Chinese GAC brand Trumpchi has announced details regarding its electrification strategy: Within the next five years, it plans to bring seven so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) to the market, among them not just EVs and PHEVs but also vehicles with range extender.
The brand says it seeks to sell at least 100,000 NEVs annually by 2020. As reported, Trumpchi is thinking of changing its name before entering the U.S. market to avoid association with the name of US president, Donald Trump.
Last July, the Guangzhou Automobile Group created a new EV subsidiary called GAC NEV. Its plant is currently in construction but the initial stage of the project should be completed before the year’s end, enabling an annual production capacity of 20,000 cars. Market launch of the subsidiary’s first model is scheduled for 2019.
Moreover, GAC plans to tackle the US market from next year onwards. For this reason, the group promoted its all-electric concept Enverge at the Detroit Motor Show. The prototype is the precursor of a futuristic SUV with wing doors and a 71 kWh battery. GAC says it has a range of up to 600 kilometres and the series version may charge inductively.
GAC is also about to team up with EV start-up Nio in order to create a joint venture. Both companies seek to join forces in the research and development of connected EVs and PHEVs and the production of car components.
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