People want electric vehicles in popular vehicle segments and SAIC is one of the companies answering the call in a big way.

Although some big players in the automotive industry say there is no demand for electric vehicles, many people actually want electric cars and want them as soon as possible. SAIC is a company that is largely answering the call for electric vehicles. SAIC Motor, China’s largest automaker, is delivering electric vehicles in segments people are crying about. After making significant inroads in Europe with several models, SAIC is now stepping up its efforts to reach more markets with its range of electric vehicles. SAIC was recently ranked 68th on Fortune’s latest Global 500 list with total revenue of $120.9 billion.

Every new electric vehicle is important and helps move potential purchases of new ICE vehicles, one vehicle at a time. There has been a lot of progress in electric vehicles over the past 12 years since the first mass production models, such as the first-generation Nissan Leaf. At that time, hundreds of electric vehicle companies were established in major automotive markets, including China, North America and Europe. Many of them focused on high-end models with all the bells and whistles. We get a lot of feedback from people around the world asking for more affordable vehicles. This is exactly what SAIC does!

Let’s look at some of the vehicles it offers in select European markets:

  1. Vans

Vans play a key role in the logistics and trade sectors. SAIC has the e DELIVER 3 and the e DELIVER 9.

The Maxus and DELIVER 3

Available in a 35 kWh or 52 kWh battery configuration with a 90 kW / 250 Nm motor, offering a good range of up to 213 miles / 344 km. The maximum payload is 945 kg excluding passengers. It starts from £34,000 in the UK.

The Maxus and DELIVER 9

The larger e Deliver 9 is available in a 51.5kWh, 72kWh or 88.55kWh battery configuration which produces a WLTP urban range of up to 219 miles / 353 km and 80% fast charging in 40 minutes. It has a 150kW / 310Nm motor. The maximum payload excluding passengers is 1290 kg.

  1. station wagons

The MG5 EV

Now in its second generation, the MG5 EV is an award-winning all-electric station wagon. It has up to 1367 liters of trunk volume. The new MG5 EV Long Range now features a 10.25″ color touchscreen, an iSMART user app to monitor vehicle status and plan charging, and a 360° parking camera in the top-of-the-range Long Range Trophy. The MG5 was well received and received rave reviews in the UK. It also has V2L functionality, allowing users to charge or power other electrical devices using the car battery. It has a 61 kWh battery. The long range version starts from £30,995. Station wagons are very popular in the UK and some European markets. It’s really good to see SAIC offering electric vehicles in this vehicle segment.

  1. Microphones

The Maxus T90EV

The Maxus T90EV is now available to order, with deliveries from Q1 2023. It starts from £49,950 excluding VAT. The T90EV is designed for on-road and off-road driving, fitted with a top-level specification and a contemporary, stylish interior. It has a range of 220 miles / 354 km (mixed city/highway WLTP driving cycle) and a payload of 1000 kg. The visually sporty exterior of the Maxus is complemented by a modern interior with a 10.25-inch digital touchscreen instrument cluster offering a minimalist look. The Maxus T90EV will arrive earlier than several other highly anticipated pickup trucks, showing SAIC’s commitment to providing electric vehicles in more vehicle categories as soon as possible.

Image courtesy Maxus

  1. Family Sedans

The magnificent MG4

Family saloons such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus are very popular in the UK and Europe. Small hatchbacks, for example the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, have dominated sales over the years. They are among the ten most common cars in the UK. Each of these models has over a million units sold in the UK to date.

The PSA Group claims that sedans are so popular because “Apart from their efficiency, sedans tend to be extremely practical city cars. Most are designed to be very reliable and are equipped with up-to-date safety features. Their low center of gravity makes them easy to drive, especially for new drivers looking for a first car. This maneuverability makes them particularly excellent for navigating small urban roads and parking where space is limited.

So sedans are a big deal in Europe. That’s why it’s very refreshing to see that SAIC has introduced an affordable family EV sedan that starts on par with the entry-level VW Golf internal combustion engine. The standard range MG4 EV SE starts at £25,995, the SE Long Range at £28,495 and the Trophy Long Range at £31,495. Compared to vehicles of a similar class, at £25,995 the MG4 will be a game changer.

  1. Affordable SUVs

The MG ZS EV

Now also on its second edition, the MG ZS EV has up to 273 miles of electric range, fast charging and a host of smart features as standard. There’s also “the same MG-branded functionality and styling, resulting in a long-range electric car that doesn’t compromise,” according to MG. The long-range MG ZS EV has a 72.6 kWh battery. The MG ZS EV starts from £29,495, which is a game-changer for a family SUV of this size.

Images courtesy of SAIC

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