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Chinese Tesla rival is planning to launch a $7,800 ‘ultra-compact’ electric car in 2018 with changeable batteries

Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:34 pm

This is really noteworthy news. Swappable batteries we have been hearing that this must be coming soon as there are some big ev claims and goals coming up. The article talks a lot about the size of a small compact car and the proposed SUV when I was hoping to read more details about he interchangeable batteries. Two great video's on the site as well
......The electric car market continues to heat up with new entrants looking to take on the likes of Tesla and traditional automakers in the space.

Chinese start-up CHJ Automotive is the latest player looking to come to market. The company is currently developing two vehicles – an "ultra-compact" electric car, and a hybrid SUV.

Co-Founder Kevin Shen did not reveal the names of the vehicles, hoping to keep them a surprise until later, but did reveal to CNBC that the company is aiming for a launch in March 2018 for the compact car.

CHJ Automotive have not released official images yet of the car, but showed CNBC some of the initial designs of the ultra-compact vehicle. The car is 2.5 meters long and 1 meter wide. It runs on two batteries which are swappable, meaning that the car won't need to stop for too long at a charging station to re-juice. Google's in-car operating system called Android Auto is equipped in the vehicle

It will be priced at between 7,000 euros ($7,824) and 8,000 euros. ... eries.html

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Re: Chinese Tesla rival is planning to launch a $7,800 ‘ultra-compact’ electric car in 2018 with changeable batteries

Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:48 pm

Today, American race car firm Panoz and its electric car company partner, Green4U, unveiled plans to create an all-electric endurance car with the ambitious goal of entering the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car, called the Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV, promises competitiveness against traditional internal combustion-powered cars, as well as hybrid cars. If it's able to compete at all, that is.


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The GT-EV is only a concept for now, but promises a host of tech that could make it a real contender once next year's race comes along. Regenerative braking, a carbon-fiber chassis, all-wheel drive, and up to 603 horsepower are just a few of the promised specs.

Perhaps the most unique part about the GT-EV is its tandem cockpit design, which features a narrow driver's compartment on the left, and space for a removable 1000-pound battery on the right. Panoz expects to see 90 to 110 miles of range per battery, and according to Autoweek, the team will swap through around 10 units during a race.

The car, which also promises a 180-mph top speed and active aerodynamics, is set to be presented to the ACO—sanctioning body for the 24 Hours of Le Mans—this weekend. If the ACO likes what they see, it may grant Panoz a spot to field the GT-EV in 2018 as a Garage 56 exhibition.

Panoz also plans on developing a road-going version of the GT-EV, which will use the same cockpit design, but have a single, non-removable battery that must be recharged like a normal EV. The road car is in early development stages for now, but Panoz has released a couple of renderings for us to enjoy. ... n4u-gt-ev/

They have some renderings on the site . Check them out at the link. See how fast these ideas come to light. India needs swapping batteries to achieve its 2030 ev goals. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes then us regular folks know about :)

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