Aiways U5: all-electric SUV to open for orders at the end of April
Aiways, the Shanghai-based manufacturer, has announced it will begin taking online orders in Europe for its U5 all-electric SUV at the end of April.
Having been forced to cancel the U5’s reveal at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, production of the U5 has re-started at its manufacturing facility in Shangrao, China, following the interruption caused by coronavirus.
Production of the European U5 will start in July, with the first deliveries now slated for August 2020. When it launches, Aiways will become the first Chinese start-up to bring an electric vehicle to European markets.
The U5 is designed to be affordable for everyone. Built using ultra high strength steel with aerospace-grade aluminium to make it lighter, stronger and safer, the U5 features a streamlined body with hidden door handles and dual-airflow spoiler for increased aerodynamic performance.
With a length of 4680mm, a width of 1870mm and a height of 1700mm, the all-electric SUV also features an electric tailgate with foot sensor leading to a bootspace of 432 litres. This extends to 1,555 litres with the rear seats down while under the loading floor there is another spacious compartment.
It has a 65kWh battery capacity and a range of 312 miles and can be fast charged from 30-80% in 30 minutes.
Secured via a small deposit, the U5 will be offered exclusively via a direct-to-customer sales model in response to the enforced period of ‘contactless’ retail because of COVID-19.