Volkswagen EV release approaches
Recently pictures of Volkswagen first Chinese electric vehicle built in its joint venture with JAC surfaced from patent filings, looking very similar to the IEV7S with some minor cosmetic changes.
Rumours and spy-shots
Volkswagen and JAC joint venture should be presenting its 3 models by the end of the quarter, according to Gasgoo and spy images of indicate the first car will be based off the iEV7S.
It is rumoured that these more affordable electric cars will be sold under the SEAT brand in China, this is supported by the square logo on the battery charge port. Although other more recent rumours indicate it will be under a new brand Sol.
The changes can be seen in the front and rear but it’s easy to see the JAC car under the Seat styling.
The choice of building its electric vehicles from an existing line-up is smart as JAC electric cars are well designed and it will drastically cut entry to market time as the factories and suppliers are already working to make iEV7S and can probably easily migrate based on demand.
The iEV7S costs 119,500 Yuan after subsidies. It comes equipped with an electric motor with 116 horsepower/ 270 Nm and it has a range of 280 kilometres. This is a good package for its price and it’s unlikely that Volkswagen will change to much for its own offering and more likely to add features as the product and brand matures.
My personal experience with the iEV7S and other iEVs makes me confident that this should meet the goal of Volkswagen for an affordable but well designed EV. Volkswagen first Chinese electric vehicle wont be Volkswagen only EV effort as illustrated bellow, it is possible that this is more of a large scale compliance car effort to avoid problems in the near term with China’s new Electric vehicle policy.
Previous related news
Volkswagen and JAC have been in the news for its joint venture. In July 2017, Volkswagen and JAC signed an agreement for a new joint venture to build electric cars in China in front of Chancellor Merkel and Premier Li Keqiang in Berlin. In November 2018, Volkswagen and JAC agreed to cooperate more deeply in the development of vehicles, design, product quality and underlying technology.
More news is expected in March.