Production to begin 2020 with a mix of local and imported parts
The Qiantu K50, a Chinese electric coupe, will be built in the US, potentially beating a number of Chinese-backed automakers to the punch.
CH-Auto and Mullen Technologies, a southern California-based electric car distributor and manufacturer, have signed an agreement to produce the Qiantu K50 from 2020 using a mix of local and imported components.
The Qiantu K50 has an all-electric drivetrain boasting 300kW of power, and features carbon-fibre body panels and an aluminium frame.
Production targets have yet to be announced, but Mullen will begin accepting a “limited number of reservations” in 2019.
No word on pricing either, but Mullen promises the Qiantu K50 will have an “unexpectedly affordable cost”. It’s understood the Qiantu K50 will be sold directly to consumers and online.
According to Automotive News, Qiantu was founded in 2015 by CH-Auto. The K50 is currently made at the company’s plant in Suzhou, which can produce up to 50,000 cars per year.
Sales of the Qiantu K50 in August this year with prices starting from &yuan;754,300 yuan ($149,000) before government incentives.
If production begins as planned, the K50 could be one of the first Chinese-backed electric cars to be successfully produced in the US.
Previous attempts, like the Faraday Future FF91, have flamed out, while others, such as Lucid Air, are in still works in progress.
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