SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM’s Chinese joint venture, has launched the brand’s first EV, the Baojun E100. Available in two variants, it is priced at RMB 35,800 ($5,290) after national and local subsidies. Sales will initially be limited to the Guangxi region, but demand is strong – the company received more than 5,000 pre-orders.
The E100 is powered by a single motor that produces 110 N·m (74 lb-ft) of torque and 29 kW of power. It has a range of 96 miles and a maximum speed of 62 mph. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, parking sensors, ISOFIX locks for child safety seats and a pedestrian alert system. A 7-inch screen and Wi-Fi are standard; a touchpad, air filter and keyless entry are included on the premium Zhixiang variant.
The Buick Regal is extremely popular in China – more than 1.1 million have been delivered since its introduction there in 2002. The latest model is available in ten variants, one of them a hybrid.