who are these new builders?


New electric car makers are coming in very regularly. Here is a quick recap of the brands arriving in Europe!

The new builders of electric cars have been developing at lightning speed and across the whole world in recent years. But if certain brands are reserved for specific markets, others manage to cross the borders of their country of origin and to export themselves, in particular by Europe.

Among them, we find many brands very innovative, like Lucid, Aiways, Lightyear or NIO. Here is a small recap of these 100% electric manufacturers freshly arrived in Europe as well as those planned for next year!

Aiways arrives in force with U5 and U6

Founded in 2017, the company Aiways comes straight from China with a range of 100% electric cars. The young manufacturer is finally arriving on the Old Continent and has started sending its first vehicles to Europe.

For the moment, these are the SUV called U5, produced in the Shangrao plant in eastern China, which will be sent for the first customers in France. In a recent press release, the brand was delighted to be the “ first Chinese start-up to deliver electric vehicles to the European Union ».

As a reminder, the Aiways U5 is 4.68 m long. To drive this SUV, the U5 is powered by a 190 ch and equipped with a battery of 63 kWh. Autonomy is announced at about 400 km. The latter can be recharged from 30 to 80% in 27 minutes on direct current. In total, nearly 2,500 vehicles have been sold in Europe so far.

The U6 coupe SUV is scheduled for the end of 2021.

Lightyear, the start-up from the Netherlands

Lightyear is a Dutch start-up. The latter has been developing for several years an electric and solar sedan, which would be able to cover more than 700 km ! The company is trying to launch an electric car that could – theoretically – never ask to be recharged, thanks to plenty of solar panels on the roof.

In addition to these solar panels, the Lightyear One is equipped with a small battery of 60 kWh – still for weight reasons – as well as a very efficient design. We imagine that the Cx got special attention when looking at the sedan’s sleek design. In particular the rear wheels hidden behind a piece of bodywork.

These performances are impressive when we know that a Renault Zoe, with its 52 kWh battery, is officially capable of 395 km of autonomy according to the WLTP cycle. It is therefore 300 km less than for the Lightyear One all the same !

Arrival scheduled for 2023.

Lucid Motors, the company that came against Tesla

With its Lucid Air, la start-up Lucid Motors launches its first car on the market, and offers a very serious alternative to the Tesla Model S ! And if the Lucid Air is placed in front of the latter, it is not due to chance. Indeed, the boss of Lucid Motors, Perter Rawlinson, was the chief engineer of … the Model  S ! When production boss Peter Hochholdinger also worked for Tesla.

The Lucid Air is offered with several levels of finishes, including the most upscale version called « AirDream », which develops no less than 1,111 horsepower and has a 112 kWh battery. Autonomy is insane with nearly 837 kilometers advertised in one charge!

According to the manufacturer, already close to 13,000 pre-orders have been registered for this model. For now, the plant – built in just one year – will be able to produce up to 34,000 cars per year. Special edition deliveries « Dream » are scheduled for the end of the month!

Nio, the outsider from China

the chinese builder electric cars Nio wishes to enter the European market with strong arguments. The CEO of the brand, William Li, immediately announces: ” We want to make a better product than Tesla at a lower price ”.

With this announcement, this suggests that one or more models would be offered at prices lower than that of a Model 3, which is now billed in China from 235 900 yuans, that is approximately € 31,000. With such prices, the brand wants to launch a volume brand but also compete with other manufacturers such as Volkswagen or Toyota.

The model range currently includes the model crossover EC6, the SUV compact ES6 as well as the grand SUV ES8. All cars are obviously vehicles purely electric. Si Nio is currently only available in China – the company was founded in 2014 –, the launch on the European market is scheduled for third quarter of 2021!

TOGG, the Turkish electric car

The company TOGG is a new Turkish manufacturer of electric cars. The latter plans to launch two models by 2022: a compact sedan and a compact SUV.

The two machines share the same platform, and a 100% electric architecture available in two versions. The first includes a single electric motor of 200 horsepower, which only propels the rear axle. Another version adds a second electric motor to the front axle and benefits from all-wheel drive.

In total, the maximum power reaches the 400 horsepower all the same ! The manufacturer also announces a 0 to 100 km / h shot in 4.8 seconds for models equipped with two engines and four-wheel drive, but also a maximum range greater than 500 kilometers.

The car will also have a fast charging system, which will recharge nearly 80% of the battery in less than 30 minutes.

See you next year to see this very first Turkish electric car hit the market!


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