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GM upgrades, extends range of micro EV

General Motors has begun selling an upgraded version of the two-door, two-seat Baojun-badged E100 electric car.

After a technical upgrade, the range of the E100 micro EV has been extended to 200 kilometers from 155 km, according to GM.

Additional upgrades that have been made to the vehicle include the adoption of Bluetooth phone functionality via an in-vehicle PAD, an automatic pedestrian warning switch and an intelligent lock function on charging equipment.

In addition, one of two variants of the EV now features a new door handrail and storage box, while the other variant is equipped with an automatic folding rearview mirror and parking camera.

The dimensions of the E100 remain unchanged: it is 2,488 mm long, 1,506 mm wide and 1,617 tall, with a wheelbase of 1,600 mm. It has a maximum speed of 100 km per hour.

The vehicle is produced at SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., a light-vehicle joint venture been GM and SAIC Motor Corp. which builds Wuling-brand minibuses and Baojun-badged passenger vehicles.

The two variants of the upgraded E100 are priced at 46,800 yuan ($7,040) and 59,800 yuan after government subsidies.

The micro EV is only sold in the south China city of Liuzhou where SAIC-GM-Wuling is based and the east China port city of Qingdao where the joint venture operates an assembly plant.

The previous version of the E100 went on sale in Liuzhou in August 2017. By mid-June this year, sales of the E100 had topped 21,000 vehicles, according to GM.

The E100 is the first EV launched by GM in China. The other two electrified vehicles the Detroit automaker has introduced are the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid, the Buick Velite 5 extended-range electric vehicle.

GM plans to deliver 10 electrified models in China from 2016 to 2020. The next two models planned are plug-in hybrid and EV versions of the Buick Velite 6.

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