The stylish Qiantu K50 Chinese electric sports car is coming to America.
For years, the Chinese government has required that American cars sold in China be built and distributed by Chinese car manufacturers. That’s just the price of business in the largest automotive market on Earth, and while car makers might grumble about it, they were willing to play along.
Flash forward a few years later and now China has the technology to build electric cars that American companies failed to make. And as Autoblog points out, just as they do things in China, those companies are looking for American firms to manufacture and sell Chinese cars.
Turnabout is fair play, after all.
The company is called Qiantu, which is part of a larger Chinese automotive holding and technology company called CH-Auto. They’ve partnered with California-based Mullen Technologies to bring the all-electric K50 sports coupe to the United States.
Although no Tesla, the Qiantu K50 still has a gorgeous exterior and quite a few pleasing features. Twin electric motors provide a combined 402 horsepower, with zero to 62 mph being accomplished in just 4.6 seconds. Top speed is an electronically limited 124 mph. A 78 kWh battery pack should provide a respectable range of 236 miles on a single charge.
To keep weight low, the K50’s chassis and body are made of a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber. That might make the K50 a pricey endeavor, but Mullen states in their press release that the car will be “unexpectedly affordable.” A K50 in China costs over $100,000 in US currency, so we’re not sure what they mean by “affordable.”
Considering that a new Tesla Model 3 provides similar performance for $45,000, we’re thinking the price will have to be around the $60,000 mark.
The K50 will be manufactured in Mullen’s soon-to-be-completed plant in Moreno Valley and use pre-assembled components from China in addition to locally-sourced parts where cheaper. This will presumably keep costs down, but it’s a long walk down from $100,000. We’ll have to wait and see how Mullen and CH-Auto set their pricing for an American market that stubbornly refuses to go electric.