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Geely, Detroit Electric to bring E.V. to China’s roads by 2014

Geely, Detroit Electric to bring E.V. to China’s roads by 2014
The "Detroit Electric Technology" badge will be displayed on all Chinese brand Geely vehicles that will be powered by a pure electric powertrain co-developed by the two companies. (PRNewsFoto/Detroit Electric Inc.)

China-based global car manufacturer, the Geely Automobile Group, is teaming up with electric vehicle manufacturer, Detroit Electric Inc., to develop pure electric vehicles and electric drive systems for the Chinese market.

The two companies will put out their first model of pure electric vehicles – the EC7-EV - under Geely’s Emgrand brand starting in 2014.

The Geely’s Emgrand EC7 model will be the base vehicle for the E.V. The EC7-EV will offer both medium-range (driving range of 165 kilometers per charge) and long-range options (driving range of 258 kilometers per charge).

The EC7-EV will initially be sold primarily to business users and public-sector organizations and the two companies are forecasting sales of around 3,000 units for the first 12 months, growing to 30,000 in three year’s time.

As part of the agreement, the two companies will also be forming a joint development and engineering team that will be working in all areas of the E.V. powertrain solution, including electric motor, vehicle management system, advanced thermo-managed battery pack, battery management systems and a twin-speed high-torque gearbox.

A joint venture company will be formed to manufacture the critical E.V. powertrain components and associated parts. The J.V. will be headquartered near Geely’s Hangzhou headquarters in Zhejiang province. – EcoSeed Staff



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