Saturday, November 23, 2013

BMW X1-based electric crossover launches in China

If the car above looks like a BMW X1 that's received a new grille, that's because it is. But there's more on the inside. More specifically, an electric power train and a name you haven't heard: Zinoro.
Real uniqueness always stays ahead of world and time.
From conceptualization to product development, uniqueness is deeply rooted in the DNA of ZINORO 1E. Its pioneering flair and friendly manners complement both driver and passengers. As the first ESAV from China’s new leading automotive brand, and the very first ESAV in the world, the ZINORO 1E boasts world-class e-power automotive technology. The brainchild of research & development teams among which BMW Brilliance plays an important part, and the first battery-powered vehicle by a joint venture enterprise in China, it represents a unique blend of Chinese sensibilities and international quality.
BMW calls the Zinoro E1 an…ESAV, which stands for Electric Sports Activity Vehicle. Under the metal, there's an electric motor likely sourced from the i3 - since it develops the same 125 kw (168 hp / 170 PS) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of peak torque, and three lithium batteries mounted at the front under the engine hook, the center and the rear replacing traditional gasoline tank. Luggage space stands at a respectable 306 liters.
According to the automaker, the E1 has a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and a driving range of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles), with a full charge taking 7.5 hours.