One company that is answering the call for electric cars in various segments that people have been crying out for and doing so in a big way is SAIC Motor. SAIC Motor is China’s largest car manufacturer. After making significant inroads into 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 number 68 Fortunes latest Global 500 list with total revenue of $120.9 billion.
SAIC is stepping it up a notch by introducing more EVs to the European market to add to the wide range of its EVs under the various brands already available in Europe. This week at IAA Transportation 2022, SAIC showcased a new electric trio, the MIFA 9 PMV, the T90 EV pickup, both of which were presented to the German public for the first time, and a fully electric 7.5 ton truck that was on the way for its European premiere in Hannover, Germany.
The MIFA 9 is a 5.27 meter long 7-seater MPV introduced in the passenger transport segment. The acronym stands for “Maximum, Intelligent, Friendly and Artistic.” SAIC says the MIFA 9 combines generous space with a high level of comfort. It comes with a wide range of assistance systems to ensure maximum safety. Its 180 kW/245 hp electric motor provides a torque of 350 Nm. It has a 90 kWh high-voltage battery that provides a range of up to 440 kilometers (WLTP combined cycle).
The Maxus T90EV was also on display. The Maxus T90EV is already available to order in the UK, with deliveries starting in Q1 2023. It starts from £49,950, excl. VAT. Designed for both on- and off-road driving, the T90EV is equipped with a high level spec and a modern and stylish interior. It has a range of 220 miles / 354 km (WLTP combined city/highway driving) and a payload of 1000 kg. The Maxus’ visually sporty exterior is complemented by a modern interior with a 10.25-inch digital touchscreen instrument cluster that provides a minimalist look. The Maxus T90EV will arrive earlier than several other highly anticipated pickups, demonstrating SAIC’s commitment to deploying electric vehicles in multiple vehicle classes as soon as possible.
SAIC is electrifying another popular vehicle segment with its new 7.5-ton Maxus Electric Light truck. The 7.5-ton MAXUS Electric Light truck has a 128 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery that enables a combined WLTP range of more than 210 kilometers when fully charged, and up to 412 kilometers in city traffic at using WLTP City Cycle at half load at a constant speed of 40 km/h. The battery can be charged in about 1.5 hours at 100 kW fast charging stations (DC), and the process takes about 11 hours at 22 kW points (AC). The 5.85 meter (with body: 6.40 meter) long electric truck has, among other things, dual rear tires and several advanced auxiliary systems such as an emergency braking system and a lane departure warning system.
“The MAXUS brand goes beyond light commercial vehicles, as demonstrated by our ever-growing range of electric vehicles. Our long-term goal is to be as relevant to passenger cars and trucks as we are now to the LCV market. To achieve this, we will continue to invest heavily in innovation, R&D and design,” explains Jack Zhu, General Manager for Europe at MAXUS parent company SAIC. “IAA Transportation is the leading trade fair for transport, commercial vehicles and logistics. At the MAXUS premiere in Hannover, we put our growing range of electric cars in the spotlight with an all-electric stand. As one of the most innovative and advanced electric commercial vehicle brands in Europe, SAIC MAXUS takes its leadership in this sector seriously.”
“With this trio, MAXUS once again underlines its versatility in the all-electric commercial vehicle segment. Whether courier service or logistics, gardening or shuttle service, our model portfolio will cover almost all types of transport in the future,” explains Gerald Lautenschläger, CEO of Maxomotive Deutschland GmbH as importer of the commercial vehicle brand in Germany. “MAXUS’s participation in the IAA shows the importance of the German and European market: This is the only way to implement the brand’s ambitious growth strategy.”
Images courtesy of SAIC Maxus
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