The Chinese car brand Qiantu Motor is back with an affordable compact electric car. The Qiantu K20 has now gone on pre-sale in China at prices between 86,800 and 149,800 yuan (the equivalent of around 12,200 – 21,100 euros or $13,070 – $22,330).
The new battery-electric model is a two-door and two-seater. The Chinese carmaker is offering both a long-range version with one engine and a range of up to 500 kilometres according to Chinese standards and a four-wheel-drive version. The Qiantu K20 is said to be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The power of the all-wheel-drive model is only 160 kW, but the K20 is also supposed to weigh only 780 kilograms – therefore the power is sufficient for sporty driving performance on the level of much more powerful cars. Qiantu has not provided information on the size and technology of the battery.
With its driving performance, its dynamic design including two-colour paint (in sometimes striking combinations) and its relatively low price, the K20 should appeal to a younger clientele or at least young at heart. Press images also show the K20 drifting on a race track. The car is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2022.
At 3.74 metres long, the two-seater is 26 centimetres shorter than a BMW i3. The fact that the vehicle is only 1.62 metres wide is particularly evident when looking inside: the centre console between the two seats is extremely narrow.
The K20 is the brand’s second model after the K50 electric sports car. The 296 kW carbon two-seater was supposed to be launched on the US market in 2018 with the help of Mullen. Nothing came of this – at least in large numbers – and Mullen is now pushing ahead with its own plans (although the business model has been attacked by short-sellers). Whether Qiantu will be more successful with its focus on the domestic market will become clear at the end of the year.
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