GAC and Mitsubishi have long had a partnership over in China, and have committed themselves to the electric vehicle cause. Starting this month, GAC Mitsubishi Motors have started the production of their electric vehicle under their alliance in the form of the Eupheme EV.
Designed by GAC with technical cooperation with Mitsubishi Motors, the new EV is also their first electrically assisted crossover. Given that major players such as Hyundai and Kia have released their EV crossovers, GAC aims to be one of the pioneers of the genre. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko has high hopes for the electric crossover, saying that it is one of their key vehicles in their EV push in China, as well as worldwide.
"The launch of Eupheme EV follows the Eupheme Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) SUV to market and is an important milestone for GMMC. It demonstrates the critical role that EV technology will play in meeting Chinese consumers’ needs and contributes to the automotive industry in China. China is one of our most important markets and we look forward to greatly expanding our position in the country during our Drive for Growth plan,” said Masuko.
For now, it's not a widespread launch for the all-electric crossover just yet. Twelve key cities will serve as the initial release markets for the Eupheme EV in China, including Beijing, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Tianjin. A nationwide (China) release will soon follow.
There are currently no full specs of the Euphene EV just yet either. However, the company is claiming that the crossover can go up to 410 km on a single charge, according to Chinese testing cycles. Also, it has a base price of 135,800 Chinese Yuan (about Php 1,051,576 in current exchange rates). At the moment, there are no plans for the Euphene EV to be exported out of China but if there is, it will be one of the most affordable ways to get an all-electric crossover.