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GAC Honda’s first all-electric SUV VE-1 hits the market

Abigail From Gasgoo| October 28 , 2019

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- GAC Honda, a Sino-Japanese joint venture between GAC Group and Honda, launched the first all-electric SUV VE-1 on October 21. Offered in three trim levels, the new BEV model is priced from RMB159,800 and RMB179,800 after subsidy.

The new model, in which Honda’s SPORT EV technology is applied for the first time, boasts improved performance in safety and maneuverability. The powertrain system consists of permanent magnet synchronous motor, large capacity battery package and highly integrated power distribution system. The motor is capable of producing 120kW of power and offers a peak torque of 280N·. The vehicle can accelerate from 0-50km/h in 4seconds with a NEDC-rated range of 401 kilometers.      

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To enhance the body's anti-collision ability, the VE-1 utilizes an ACE™ (advanced compatibility engineering™) design. Steel plate above 590Mpa accounts for 46% of the whole body structure and more 1,500Mpa ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) is used. In addition, the VE-1 is equipped with VSC (vehicle stability assist) system, BOS (brake override system), HAS (hill start assist) system, AVAS (acoustic vehicle alerting system) and ESS (emergency signal system). 

Besides, the automaker has adopted NCM 622 cells, high strength battery shell made of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy to make the EV batteries safer. They can also power off automatically when suffering collision. The SUV is also equipped with high precision intelligent temperature control system, able to realize high power output in extreme weather. 

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