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General Motors launches its cheapest electric car yet

14 August 2017

Under one of its Chinese subsidiary companies, GM reveals the Baojun E100 which can travel up to around 100 miles on a single charge and costs less than £5,000.

GM reveals the Baojun E100 (Credit: General Motors)

The E100 is powered by a single motor that produces 110 Nm of torque and 29kW of motoring power. It can travel up to 96 miles on a single charge making it a good choice for many urban daily commutes in China. The lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged in 7.5 hours. It is capable of capturing energy through a regenerative braking system.

With a wheelbase of 1,600mm and height of 1,670mm, the compact E100 seats up to two adults comfortably. Its turning radius of 3.7m enables it to get in and out of tight spaces conveniently. The vehicle has a maximum speed of 62mph, allowing it to travel on local roads and urban expressways.

The E100 has an independent front-wheel suspension and single-arm rear suspension. Its impressive list of safety features includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electric power steering, an electronic parking brake, parking sensors, ISOFIX locks for child safety seats and a pedestrian alert system.

Its 7in screen and Wi-Fi enable E100 users to enjoy infotainment and remain connected while on the road. The electric vehicle is also available with a touchpad, air filter and keyless entry on the premium Zhixiang variant.

GM’S subsidiary SAIC-GM-Wuling announces it is available in two variants, priced at less than £5,000 after national and local subsidies.

The new car is only being rolled out in China with no plans to appear in the UK any time soon.

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