Human Horizons launches China distribution of the HiPhi Y

Chinese carmaker Human Horizons has started selling the third and most affordable model of its electric car brand HiPhi in China. The electric SUV HiPhi Y will be available for order in Europe later this year. In China, it is available in four variants starting at 339,000 yuan (42,000 euros).

The four variants of the HiPhi Y are different drive versions and equipment levels. The two lower-priced variants are fitted with an electric motor with 247 kW and a 76.6 kWh battery, which allows for a range of 560 kilometres according to the Chinese CLTC cycle. They cost 339,000 and 369,000 yuan, respectively, or 42,000 and 45,720 euros.

The version with the longest range starts at 399,000 yuan (49,435 euros). It has a 247 kW rear electric motor and a 115 kWh battery. It can go from zero to 100 kph in 6.8 and is thus a tenth of a second faster than the version with the small battery. CLTC range is 810 kilometres.

The top model for 449,000 yuan (55,630 euros) has electric all-wheel drive thanks to a 124 kW front engine. It also has a 115 kWh battery. The four-wheel drive can accelerate from a standstill to 100 kph in 4.7 seconds. The CLTC range is 765 kilometres.

The company does not provide any information about the charging capacity. It was already announced that the batteries are sourced from CATL and FinDreams, BYD’s battery division – but which manufacturer supplies the cells for the large or small battery is not known. The 369,000 yuan and 449,000 yuan models are equipped with LiDAR sensors, while the lidar is an optional extra for the 339,000 and 399,000 yuan versions.

The HiPhi Y will thus be a little cheaper than expected in China. In April, prices were expected to start at 400,000 yuan. As the CN EV Post writes, the pricing of the HiPhi Y was strongly influenced by the revised Nio ES6. The latter launched at the end of May at prices starting at 368,000 yuan (with four free battery changes per month). In June, the option of free battery changes was discontinued, and the price dropped to 338,000 yuan. The rival HiPhi Y (4.94 metres long, 2.95 metres wheelbase, 1.96 metres wide and 1.66 metres high) is thus only 1,000 yuan (124 euros) more expensive.

The first HiPhi Ys are already in showrooms in China, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in Europe in 2024. The prices for Germany have yet to be confirmed. The two top-of-the-range models, the HiPhi X and HiPhi Z, have been available for order in Germany since June – both at six-figure prices.


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