this is how long it takes for this electric SUV to “recharge”

The Chinese brand Rising Auto presents its first car, an SUV called R7 and available in several versions. Displayed at around 40,000 euros in China, it is compatible with the battery change system, as the Nio already offers in Europe. An operation that would only take two and a half minutes.

Could a new player disrupt the Chinese electric car market? It’s entirely possible. Because if for now the Rising Auto brand, also called Feifan, is almost unknown to the general public, it could become a very good place for itself. And for good reason, the company belongs to the SAIC group, which also owns MGwhich is starting to develop well in Europe and particularly in France with the new MG4.

A unique electric SUV

So the Asian company is lifting the veil on its first production vehicle, known as the R7 and announced last year for the ES33 concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. Here’s the final version, styled reminiscent of the Nio EC6 revealed in 2019.

At 4.90 meters long, 1.93 meters wide and 1.66 meters high, this newcomer to the market is slightly smaller than its rival but longer than the Tesla Model Y, another of its competitors. As the website explains China car news, this new model has a very good Cx for an SUV of just 0.24. By way of comparison, the Audi e-Tron’s is 0.28, while the Mercedes EQS is capped at 0.20, a record for a production vehicle.

On board, five people can participate, while the electric SUV has a very generous wheelbase of 2.95 meters. The driving position is futuristic and features a large 43-inch digital dashboard, which reminds us of the Mercedes Hyperscreen with two 10.25-inch and 12.3-inch screens, the first in front of the driver and the second in front of the passenger.

The central screen then displays a diagonal of 15.05 inches with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 processor, while the car is also equipped with the AR-HUD system provided by Huawei. It consists of an ultra-advanced 70-inch head-up display projected directly onto the windshield. The trunk volume was not reported by the manufacturer.

Battery change to “recharge” in 2.5 minutes

As detailed CNEVPostthis new R7 is available in four versions with one or two electric motors, displaying outputs between 340 and 544 horsepower, for 0 to 100 km/h reached in 5.8 to 3.8 seconds. Two battery capacities are offered, namely 90 and 77 kWh, allowing the electric SUV to travel between 551 and 642 kilometers depending on the chinese cycle CLTC. Be careful, because the latter is a little more optimistic than our European WLTP.

In case the charging time has not been communicated by the brand, we know that this Rising Auto R7 is compatible with the battery exchange that was announced by SAIC, the parent company, and which will also be destined for MG cars. A system already proposed by Nio in China and Europe. Rising Auto thus announces two and a half minutes to change the battery.

To take advantage of this, future customers will have to opt for the battery rental offer, while a formula including purchase will also be offered. It will then be necessary to count between 1,260 (about 181 euros) and 1,560 yuan (about 224 euros) per month, depending on the capacity chosen.

Autonomous driving and LiDAR

This newcomer to the market will also be equipped with autonomous driving (with the Nvidia Orin X chip), while it will be offered with an optional LiDAR, for 20,000 yuan, or the equivalent of 2,873 euros. Provided by Luminar, this then reaches a range of 500 meters. It will likely be a level 2 system, while only some models like the Mercedes S-Class and EQS offer level 3. Remember that the latter has now been authorized on French roads since 1 September. .

Feifan R7 2

According to CNEVPost, at least 289,900 yuan will be needed for the entry-level version, equivalent to 41,650 euros. An affordable price, which could compete with the MG Marvel R here (sold by Rising Auto in China), which starts at 38,990 euros, eco bonus not deducted. But be careful as European prices are often much higher than Chinese prices due to import costs.

The first deliveries will start in October, but nothing has yet been announced for Europe. The Chinese brand plans release at least one new model per year until 2025in the sedans, SUVs and minivans segment.

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