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New Tesla hunter – will the affordable electric Volkswagen soon come from China?

New Chinese brands like Aiways also want to get on the road to success in Europe

New Chinese brands like Aiways also want to get on the road to success in Europe

Quelle: dpa-tmn/Aiways

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Chinese carmakers want to establish themselves in Germany with cheap e-cars. In tests, the first vehicles often perform as well as the models from VW & Co. With better conditions, the market power of the manufacturers could increase in the future.

EA whole series of Chinese brands is making a leap to Europe: With heavily electrified fleets or fleets that have been fully converted to batteries and in some cases with new sales concepts, they want to benefit from the transformation of the industry and establish themselves.

It’s no longer just start-ups like Nio, Byton or Xpeng who want to compete against the electric elite from Tesla & Co. with innovative technology and expressive design. Several comparatively conventional volume manufacturers are shooting at brands like VW with more ordinary cars. They want to prove that the affordable Volkswagen comes from China.

“And this time you should take them seriously”, says Prof. Stefan Bratzel from the University of Economics in Bergisch Gladbach: “Most of them have done their homework and learned from past mistakes.”

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It is not for nothing that the first China cars often perform as well as the models from VW & Co. in official crash tests and the test by specialist journalists.

New car brands from China

The Aiways brand sells the U5 from just under 36,000 euros. With a length of 4.68 meters, it is on par with the VW ID 4. Its battery has a capacity of 63 kWh and the range is 410 kilometers. MG has also been on the market since this year. The brand has already been sold under the British flag in this country.

In the meantime, however, it has been taken over by the Chinese and produced by SAIC in the Far East. In addition to converted combustion engines such as the ZS or the plug-in hybrids EHS, it will be the first dedicated electric car, the Marvel R, from autumn. According to MG, it will start at around 40,000 euros. 4.67 meters long and with a range of around 400 kilometers, it is also aimed at the ID4 & Co. segment.

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Two other newcomers are Ora and Wey. Both are part of Great Wall Motors and want to literally take on the market from next year onwards. The Ora Cat is comparatively handy at 4.20 meters and with a basic price of allegedly around 30,000 euros, it is also unusually inexpensive for a fully electric car with a range of 300 kilometers or, in the upscale version, 400 kilometers.

The sister brand’s Coffee01, on the other hand, is aimed at the upper class: the SUV stretches to just under five meters. The battery of its plug-in hybrid should enable an electric range of 150 kilometers, the manufacturer said.

“The Chinese are ahead of the game when it comes to software solutions”

It won’t stop there. For example, Arcfox had the Alpha T developed by Magna in Graz, which, according to the company, will soon come to us. And Mercedes major shareholder Geely is planning a second brand for battery cars in addition to the more European-tinged electric brand Polestar with Zeekr.

Arcfox has models like the Alpha T in its range

Arcfox has models like the Alpha T in its range

Source: dpa-tmn / Thomas Geiger

“The heart of the electric car is the battery, and it is now in China. These are good prerequisites for the Chinese carmaker, ”says automobile economist Prof. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer. He attests that the newcomers have a quality that is now on a par with the established brands.

The Chinese may also be better equipped for the future: “When it comes to software solutions, the Chinese are one step ahead. And they will become more and more important in the future. “

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