China tried making their own version of Tesla. And here it is; Today, a Chinese manufacturer showcased a fully electric car that’s resembling Tesla’s Roadster. With the price of Tesla’s Model S, this brand new electric car is named as Qiantu K50.
Replicating computers to smartphones and now to cars. China has got everything. Making duplicates of almost any technology is their niche. Today, a fully functional electric car as Qiantu K50 is one of such replications.
Made by CH Auto, a third-party maker making their first-ever fully electric car, this Qiantu K50 is actually pronounced as Shi-aantu, meaning Future in Mandarin. This new electric car shines with an aluminum body and carbon fibre. The maker, CH Auto has established its own plant to manufacture their own carbon fibre to be used for this car.
The car will be powered by a 78.84 kWh lithium-ion battery, that can deliver a range of either 236 miles or 380 km based on NEDC cycle. Well, at least based on its EPA cycle, we can expect the maximum range to be around 220 miles. The lithium-ion battery can be charged up to 80% in just 40 minutes by its DC fast charging. This car has two electric motors, either at each axle to give a maximum power of 320 kW and in Boost mode, it can gain 580 Nm of torque.
This electric car can gain accelerate the speed of 0-60 mph in a span of 4.5 seconds, slightly slower than Tesla’s Model 3. Further, it has three driving modes as Eco, Sport, and Boost. With each mode having their own respective features, Eco mode, as usual, gives the maxim range by using dynamic 4-wheel drive system. Further, Sport mode functions in AWD mode with equal distribution of power to both ends.
At last, this Qiantu K50 is priced at $80,000 (after subsidies), which is the price of Tesla’s Model S 2019 version. The selling of these cars in the USA is licensed to Mullen technologies based in Southern California. Currently, as per reports, there are about 1000 Qiantu K50s made and will be sold from mid-2020 onwards.