The AIWAYS U5 is made by another Chinese EV maker AIWAYS Auto, it is built on the MAS platform and positioned as a mid-size all-electric SUV. The car was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in 2018, it is expected to be mass production in Sep. 2019.
AIWAYS U5 production version basically continues the design of the previous concept car, using the “smart technology” concept, the appearance is very future technology, using a grille-less front face that is popular in current pure electric vehicle style, the headlights use full LED light source, official says it is intelligent light.
Size of AIWAYS U5 4680/1865mm/1700mm and a wheelbase of 2800mm.
For the interior, AIWAYS U5 adopts the “mobile home” design concept, adopting the advanced color matching and straight lines of the modern home. AIWAYS U5 is equipped with many technical configurations, including AQIS air purification, ASMR, ambient lights, AI-Power battery packs, and automatic wireless charging. In addition, the new car has a separate swing door, welcome seat, the car also has a hidden air outlet and defroster vent, hot and cold cup holder and refrigerator.
AIWAYS U5 supports autopilot function that adapts to different scenes and goes beyond the L2 level. With the Mobileye Q4 chip, official says the performance is 10 times faster than the Q3 used in mainstream models. There are total 22 sensors on the vehicle to support driving preferences of different travel scenarios.
AIWAYS U5 also features a tri-fold display instrument panel which is designed special for driver, the floating 12.3-inch infotainment display as well as the panoramic sunroof for front and rear passengers to enhance travel comfort. In addition, it also supports TJA (Automatic Queuing during traffic jams), HWA (Automated Highway Driving Assistance), All-situation autonomous parking.
In the power section, AIWAYS U5 is equipped with a lithium battery pack, capacity of battery is 65kW, energy density of the battery pack reaches 181wh/kg (This is updated data from AIWAYS Chinese website. Its English website still says capacity of 63kW, energy density of 170 wh/kg), and the cruising range under the NEDC condition is 503km (This is updated data from AIWAYS official Chinese website, in English website it still says 460km), plus the world’s first AI battery pack (actually it is an extended battery pack) that increases range by more than 120km, Combined electric-only range of over 623 km (This is updated data from AIWAYS official Chinese website, it claimed 100km for its AI battery pack, so total is 560km in English website)
The max. power is 140kW, max. torque is 315N.m, official says it takes 27min charging up from 30% to 80% in fast charging mode. The curb weight is 1.75 tons, official says it is the lightest vehicle comparing the same segment.
AIWAYS means AI ON THE WAYS, this is the moral of AIWAYS AUTO gives for AIWAYS brand, means deep cultivate the core technologies on both electrical driving system & AI two core, dedicating to making life better.
AIWAYS Auto’s slogan is “AI With You”, AIWAYS Auto has its headquarters and technical center in Shanghai China, and a wholly-owned subsidiary AIWAYS Gumpert Co., Ltd. in Germany, Mr. Roland Gumpert, the inventor of Audi quattro, is the executive director of the German subsidiary, AIWAYS has also a forward-looking technical laboratory in Detroit, USA. AIWAYS has successively built R&D and manufacturing infrastructures such as Shangrao Automobile Manufacturing Base, Shanghai Jiading Technology Center and Changshu Battery Pack Factory.
AIWAYS Auto Co-founder and President: Fu Qiang
Rooted in the car circle for nearly 30 years, is an old car marketer. He has promoted the development of FAW-Volkswagen Audi brand and SAIC Volkswagen Skoda brand in China in the early stage; led the transformation of Mercedes-Benz’s marketing system in China; and served as the president and CEO of Volvo China Sales Co., Ltd., promoting Volvo’s brand and sales development in China.
AIWAYS Auto Co-founder and CEO: Gu Feng
Co-founder Gu Feng has been in the car circle for more than 20 years, dealing with financial management and capital operations. According to resources, Gu Feng has rich theoretical and practical experience in state-owned assets reform, securities market operations, mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he has been also responsible for the development of SAIC’s financial sector business, with rich financial resources.
In 2015, Foxconn and Tencent Holdings jointly created Future Mobility with a total investment of 1 billion yuan to engage in business of new energy vehicle. First established is Future Mobility Corp (FMC), Dai Lei(Dr. Daniel Kirchert) and Bi Fukang(Dr. Carsten Breitfeld) are the executives, then formed another company named AICHE, Fu Qiang is the CEO.
At the end of 2016, Fu Qiang got the investment of Tencent, he brought his team of AICHE company and formed a new company, that is AIWAYS Auto. FMC is the current the BYTON AUTO, AICHE becomes the AIWAYS
On October 30, 2016, AIWAYS AUTO established its production base in Shangrao, Jiangxi;
In January 2017, former SAIC CFO Gu Feng joined AIWAYS Auto as co-founder and CEO;
In August 2017, Roland Gumpert announced that he has joined AIWAYS Auto, as the chief product officer CPO, and the general manager of the German subsidiary AIWAYS Gumpert;
On November 29, 2018, AIWAYS’s first production car AIWAYS U5 made its debut;
On March 5, 2019, AIWAYS Auto brought its first mass-produced A+ class intelligent pure electric SUV AIWAYS U5 and the world’s first track-class electric sports car Gumpert Nathalie at the Geneva International Auto Show.
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