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Huawei AITO M5 EV for China – 80 KWh Battery, up to 620 Km Range; Single- or Dual-motor; From RM186k

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Huawei AITO M5 EV for China – 80 kWh battery, up to 620 km range; single- or dual-motor; from RM186k

Huawei has presented its first pure electric vehicle in the form of the Wenjie M5 EV, which will be sold through the company’s AITO sub-brand. The new model is essentially an all-electric version of the Wenjie M5 that made its debut last December, which itself is a modified and restyled version of the SF5 that Huawei co-developed with California-based EV maker Seres.

The AITO line-up previously featured just two models, the Wenjie M5 and the Wenjie M7, the latter being a large SUV that made its debut in July this year. Both are range-extended EVs with a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine acting as a generator to charge a 40-kWh ternary lithium-ion battery that powers single- or dual-motor setups.

Unlike its siblings, the Wenjie M5 EV does without the internal combustion engine entirely and gets a more substantial battery with an energy capacity of 80 kWh. Built on Huawei’s DriveONE platform, the base Standard Edition gets a rear-mounted electric motor rated at 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 360 Nm of torque, which is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 7.1 seconds.

The Standard Edition retails at 288,600 yuan (RM186,429) after subsidies, and is joined by the Performance Edition priced at 319,800 yuan (RM206,530). The premium nets you a dual-motor, all-wheel drive powertrain that is made up of a front electric motor with 224 PS (221 hp or 165 kW) and 315 Nm, while the rear motor serves up 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 360 Nm.

The added grunt means a reduced century sprint time of just 4.5 seconds, although this comes at the expense of range as the Performance Edition will do 552 km on a full charge – following the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC) – while the Standard Edition can muster 620 km. Huawei’s Dynamic Adaptive Torque System (DATS) is included with both powertrains.

According to the company, both variants of the M5 EV will take 10.5 hours to get from a 10-90% state of charge (SOC) with an AC charger with a power output of 7 kW. There’s also support for DC fast charging that will get the battery from a 30-80% SOC in just 30 minutes with a charger capable of 100 kW. China uses the GB/T connector for AC and DC charging, which looks similar to the European Type 2, but with but with different pin configurations and signalling.

In terms of dimensions, the M5 EV is slightly longer than the range extended M5 with a length of 4,785 mm (+15 mm). It also has a slightly lower height of 1,620 mm (-5 mm) but retains the same width (1,930 mm) and wheelbase (2,880 mm).

As for styling, the M5 EV’s front grille is largely closed off since it doesn’t have an engine, and the vertical LED strips on the M5 are replaced with air curtains instead. Beyond these changes, the rest of the vehicle looks pretty much identical to its range-extended stablemate.

The interior is largely the same too, although the M5 EV gets a wireless charger capable of charging two phone simultaneously on the centre console. Other tech items include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, the latter powered by Harmony OS with plenty of connected features.

Equipment-wise, both variants come standard with a panoramic sunroof, LED exterior lighting, a 128-colour interior ambient lighting system, automatic climate control with a PM2.5 air filter, Nappa leather upholstery, a NFC card key, a 19-speaker sound system, six airbags and a full complement of safety and driver assistance systems (AEB, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, lane keep warning and assist). Wheels measures 19 inches on the base option and 20 inches on the range-topper.

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

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DBKL Teliti Beberapa Kawasan Lain Di Sekitar Ibu Kota Sebagai Lokasi Bebas Kenderaan Seperti Jalan TAR

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DBKL teliti beberapa kawasan lain di sekitar ibu kota sebagai lokasi bebas kenderaan seperti Jalan TAR

Susulan kejayaan penutupan Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) pada setiap Ahad sejak 28 Ogos lalu, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) sedang meneliti beberapa kawasan lain di ibu kota untuk dijadikan sebagai lokasi bebas kenderaan.

Antara lokasi yang dilihat berpotensi untuk mewujudkan kawasan pejalan kaki di tengah bandar adalah di sekitar Bukit Bintang, menurut Timbalan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.

“Selepas Jalan TAR, kita bercadang untuk melaksanakannya di sekitar Hotel Federal kerana kawasan itu ialah lokasi tumpuan pejalan kaki. Bagaimanapun, kita masih dalam sesi libat urus dengan pihak berkepentingan serta orang awam dan sekiranya berjaya, perkara itu akan diumumkan nanti,” katanya seperti yang dilaporkan Bernama.

Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah pula berkata pihaknya menerima maklum balas positif daripada semua pihak termasuk peniaga dan orang awam berhubung penutupan Jalan TAR pada setiap Ahad.

