In China, SAIC-GM-Wuling lanched the Baojun E100 last year as an affordable “second car” to address the country’s congestion problems. The pint-sized electric car costs roughly $5,000 and offered a range of 96 miles at launch. But, Baojun has refreshed the electric car, which now offers 124 miles of range.
The China-only brand didn’t describe the tweaks made to squeeze more range out of the car, but we’d assume a new battery pack is in place to extend the range by 28 miles. Aside from the range bump, Bluetooth, an automatic pedestrian warning switch and the intelligent lock function for charging equipment round out additional upgrades.
Baojun didn’t mention any new performance stats, which means the E100 will still produce 9 horsepower and 81 pound-feet of torque. Regenerative braking also helps extend the electric car’s range.
Since its launch last summer, the E100 has sold 21,000 copies and Baojun will expand the car’s availability. Previously, the electric car was only offered in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; drivers in Qingdao and Shandong will now be able to purchase the car. Current conversion rates peg the car to start at around $7,000 USD.