Inspired? A potential rival? Whatever you call it, it has been just a few days since Tesla took the world by storm by unveiling the Tesla Model 3. But now, Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) is about to reveal its super-EV at the Beijing Motor Show this month. And it is one heck of an electric car, alright! Or, is depicted by a (rather low quality) image leak by Autocar. Does it have what it takes to take on the Tesla stable? Let’s find out.
Odds are you aren’t familiar with what BAIC is. BAIC is Beijing state-owned, and one of China’s biggest automakers. It operates in conjunction with big hitters like Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, and shook hands with California-based EV startup Atieva in late 2015. The aim behind this move was to widen their horizon and build premium electric cars for worldwide markets. And if this new super-EV is what it’s promised to be, it very well might go on and do that!
As far as the looks go, this one looks like an Aston Martin Vulcan, highlighted with BMW i8’s blue/black, and even throws in Lamborghini-styled scissor doors for good measure! The car looks sleek, almost futuristic. The blue accents on the side doors really give the car a different look than what would have been otherwise. Honestly, this looks more like a concept car, the kind of car a kid with bright colors and vivid imagination would draw! It is something I wasn’t expecting to see in a production car. And it is also possible that they might change it slightly till the time the production version hits the streets? Who knows.
So, what else do we know about the car? Well, as much as we can, for a yet to be named concept. We do know that the car was manufactured in collaboration with NextEV, which is a Chinese Formula-E team. The car is claimed to reach 0-100 kmph in less than 3 seconds, which is mind-blowing for an electric car. Its range is said to be 299 kms, which is less than that of the Tesla by around 45 kms. We can expect other technical details to be revealed at the Beijing Motor Show.
As of now, it’d be premature to say that it could be capable of picking a fight with Tesla. Much more will be revealed at the Beijing Motor Show in less than a month, so stay tuned!