SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor) is launching the battery-electric Roewe E50 on the market in China. The company expects to sell 1,000 of them within the first year. The E50 is based on a newly developed electric vehicle platform.
|Roewe E50. Click to enlarge.|
With a 47 kW motor and a battery pack from A123 Systems (earlier post), the E50 has a range of 180 km (112 miles) and a top speed of up to 120 km/h (75 mph). The EV supports either 220V charging or fast charging, which can bring the battery to an 80% state of charge in 30 minutes.
The E50 uses several lightweight materials from Evonik for various applications to support reduced energy consumption and lower emissions, such as PLEXIGLAS material for the side screens, rear window and rear lamp, as well as ROHACELL rigid core material and an epoxy resin formulation based on VESTAMIN hardener technology for the engine hood.