FOSHAN, Guangdong－FAW Volkswage’s much anticipated electric Kaili E88 will be produced at the joint venture’s Foshan factory, the Beijing Times reported on August 26. Plans are being finalized, with production slated to begin in the end of 2013.
FAW-VW officials revealed that the Kaili EV will be structurally based on the New Bora electric but it will have entirely new exterior design closer to GM and Volvo’s offerings. The car’s battery and motor systems will be entirely independently designed. The car will reportedly measure 4.54 meters long, with a wheelbase of 2.6 meters.
The Kaili is an important model for the FAW-VW joint venture and a critical project for its Foshan plant. Although many enterprises, both domestic and foreign, are researching electric vehicles, the actual number of EVs on the market is quite small, making it hard to predict how the Kaili will do.