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Friday, November 5, 2010

Chery Auto Launches First All-Electric Car



Chinese auto maker Chery Automobile Co. entered the new- energy vehicle market Friday with the launch of its high-speed all-electric M1- EV car.

Chery joins other local auto makers, including Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. and Great Wall Motor Co. (2333.HK), in launching new-energy vehicles, a sector identified by the government as having strategic importance.

The M1-EV, equipped with a 336-volt electric drive system, has a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour and can cover 150km on a single charge, the company said in a statement.

The statement didn't say how much the new model costs.

Chery also showcased another all-electric car--the S18D--at an international electric car show in Shenzhen on Friday. That model includes a range-extending device enabling the car to cover 300km on a charge, the statement said.

The Chinese government has pledged to speed up development of new-energy vehicles as it seeks to gain more clout in the global auto industry while also promoting energy efficiency.

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