While it’s certainly not our favourite car on the market, the EC7 certainly has its merits in terms of space and how much metal you get for under R170 000. By launching an all-electric version of it, Geely proves that it has modern technology at its disposal and that it doesn’t have to stand back to the established competitors in the West.
The car will be developed in conjunction with American company Detroit Electric, who has entered into a strategic partnership with Geely to co-develop electric vehicles and powertrains for the expanding Chinese market.
The EC7-EV will feature an electric motor, a twin-speed gearbox and an advanced battery pack with two options - medium range (up to 165 km) and long range (up to 258 km). Initial indications are that the car will be capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds, with a top speed in excess of 200 km/h.
Development of the green car began about three years ago and the EC7-EV is scheduled to go on sale in China in the first quarter of 2014. Geely says it plans to sell around 3 000 units in the first year, expecting it to expand to 30 000 units in three years’ time.
Geely South Africa is not planning on making the EC7-EV available locally.