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The Aoxin Ibis is China’s answer to the Tesla Model S

Published on March 4, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

The Aoxin Ibis is China's answer to the Tesla Model S

Tesla is struggling in China, lacking stores and superchargers. And now they have something else to worry about: local competition, of some sort.

The above car is the Aoxin Ibis, an impressive full electric full size sedan with a Tesla-like logo on the enormous and enormously shiny grille. The Aoxin Ibis debuted last year on the New Energy Auto Show in Shanghai (NEAS) and will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of this year. The girls seem impressed, and that is a good start. There is more:

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Aoxin and Tesla compared.

The Aoxin Ibis, alternatively called Aoxin Heying or Aoxin E45, is manufactured by a Chinese company called Aoxin New Energy (web), based in Yancheng City in Jiangsu Province. The company was founded in 2006, became a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motors in 2007, and was sold on to the Yancheng Municipal Government in 2009, making it a local state-owned enterprise (LSOE).

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The main products are a line of small electric utility vehicles and a hip electric mini car. The latter is marketed in the United States as the e-GO EV by a Las Vegas-based company called 2050Motors. In 2011 Aoxin New Energy started a cooperation with the Italian company TechnoDesign for the development of advanced lightweight chassis for electric vehicles, and the Aoxin Ibis is the first fruit:

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No matter the fuzzy logo thing, the actual car doesn’t look much like the Model S. It has some hints of the Buick LaCrosse but not too many. The Ibis is a surprisingly advanced machine. The chassis is made out of aluminum and carbon fiber, and parts of the body are carbon as well. Aoxin claims the Ibis is fitted with race-inspired truss-double wishbone suspension, and that it is up to 40% lighter than comparable electric cars, whatever those might be.

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Dials are fully digital. Large screen in the center console that looks very Tesla again, albeit quite a bit smaller.

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The Ibis is a large car: 5000/1898/1605, wheelbase is 2930, and curb weight is 1830 kilo. That makes the Ibis slightly longer and much lighter than the Model S: 4976/1963/1434, wheelbase is 2959, and curb weight is 2108 kilo.

Now for power! Aoxin claims the Ibis has three electric motors, all powering the rear wheels. Main motor sits on the rear axle, supplemented by a hub motor in each rear wheel. Total output is a slightly disappointing 181hp and 340nm, good for a 152 km/h top speed. Range however is very impressive with 460 kilometer by normal use, and 520 kilometer by a 60 kilometer per our average speed (this odd 60 km/h measurement is used by many Chinese electric-automakers). The motors get their juice from a 360V triple-lithium polymer battery, located under the floor of the vehicle. Specs via Aoxin.

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Official Aoxin banner.

When exactly the Ibis will hit the market and for how much is yet unknown. Price will be vitally important, Chinese car buyers are finally slowly warming up to electric cars, but they can’t be too expensive. It is hard too predict how much it will cost as there is no comparable electric car on the market today, but it sure won’t be as much as Tesla wants for the Model S.

Aoxin is expected to announce details on price and availability on the upcoming International New Energy Vehicle Show in Jinan City, starting on March 17, and I will go there. To be continued…

With many thanks to Erik @ ChineseCars.net for putting me on the trail of Aoxin.

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  1. bydforthewin- March 4, 2015 Reply

    Logo looks like a combination of Tesla and Fisker 🙂

  2. LaurentG- March 4, 2015 Reply

    Totally looks like a Roewe 950.

    1. Pat- March 10, 2015 Reply

      Sure you don’t understand nothing! Use glass pls to see well the style !

  3. dragn- March 4, 2015 Reply

    Chinese luxury car shoppers are sophisticated enough to know that an untried, unproven upstart like this, can’t hold a candle to the quality, safety, and reliability record of Tesla. I don’t think they have anything to worry about here.
    That said, they deserve credit for trying….

  4. TheSponsor- March 5, 2015 Reply

    Ah I see that Tesla’s initiative to release its patents opensource has really been taken advantage by this new EV startup. However as good as the mileage is, the top speed isn’t to satisfaction. Most probable cutoffs to deliver a lower price than Tesla’s. Glad Tesla’s patents has created more momentum and relevance to EV cars in the future.

    1. Stuart- March 5, 2015 Reply

      I doubt that the have used any significant Tesla patents – 3 motors in the rear axle is very different to Tesla –

  5. Aaron- March 5, 2015 Reply

    There is zero chance it actually gets that mileage…unless the entire trip is downhill.

  6. marco loglio- March 5, 2015 Reply

    Actually is more then possible to get this mileage by using the last generation lithium batteries already available on the market since at least 3 years. Tesla buy its battery from Panasonic to achive his outstanding milege. But there is not only Panasonic can make good battery with high energy density…It’s good that small companies like Aoxia and Yema, show to the chinese giant automaker that a car with more then 400 km range can be made right now.

