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BAIC-Atieva preview new Tesla-rivalling Chinese electric car

December 14, 2015

BAIC Group, known for manufacturing the Foton ute and having collaborations with Daimler/Mercedes-Benz, has released a teaser image of a purported Tesla-rivalling electric car.

BAIC Atieva

With a projected 480km full-charge range, thanks to a 23.4kWh battery pack, the fully electric car should be an interesting one to follow. It is being developed by Atieva, a Silicon Valley-based firm which BAIC intends to acquire a large stake of in the future. Atieva was initially established in 2007 by former Tesla VP Bernard Tse.

With the financial backing of BAIC as well as renowned component suppliers Siemens, Korean battery firm SK Group, and Italian design house CECOMP, the Atieva has some very accomplished partners behind it.

The teaser shows a sleek fastback coupe with a very small frontal area, sleek light treatment, and Lotus Excel-style upkicks in the rear windows. Although this is clearly a premium sports car product, it could lead to a more mainstream follow-up.

Early next year a new wave of mainstream entrants into the EV segment are being revealed. The production Chevrolet Bolt, an electric VW minivan concept, and an Audi concept are being shown at the Consumer Electronics show, while the Tesla Model III will also be shown in the first quarter of 2016.

The all-new BAIC vehicle is set to be revealed at next year’s Beijing Motor Show, starting April 25.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

  • QKodiak

    “With a projected 480km (298 miles) full-charge range, thanks to a 23.4kWh battery pack”

    Their is absolutely no way that they can make a street legal production EV much less a sports car with that much range utilizing such a small battery unless that’s the NEDC range rating, but even then… The 2016 Nissan Leaf achieves 107 miles (172 km) with a ~30kWh battery pack. The 2008 Tesla Roadster achieved a 245-mile range from a 56kWh battery pack.

    The longest range Tesla Model S 90D with its 90kWh battery pack isn’t even rated with that high a range (it can exceed that at highway rather than interstate speeds).

    This project is total vaporware. I could draw a better teaser image on a napkin.

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