Geely Emgrand EV may foreshadow future Volvo models

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Chinese automakers are selling large numbers of EVs at home, but so far, none has managed to crack the US or European passenger car markets. That could change before long – Auto Express reports that Geely, which owns Volvo, is rumored to be close to launching a new brand aimed at Europe, and that both EVs and hybrids are likely to be in the line-up.

Geely has tried to break into the UK and Australian markets in the past, but its vehicles didn’t seem to appeal to western consumers. Now, with former Volvo designer Peter Horbury in charge of design, Geely aims to deliver more exciting cars. The company has announced a plan that calls for 90 percent of sales to come from “new energy” vehicles by 2020.

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Auto Express managed to get a sneak peek at the Emgrand EV, an electric model based on one of China’s best-selling sedans. It includes tech that seems likely to appear in future Geelys for the European market, and possibly Volvos as well.

The Emgrand EV offers 125 bhp of power, and has a price tag of 249,800 Chinese Renminbi (around $37,300). Geely claims a range of around 155 miles. Auto Express gave the car a mostly positive review, noting that (no surprise here) acceleration is much better than the gas version, but found that the range fell short in real-world conditions.

 

Source: Auto Express

  • brian_gilbert

    How about leap-frogging. When will the first company offer a price for completely driverless cars to operate in a completely driverless zome. They would be under the control of a central control system like the railways using the road lanes as ‘lines’. A coumtry like the UK would require about 2 million. Singapore perhaps 200,000. Instead of a retail price of $35,000 perhaps it would drop to $20,000 per car. Wit one car per ten users that drops it to $2,000 per user.

    • Dennis Worley

      I agree….we need above in NZ

      • brian_gilbert

        If you are interested in pushing for it for NEw Zealand then the best approach is to do a spreadsheet to show the annual profit to be gained for the whole of New Zealand.
        Search the internet for ‘Driverless’ and note down relevant figures and the sources. Note all the objections and their rebuttals. You will come across a few books in your search. Buy some or get them through your library. Most of figures like current number of vehicles by type will be on the Ministry of Transport website for your country even if a couple of years old. The central computer control system may cost a significant sum but is a one off cost or may be rented. It could also be an extension of your railway signalling system Vehicle location will be by GPS and 2G or 5 G telephony, mostly. Vehicle location system in the car will be a small part of the price already mentioned as the electronics keep shrinking by the year. Surprising it has not started somehwere already but most countries have focussed on sharing the roads with human-drivers who keep crashing into each other or the driverless cars. Another difficulty is politics as people say things like what about all the drivers who will be put out of work. It needs a country like Singapore which wants to transfer people to higher paid work to overcome that one.

        • Dennis Worley

          Thanks ….a good idea!

          • brian_gilbert

            Completely Driverless not just mixed.
            [: It needs no capital as it doubles the capacity of the existing roads. Thus many road expansion projects can be deferred or cancelled.
            2: Only a about a tenth of the number of existing vehicles are required because they will be available up to 24 hours a day.
            3: 80% of existing parking space will be freed for other use.
            4: Vehicles all electric so pollution cut to the bone saving alternative pollution reduction expenditure.
            5: Journey times halved as roads cleared of parked vehicles and congestion avoided by central computer control system.
            6: Vehicles maintained by licencees who hire them by the trip like taxis. Trains, Busses and coaches also operate under control of same control system.
            7: Fuel (electricity cost) 2p a mile for car size vehicle.
            8: Savings to health service by virtual eleimination of road deaths and injuries.

            Current Personal Rapid Transit Systems and trials only use abot a humdred vehicles so a trial with a thousand vehicles is needed before expanding further.

    • Waiting to be bribed

      Hackers would have a field day. Imagine the chaos that could be caused! Individual control is safer.