  7. electrive.net » Toyota, SsangYong, Hyundai, Maserati, Aoxin, Tesla.- March 5, 2015 Reply

    […] Chinas Antwort auf Tesla? Im zweiten Halbjahr 2015 kommt in China eine Elektro-Limousine namens Aoxin Ibis auf den Markt. Sie soll “teslaeske” 460 km Reichweite bieten und auch das Firmen-Logo erinnert irgendwie an jenes aus Kalifornien. Der Look des Stromers ist allerdings recht eigenständig, genau wie das Antriebskonzept: Drei E-Motoren sind am Werk und sollen insgesamt 135 kW liefern. carnewschina.com […]

  8. electrive.com » Hyundai, SsangYong, Toyota, Aoxin, Tesla.- March 5, 2015 Reply

    […] Chinese Tesla copycat? An electric sedan is set to hit the Chinese market in the second half of 2015. The Aoxin Ibis is said to offer up to 460 kilometres (285 miles) of range and while the logo reminds one of Tesla, the EV itself does not so much. Three electric motors are driving the rear wheels with 135 kW. carnewschina.com […]

  9. Johnny Pulliam- March 5, 2015 Reply

    When will this car go on sale and when can this company start delivery?

  10. Inst- March 5, 2015 Reply

    Musk is a talented engineer and a talented huckster. I don’t blame him for the BS, but it is your damn fault for eating his crap hook, line, and sinker.

    The success of the Ibis all depends on price, though. It has Tesla-level range, when you do the mi-to-km conversion, but it lacks Tesla-level performance. As an uber-range fleet car it has potential; stuff in luxury amenities and aim to screw the chauffeur and someone will buy.

  11. beaty68- March 6, 2015 Reply

    With that size, that volume and that weight of the car, there can not be too much weight that stems from the battery. So capacity is most likely significantly lower than Tesla S. Plus, at 60km/h constant and no aux load, a modern EV gets AT LEAST double the range of a real world cycle. So everyday usable range is probably more like 250km – still not bat, albeit not stunning.

  12. Inst- March 6, 2015 Reply

    Tesdiots are great. It achieves its long range through radical weight savings, same as the BMW i3, so while battery capacity is probably not excellent, it will likely have its advertised range.

  13. electrive.net » Suzuki, US-Energieministerium, Softcar, Shimano.- March 6, 2015 Reply

    […] Meistgeklickter Link am Donnerstag war die neue E-Limousine namens Aoxin Ibis, die in Kürze in China auf den Markt kommen soll – und deren Marken-Logo stark an das von Tesla erinnert. carnewschina.com […]

  14. electrive.com » Suzuki, Softcar, DoE, Shimano.- March 6, 2015 Reply

    […] Most clicked link on Thursday was the Chinese answer to Tesla, the Aoxin Ibis. carnewschina.com […]

  15. Isak- March 6, 2015 Reply

    I would have been happy to buy and drive this car – unless it were for the badge.

    These guys should take pride in what they have made , and put their own unique badge there, not just a reminder that you couldn’t afford to buy the real thing.

  16. Suzuki, Softcar, DoE, Shimano. - MovEnergy- March 8, 2015 Reply

    […] Most clicked link on Thursday was the Chinese answer to Tesla, the Aoxin Ibis.carnewschina.com […]

  17. Deskman- March 8, 2015 Reply

    This’s nothing short of magnificent. It seem like a mish and mash of designs from Chinese automakers and European/American automobiles and the badge is simply beautifully designed, though it lacks history. (However, they should move the badge onto the hood to give the sedan more ‘presence’.) It has its own character and seems decent enough to warrant a serious consideration on any EV-buyers’ checklist. Right now, it needs a proper test drive and a proper price point to bait the correct customers.

    1. Deskman- April 3, 2015 Reply

      Scratch that, I just realised how much it resembled a shorter Maserati Ghibli.

  18. The Aoxin Ibis Is A Shorter, Fatter Tesla Model S | CleanTechnica- March 9, 2015 Reply

    […] ChinaCarNews brought this delightful knockoff to the attention of the Internet, and though both the Tesla Model S and Aoxin Ibis are electric cars, the favorable comparisons end there. Aoxin New Energy, maker of the Ibis, has only been around since 2006, and the rest of their car lineup is limited to short-range, low-speed EVs. The Ibis is a dragster in comparison, using three electric motors to churn out 180 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a speed of about 100 MPH. […]

  19. Ken- March 16, 2015 Reply

    “520 kilometer by a 60 kilometer per our average speed ”

    The Tesla Model S, 85kwh model would get around 750km using the same 60km/hr average.

    The 520km would be closest in range to the Model S with the 60kwh battery size.

  20. Aoxin Ibis Is The Ugliest Tesla Clone We've Ever Seen- March 29, 2015 Reply

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  21. Picchio- April 28, 2015 Reply

    Hi!
    Picchio is an italian company that has been building race cars for 20 years.
    We found and read your article about the Aoxin Ibis.
    We would like inform you that IBIS is the latest design and prototyping of Picchio committed by Aoxin New Energy. It was not designed by TechnoDesign.
    If you want know more about our products and IBIS project please visit our website http://www.picchio.com or our FB page https://www.facebook.com/Picchio.racingcars

  22. Китайцы сделали конкурента автомобилю Tesla | Бизнес журнал Hodiny- April 30, 2015 Reply

    […] магазины в Китае, местный производитель Aoxin Auto представил электромобиль Aoxin Ibis. Логотип компании […]

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