TÜV Rheinland has given Aiways the EU-wide type approval of the Aiways U5 electric vehicle. Aiways reportedly wants to offer the electric car in Europe from 2020.
TÜV Rheinland tested the model under the requirements of the valid European Framework Directive for Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA). Samuel Fu of Aiways welcomed the TÜV approval and confirmed the electric vehicle would go “on sale in Europe from next year”.
Back at the first presentation of the all-electric SUV, Aiways had envisioned market entry in Northern Europe, meaning Norway, first. Also neighbouring Sweden and Germany were on the list as target markets.
The 4.70 metres long SUV has a 140 kW engine on the front axle, the range is said to be 460 kilometres, still according to NEDC. Prices are not yet known, but the media are speculating about a base price of around 25,000 euros.
The WVTA certification makes it the first electric vehicle from a Chinese manufacturer that can be sold in the European Union. For the occasion in Frankfurt, two Aiways U5 had driven more than 15,000 kilometres from the Chinese Xi’an via Russia, the Baltic States, Scandinavia, Denmark, the Benelux countries and France.