As is usually the case for the Chinese market, information about the all-new Baojun KiWi EV has been revealed slowly and gradually. After showing the first official images of the new minicar at the end of June, followed by the six distinctive color schemes in which it will be offered, SAIC-GM-Wuling has just officially announced the driving range of the fully electric KiWi EV.
General Motors’ second joint venture in China stated that the new Baojun KiWi EV includes a state-of-the-art battery pack with multiple enhancements that make daily use easier, offering a class-leading range of 305 kilometers or about 190 miles. As such, the KiWi EV maintains exactly the same range as the Baojun E300 Plus.
While maintaining the same battery setup and driving range as its predecessor, the all-new Baojun KiWi EV has added new intelligent features to bolster its practicality and market appeal. Improvements include a more advanced fast charging mode, a built-in 220V power supply to provide electricity as well as a smart battery management system through a mobile app.
The Baojun KiWi EV has two charging modes, including the usual trickle charge option at home and the new class-exclusive smart DC fast charging feature. This option offers the ability to fill the battery’s capacity from 30 to 80 percent in just one hour, and from 0 to 100 percent in less than two hours. As for the trickle charge feature, it provides a 7 kWh home charger that fully replenishes the battery in four to five hours.
Another new feature of the KiWi EV is a built-in 220V power supply that can not only provide emergency charging and rescue, but also meet the external power demand of kitchens and other electrical equipment. In addition, the battery management system through the app allows owners to program the most convenient charging times and to monitor the battery’s status in real time.
The all-new Baojun KiWi EV will officially launch during the third quarter of the year in China, the only country in the world where the Baojun brand is present so far. Like the current Baojun E300, the KiWi EV will come equipped with a rear axle-mounted electric motor producing 54 horsepower (40 kW) and 111 pound-feet (150 Nm) of torque, matched to a single-speed transmission.