Tesla set the tone for luxury electric cars in 2008, when it delivered the Model S. Since that time, other small auto manufacturers have raced to tap into that segment with cars such as the Karma Revero and the Lucid Air. The Chinese company Qiantu Motors will debut their offering, the Qiantu K50, during the New York Auto Show opening tomorrow.
Officially called the Qiantu K50 by MULLEN, the K50 is a two-door, electric sports car built on an all-aluminum frame with a weight of 618 lb. Qiantu is also looking to minimize weight by using carbon fiber body panels. Not only is the K50’s light weight a talking point for performance, it will also help to extend the electric car’s range as well.
The K50 sprints from 0-60mph in a respectable 4.6 seconds and tops out at an electronically governed 124 mph. Two motors independently provide power to each axle, allowing all-wheel drive in different driving modes. With a stated range of 230 miles, the RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System, aka the battery) competitively aligns with other offerings in the category.
The K50 comes with features designed to tempt the sports car enthusiast. It uses Pirelli P-Zero tires on a forged aluminum wheel, tamed by Brembo brakes . Inside the car, the driver can sink into leather and Alcantara sports seats to view the 6-inch HD central control information and entertainment system. And, here’s a fun and different one: the K50 has an air circulation system charged by a solar roof panel. After the inside of the car reaches 77 degrees, the system kicks in.
By MULLEN. What does that mean? Based in Southern California, Mullen Technologies is a licensed electric vehicle manufacturer with international distribution. Qiantu partnered with them to bring the K50 to North America. In their Moreno Valley plant, Mullen will manufacture the K50 from pre-assembled parts from China and also source parts here when it makes more fiscal sense.
In China, the K50 costs around $112,000, which is pretty steep. A similarly performing car, the Tesla Model 3 starts at about $45,000. Qiantu and Mullen plan to get the cost down so they can be an enticing option in the US, but the MSRP has yet to be determined. The K50 is set to land in showrooms in 2020 in a limited production to check out the market.