[YesAuto News] There is good news from new car companies, this time it is AIWAYS. On April 15th, AIWAYS announced that it has completed the third round of financing. This round of financing was led by Shagang Group, Shanghai Puyin Industrial Co., Ltd., Fuding Capital, Guizhou Funa Yuanchuang Technology Co., Ltd. and other enterprises and institutions Follow the vote. Up to now, AIWAYS has accumulated more than 7 billion yuan in financing.
In addition, the first mass-produced car based on the MAS platform developed by AIWAYS will be unveiled tomorrow (April 16). The car is positioned as a pure electric mid-size SUV. In the future, AIWAYS plans to have two product lines: one is a product line of self-developed models based on the MAS platform; the other is a high-performance electric supercar product line led by the German branch.
● Beijing Auto Show will announce two new car information
A few days ago, AIWAYS officially released the official map of the first pure electric SUV model. The new car will be named U5 ION. It is expected to officially roll off the production line in the second half of 2019. The price before the subsidy is between 200,000 and 300,000 yuan. The official did not disclose the drive motor and operating conditions of the car equipped with parameter information such as cruising range.
Judging from the official map released this time, its front face adopts a closed front grille design, with the long and narrow headlights on the left and right sides, making the car look very futuristic. At the same time, the bulging lines of its cabin cover also give the car a more muscular visual effect. From the side of the body, the new car adopts a more square design style as a whole, and the use of flat and straight roof bars helps to improve the utilization of space in the car.
Unlike the U5 ION, the high-performance electric supercar is a customized and hand-built route. Roland Gumpert, known as the “father of Audi quattro”, leads the design and research and development. He joined AIWAYS in September 2017 as a lover. Chief Product Officer and General Manager of the German company. Not long ago, the design sketches and spy photos of the RG pure electric sports car have been exposed. Official information shows that the 0-100km/h acceleration time of the RG pure electric sports car is 2.5 seconds, and the top speed reaches 300km/h, or it will achieve 1200km endurance. The booking will be opened at this year's Beijing Auto Show. However, the current lithium battery technology is difficult to support such a long battery life, so the industry speculates that RG may use fuel cell technology. Both new cars will be officially unveiled at this year's Beijing Auto Show, when more product information will be announced.
● The layout of the industrial chain is beginning to take shape
AIWAYS was founded in February 2017, and was renamed AIWAYS Auto in February 2018. The two co-founders are Fu Qiang, the former global vice president of Volvo, and Gu Feng, the former CFO of SAIC. There are currently more than 700 people in the entire AIWAYS team.
In terms of production and manufacturing, AIWAYS Automotive Plant is located in Shangrao, Jiangxi. The foundation stone was laid in March 2017. The project was topped off at the end of February this year. It is planned to complete all equipment commissioning before the end of this year. According to the plan, the Shangrao base will have an annual output of 150,000 new energy vehicles after the completion of the first phase, and an additional 150,000 new energy vehicles after the completion of the second phase, eventually reaching an annual production capacity of 300,000 new energy vehicles.
In addition, on April 13th, AIWAYS’s technical center in Jiading District, Shanghai has also been officially launched. The total investment of the technical center project equipment exceeds 300 million yuan, mainly including the modeling center, the power system center, and the electrical and electronic test. , Trial production center, with functions such as material/system component testing and vehicle performance testing.
At present, AIWAYS has reached strategic partnerships with Siemens (China), Bosch (China), Wanbang New Energy, NavInfo, Shanghai Jiaotong Group, Shenlan Technology and many other companies and institutions to develop and sell products. Provide support for further integration of services, aftermarket services, intelligent R&D, and digital production.