Chen Hong, President of SAIC, said on Thursday that the company’s first all-electric model will go on sale in late October this year. Identified as a production version of the Roewe E50 concept from the recent 2012 Beijing Auto Show, the supermini EV will be equipped with a 47kw electric motor and can cover a distance of 135 kilometers on one charge, accordingly to previously disclosed information,.
Roewe E50 has been developed from the Roewe E1 concept, which SAIC showcased at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Both EV concepts weigh about one ton, and have three doors and four seats. The E50 has a 15kwh LiFePO4 battery pack, which can be recharged to 80% full in just 30 minutes.
With no official pricing information is available, many expect the Roewe EV to sell for less than 200,000 Yuan after subsidies are applied. SAIC reportedly targets to sell 1,000 of it in the first year.
Roewe E50 EV at 2012 Beijing Auto Show
Below are a group of spyshots of the production model of Roewe E50 released by sina.com.cn earlier this week.