpert RG Nathalie, it’s likely to cost from approximately €400,000 or equivalent to $457,170.