If there's anything thing that stops people from buying electric vehicles in the Philippines is the price and lack of infrastructure. While it will take government intervention to address the latter, Chery Philippines wants to address the former with its upcoming model. It's called the Arrizo 5e, and it will be the brand's first-ever sedan and EV to be sold locally. The best part about it is that the Arrizo 5e could very well be the most affordable EV in the market.
The all-electric Arrizo 5e is based on the standard Arrizo 5 sedan sold in China and Latin America. Unlike most electric variants of a standard model, there are no distinguishing design features between the electric 5e and the gasoline-powered Arrizo 5. Well, that is apart from the badge which features a green e.
Inside the Arrizo 5e, it's the same story. There's a simple dashboard with a large touchscreen infotainment front and center. The only difference between the gasoline-powered and EV is that the latter uses a circular “gear” selector and features a digital instrument cluster.
In place of a gasoline engine, the Arrizo 5e is powered by an electric motor that produces 122 horsepower and 276 Nm torque. It was not mentioned how big the battery will be, but the automaker claims it can do 400 kilometers on a single charge. Oddly enough, Chery did not mention how that range was measured. Using a fast charger, it will only take 30-minutes to charge the battery up to 80%.
Chery Philippines will be launching the Arrizo 5e, digitally on August 7, 2020. No pricing has been announced just yet, but expect it to be a lot more affordable compared to those the offerings of automakers. It might just be priced well enough to get the Filipino people shifting to electric vehicles.
Now, if only we can address the infrastructure issue.