On May 9 the joint venture of Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia (DYK) handed over the keys of an EV fleet to government officials in Yancheng, Jiangsu, setting in motion a pilot program promoting green mobility.
The fleet includes ten Horki all-electric sedans and two Kia K5 hybrids. They will be managed by a green car company set up by the government of Yancheng, the city where DYK is based. The local government is also responsible for building EV-charging stations. Neither DYK nor the city has specified the ways in which the EVs will be employed.
Horki is a new car brand launched by DYK specifically for the Chinese market. At the recent Shanghai motor show, where it was launched, a concept bearing the brand was on display, said to anticipate the first production model of Horki. The Horki EV delivered in Yancheng, however, is not a direct issue of the concept.
Judging by exterior style, the Horki EV comes from the re-badged Cerato exposed last year. Its electrical powertrain may have been tested on the Dianyue N30 and be related to that on Shouwang EV from Beijing Hyundai, DYK’s sister company.
Horki EV from Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia
According to the official description, the Horki EV is driven by an electric motor that can deliver up to 50kW of power and 167Nm of torque. It can run at a top speed of 134km/h and as far as 140km on one charge. The lithium-ion battery pack can be replenished in 52 minutes in the fast mode and 6 hours when in no hurry.
In an interview in March, Chen Yunhua, Chairman of Yueda, partner of Kia, said that DYK planned to release its pure-electric car in the second half of 2014, and new-energy vehicles would account for 2%-4% of its production in 2020.