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Hawtai Auto iEV230 hits the Chinese auto market

Published on March 14, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Hawtai Auto iEV230 hits the Chinese auto market

The Hawtai iEV230 has been launched on the Chinese car market. The iEV230 is an electric car based on the Hawtai Lusheng E70 sedan. Price including all green-car subsidies starts at 123.500 yuan and ends at 135.500 yuan. Next month Hawtai will launch the xEV260 electric SUV.

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The iEV260 is a ‘green car’ so it comes with a lot of blue detailing, like so many EV’s in China. Blue around the grille and a blue badge. And…

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… a blue roof. Brilliant.

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The interior is made out of very cheap plastics and there isn’t any blue in sight. The gear lever is new for the EV version and so it the fancy all-digital instrument panel:

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And that indeed looks really cool, although the date is set two years ago. Details MATTER. If they can’t get the date right, what can they..?

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The touch screen for the infotainment and vehicle settings. Has Bluetooth.

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The iEV230 is powered by an electric motor with an output of 109hp and 220nm, the same motor as in the xEV260. Battery is 39.2 kWh. Top speed is 130 kilometer per hour. Range by normal use is 230 kilometer. Range when not going faster than 60 kilometer per hour, like inside the city, is 270 kilometer.

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Hawtai will provide a free fast charger to buyers who have space to install one at home. However, they might not really need one, because Hawtai claims a full charge on 220V takes only four hours. Impressive, if true. No number on fast charging.

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Blue Hawtai badge on the back, and the iEV230 badge to the right of it.

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The petrol powered Lusheng E70. Price starts at 69.700 yuan and ends at 89.700 yuan. Engines: 93hp 1.5, 136hp 2.0, and a 147hp 2.0. The EV version thus is still twice as expensive as the petrol version.

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  1. electrive.net » Volkswagen, Toyota, Brabus, NOX Cycles, Hawtai Auto, Passat.- March 16, 2016 Reply

    […] Neues E-Auto für Fernost: Hawtai Auto startet in China den Verkauf der Elektro-Limousine iEV230 mit 230 km Reichweite und einem (subventionierten) Basispreis von 123.500 Yuan (ca. 17.100 Euro). Im kommenden Monat soll zudem das Elektro-SUV xEV260 folgen. carnewschina.com […]

  2. electrive.com » Scotland, Volkswagen, Toyota, Brabus, Mahindra, Hawtai Auto.- March 16, 2016 Reply

    […] Chinese electric limousine: Hawtai Auto launches the iEV230 in China. It comes with an average range of 230km and 39.2 kWh battery for a starting price of 123,500 yuan (about 19,000 dollars) including subsidies. Next month, the xEV260 electric SUV is to follow. carnewschina.com […]

  3. Scotland, Volkswagen, Toyota, Brabus, Mahindra, Hawtai Auto. – Movenergy- March 16, 2016 Reply

    […] Chinese electric limousine: Hawtai Auto launches the iEV230 in China. It comes with an average range of 230km and 39.2 kWh battery for a starting price of 123,500 yuan (about 19,000 dollars) including subsidies. Next month, the xEV260 electric SUV is to follow.carnewschina.com […]

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