WUHU, Anhui – Chery New Energy Vehicle Co., Ltd. began production of the S61 electric SUV, the second model with a lightweight all-aluminum body based on its LFS platform, at its South Wuhu Plant here on December 28.
The strategic NEV model from parent company Chery Group, positioned as an A-segment high-end electric SUV with a wheelbase of 2,805 mm, is expected to launch to market in the first half of 2020 with an estimated price range of ¥200,000-¥250,000.
The yet-to-be-named S61 is equipped with smart technologies based on Chery NEV’s fourth generation super light and smart connected electric platform, with cutting edge technologies independently developed by Chery. Its advanced vehicle telematics system offers multi-scenario interactive experiences including AI voice control, multi-screen interaction and air purification. The LFS platform with which the S61 is based on provides the model with a high-strength aluminum alloy use of more than 93 percent to balance safety and energy-saving. The factory itself is situated in the Wuhu NEV industrial cluster, employing significant smart and digital production technologies and processes.
Currently Chery Group is active in new energy passenger vehicles, logistics vehicles, buses as well as special-purpose vehicles. Its “ant” micro EV has sold more than 100,000 units to date while its Karry new energy commercial vehicles account for about 20 percent of that market segment.
In the first 11 months of 2019, Chery Group sold 651,800 vehicles, with independent vehicle sales volume up 6.8 percent year-on-year.