Chery plans model lineup with ‘E0X’ tech platform

The Chinese car manufacturer Chery has unveiled its E0X vehicle platform, which is suitable for both electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Based on this platform, a total of 15 BEV and 24 PHEV models are to be offered over the next two years.

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The vehicle platform covers the A to C segment with various body shapes and up to seven seats and enables front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. The Exeed Sterra ES saloon model based on this platform was launched on the Chinese market in December 2023 and will also be available on overseas markets, including Germany, from this year under the Chery brand Exlantix.

The Luxeed S7 from Chery and Huawei, which is available in China, also uses the E0X platform. Chery’s first electric car, the Omoda 5 EV, is set to be launched in Germany under this brand in the first half of 2024. However, the 5 EV is still based on a combustion model sold in China and therefore not on the E0X platform.

However, the E0X will later be used not only by Exlantix, but also by Omoda and Jaecoo. Jaecoo is an off-road brand that is to bring Land Rover-style SUVs onto the market. The compact SUV Jaecoo 7 and the larger Jaecoo 8 have also been announced for Germany. No details of the technology have yet been released.

E0X is an 800-volt platform

Data is now available for the Exeed Sterra ES, the first model on the E0X: The almost five-metre-long saloon has an even three-metre wheelbase – incidentally, Chery still refers to this size as the C-segment. The battery installed in the underbody works with a system voltage of 800 volts and should be able to charge from 30 to 80 per cent in 15 minutes – Chery does not specify the duration of the usual charging stroke from ten to 80 per cent, which means that it cannot be compared with other models. The size of the battery is also not specified. The stated consumption of 11.7 kWh/100 km could be matched by other saloons, but probably not by Jaecoo’s SUV models.

Instead of the electric drive, the focus is on other functionalities: in the press release, Chery presents the EEA 5.0 electronic architecture, for example, which offers a computing power of up to 1,000 TOPS (Tera Operations per Second). The platform is also designed to fulfil “five-star safety in the areas of passive safety, active safety, battery safety, functional safety and information security”.

“The new E0X NEV platform is an important investment in the future to build on our previous successes. E0X’s special features include a high degree of flexibility: it enables both PHEV and pure EV systems, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive,” explains Charlie Zhang, Executive Vice President (EVP) at Chery International. “In the last four months of 2023, Chery has sold more than 200,000 units per month, with a cumulative sales volume of more than 1.88 million units in 2023. The export figures have exceeded 937,000 units, which is the best performance in the company’s history.”

In case you’re wondering what the abbreviation of the platform means, the “E” in E0X is supposed to stand for “Electric” and “represents Chery’s commitment to expand in the new energy sector and the determination to continuously develop and innovate”. According to the company, the “0” stands for a new technical beginning, for the start of a journey in the high-end NEV sector with the aim of developing sustainable and green solutions. The ‘X’ is intended to symbolise “the infinite expansion possibilities of the platform”, which covers the A to C segment of SD/SUV/MPV models with five-, six- and seven-seater variants.

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