Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
09 Feb 2020
This year's Expo was full of Chinese automakers like Haima, Build Your Dreams, Great Wall Motors and others. Haima Automobile showcased 3 cars on its pavilion and the closest to India's upcoming trend is the EV1. Haima EV1 is a long-range electric hatchback which offers a range of up to 352 kilometres.
Haima Automobile claims the price of the EV1 Hatchback will be under 10 lakhs when it gets launched in India. Haima Energy, which is a subsidiary of Haima group has collaborated with Bird Electric which is a subsidiary of an Indian company called 'Bird Group'. Bird Electric will manufacture the EV1 in India.
Haima EV1 Hatchback will be offered with two different battery packs- 20.42 kWh and 28.5 kWh. Both will offer 30 kW/ 40 hp of power but the latter one will belt out 150 Nm of torque which is more than 95 Nm offered with the smaller battery pack. Haima claims the power consumption of the EV1 as low as Rs 60 for 100 Km. EV1 will offer a range of 200 and 300 km respectively in real life. The top speed is rated at 120 km/h and the ground clearance is 160 mm.
Haima hasn't mentioned anything for the charging infrastructure and range anxiety solutions. All these doubts might be cleared at the launch. EV1 takes 9-11 hours for a full charge and it doesn't come with fast charging support. Talking about the dimensions, it measures 3680 mm in length, 1570 mm in width, 1530 mm in height and offers a wheelbase of 2340 mm. For a perspective, it is more compact than the Renault Kwid facelift.
Haima will start the production of the EV1 as soon as the Manesar plant gets ready. Haima Automobile has said that the first batch of EV1 will be dispatched in around 12-15 months. At the price of Rs 10 lakhs, it will compete with eKUV100 which has been launched at Rs 8.25 lakhs. At this price, it promises to offer a range of around 300 km which is really impressive as even the Nexon EV returns a range of under 300 km in real life. We can't say about the interior and features as they might get changed in the Indian-spec model. Hence, we are zipping our lips and looking forward to the launch of EV1.