“Oleh itu, kita merancang untuk membawa lebih banyak program dan aktiviti untuk menjadikan tempat itu lebih meriah. Perkara ini bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah untuk dilaksanakan, jadi kita perlu mendapatkan maklum balas orang ramai bagi menyelesaikan sebarang masalah yang mungkin timbul selepas itu,” katanya.

Ledakan adrenalin dan impak maksima. Antara barisan ayat yang paling digemari apabila menggambarkan prestasi sesebuah jentera. Sebelum terlibat di dalam industri auto pada tahun 2011, dia sekadar gemar melihat sport rim tetapi kini lebih suka menerokai kehebatan sesebuah jentera itu.

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Singapore Hikes ERP Toll Rates to Ease Congestion

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Singapore hikes ERP toll rates to ease congestion

Motorists who frequently drive into Singapore, do take note. Rates for electronic road pricing (ERP) in Singapore will increase by SGD$1 (RM3.22) at five expressway locations as a result of traffic build-up at various stretches of expressways in August, the city-state’s land transport authority (LTA).

The increase of rates apply to the ERP gantry on the AYE before Alexandra towards the city centre (8:30am – 9am), the set of three gantries on the AYE after Jurong Town Hall towards the city centre (5:30pm – 6pm), the set of four gantries on the southbound CTE after Braddell Road and the PIE slip road towards the southbound CTE (8:30am – 9am), two gantries on the PIE at Kallang Bahru and the slip road into Bendeemer (8:30am – 9am), and two gantries on the northbound CTE after PIE (7:30pm – 8pm).

The highest rates will be at the southbound CTE gantries, which will charge motorists SGD$4 (RM12.90) at the stipulated time between 8:30am and 9am. Before this, ERP rates were last revised in July, according to Channel News Asia.

Rates for other, previously unannounced ERP gantries and timeslots remain unchanged, according to the Singapore LTA. “With these adjustments, the number of locations and timeslots charged is still significantly lower than the number charged pre-Covid,” it said.

The land transport authority of the city-state said that it will continue to monitor traffic speeds and congestion levels closely, and determine if the electronic road pricing rates need to be adjusted further, according to the report.

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.

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Market Price for RON 95, Diesel Expected Next Year As Targeted Subsidy Starts – Ready to Pay RM4 Per Litre?

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Market price for RON 95, diesel expected next year as targeted subsidy starts – ready to pay RM4 per litre?

Malaysian motorists will be paying market price for RON 95 petrol and diesel soon, as there’s a high possibility that targeted subsidies will be implemented next year. This is the view of Maybank Investment Bank, reported by BH.

“We expect higher prices for RON 95 petrol and diesel next year with the revision of fuel subsidy. We understand that the test for the targeted subsidy mechanism started last month and will go on for three to six months. Therefore, we predict that fuel subsidy will be revised again next year as part of the Budget 2023 agenda, which is scheduled for October 7,” Maybank IB said in a research note.

The need for Malaysian to move away from blanket fuel subsidy is clear. The T20 group, which is the top 20% of earners in the country, is enjoying some RM8 billion in fuel subsidies compared to the RM6 billion enjoyed by the bottom 40% (B40). This was revealed by finance minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz in July.

He was repeating what he said in May, that Malaysia’s rich are enjoying the lion’s share of government subsidies. “For every RM1 of fuel subsidy, 53 cents go to the T20, while 15 cents benefit the B40. So, for example if the subsidy bill this year is expected to top RM30 billion, over RM15 billion is subsidy to the T20,” the senator said then.

Why so? The affluent have more cars, their cars consume more fuel and have larger fuel tanks. It’s as simple as that. While the need for targeted subsidy is clear, it’s much harder to find good way to implement a system that will that benefit the intended recipients with minimal leakage, and is universal.

In July, Tengku Zafrul, in a written parliamentary reply, said that a mechanism for targeted subsidy is being tested. “The (initial) testing will be followed by more extensive testing,” he said, adding that the government wants to ensure the feasibility of the mechanism in both urban and rural areas.

“It (testing) is expected to take between three and six months before the new system is implemented nationwide,” he said, adding that the implementation of the targeted fuel subsidy mechanism will be implemented in stages to ensure it does not cause inflation or affect economic growth. Will the government use direct cash handouts via e-wallets?

We’ll have to wait for more details, which might be announced during Budget 2023 next month. By the way, Indonesia is also grappling with the dilemma of fuel subsidies. Having already tripled its original 2022 energy subsidy allocation, the republic is considering raising fuel prices – which are already higher than ours – by 30%.

Are you ready to pay market price for fuel? RON 97 is currently priced at RM4.30 per litre.

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

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