Electric cars

Full charge coming soon

Full charge coming soon

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The car-buying season is back with the organization of this year’s Bangkok International Motor Show, reflecting the latest trends in the Thai car market.

A total of 27 automakers and eight motorcycle manufacturers are participating in this year’s event, with 30 new and updated models.

However, the most notable trend at the show, which runs through April 3 at IMPACT Challenger, is the emergence of electric vehicles (EVs), with more than 20 models on display.

The government recently reduced import duties and excise tax on imported electric vehicles in addition to offering subsidies of 70,000 to 150,000 baht depending on battery size and reduced VAT , leading to significant price declines.

For example, the ORA Good Cat 400 TECH imported from China, once priced at 989,000, is now sold for 828,500 baht. The MG EV, formerly priced at 998,000 baht, now sells for 761,000 baht.

Show organizer Dr Prachin Eamlumnow said the car market had shown signs of recovery, after two years of decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“According to the government, production of automobiles and motorcycles in Thailand will increase from last year,” he said.

“At the same time, the automotive industry is gearing up for a major technological transition from internal combustion engine technology to electric technology. And there is crucial government support in terms of production for home use and export.”

Prachin added that the Bangkok International Motor Show is also helping to promote electric vehicles, with a large number of electric cars and motorcycles on display, including a special area to showcase future electric vehicle technologies.

The EV Smart City area of ​​the show showcases innovative electric vehicles and state-of-the-art electronic equipment, due to growing consumer interest in electric vehicle technology. Here, eight BEV (battery-powered electric vehicles) and PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) models are showcased from BMW, Great Wall Motor, MG, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche and Volvo.

As much as 30 billion baht is expected to be spent on the auto sales extravaganza, which is one of the major such events in Southeast Asia.

BMWi4.

BMW i4 M50

THE PRICE: 4,999,000 baht
POWER/TORQUE: 544hp/795Nm
TOP SPEED: 225km/h
0-100km/h: 3.9 seconds
INTERVAL: 521km
BATTERY: 83.9 kWh

Based on the 4 Series Gran Coupé, the i4 M50 features two electric motors with a combined output of 544 hp and a range of 521 km. The rear-drive version (same price) with an electric motor has a longer range of 590 km.

The energy content of the high voltage battery is 83.9 kWh. DC charging is possible up to 205 kW, which takes about 31 minutes for a 10-80% charge.

The M50 has up to 795Nm of torque in Sport Boost mode, allowing it to go from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, while the rear-wheel drive has a maximum torque of 430Nm, giving it gives a 0 to 100 km/h time of 5.7 seconds.

Lexus UX 300e.

Lexus UX300e

THE PRICE: 3,490,000 baht
POWER/TORQUE: 201hp/300Nm
TOP SPEED: 160km/h
0-100km/h: 7.5 seconds
INTERVAL: 360km
BATTERY: 54.3 kWh

The UX 300e is powered by an electric motor providing a maximum output of 150 kW, or 201 hp. Combined with a lithium-ion battery, the car achieves acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and the battery, with a high capacity of 54.3 kWh, also allows the car to reach a distance 360 km maximum travel on a single charge.

Toyota says the car’s body panels use aluminum, resulting in a lightweight vehicle with a low center of gravity, which improves stability and handling.

Lexus offers a 10-year unlimited mileage warranty for the hybrid battery as well as a free Lexus wall charger installation service.

MG ZS EV.

MG ZS VE

THE PRICE: 1,023,000 baht
POWER/TORQUE: 177hp/280Nm
TOP SPEED: 175km/h
0-100km/h: 7.5 seconds
INTERVAL: 320km
BATTERY: 50.3kWh

The 2022 ZS EV Change gets a grilleless front-end design along with a new 177hp motor and larger 50.3kWh battery with a range of 320km.

Along with increased safety features and technologies, the 2022 model also comes with a V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that works as a power source to charge other electrical devices with a maximum load of 2200W.

Charging takes 30 minutes from 30-80% on a fast-charging station and 7 hours and 15 minutes from 0-100% via a home wall box.

MINI Electric Collection Edition.

MINI Electric Collection Edition

THE PRICE: 2,459,000 baht
POWER/TORQUE: 184hp/270Nm
TOP SPEED: 150km/h
0-100km/h: 7.3 seconds
INTERVAL: 234km
BATTERY: 54kWh

Only 40 units of the three-door MINI Electric Collection Edition are available, each featuring a multi-tone roof with flowing gradient hues made possible by an innovative new wet-on-wet paint process at MINI’s Oxford UK plant . The lighter Pearly Aqua shade is applied to the roof first, followed by the darker San Marino Blue on the front of the roof and Jet Black on the rear.

The electric motor produces 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.3 seconds.

Along with advanced assistance and safety features, other highlights include MINI Visual Boost radio, MINI Yours aluminum interior surface and 12 Harman Kardon speakers.

ORA Good Cat GT.

ORA Good Cat GT

THE PRICE: N / A
POWER/TORQUE: 140hp/210Nm
TOP SPEED: 160km/h
0-100km/h: 6.9 seconds
INTERVAL: 480km
BATTERY: 59.1kWh

The ORA Good Cat GT is the sporty version of this cute Chinese EV, with a maximum power of 140 hp and a maximum torque of 210 Nm. Sales have not yet started but should start later this year.

The Good Cat GT features an eye-catching sporty design with a carbon fiber front grille and GT-badged spoiler on the rear, as well as 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels and red brake calipers.

Detailed in unique red and black, the interior is equipped with a memory driver’s seat with a “welcome” system, a massage system, an automatic ventilation system and a hands-free power tailgate.

Porsche Taycan GTS.

Porsche Taycan GTS

THE PRICE: 8,890,000 baht
POWER/TORQUE: 598 hp/850 Nm
TOP SPEED: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.9 seconds
INTERVAL: 500km
BATTERY: 93.4kWh

Making its first appearance in Southeast Asia, the new Porsche Taycan GTS has a maximum power of 598hp and 850Nm (with launch control activated), as well as a top speed of 250km/h. It is the first Taycan model to cross the 500 km mark.

The new Sports Design Pack brings distinctive trim for the front, rear and side skirts, and the trim for the daytime running light elements in the main LED headlights is finished in matte black with 3D track graphics.

The Taycan GTS comes with an updated Porsche Active Suspension Management for better grip and greater comfort. This is mated to an optional rear wheel steering system, specially retuned for more focused handling.

Toyota bZ4X.

Toyota bZ4X

THE PRICE: N / A
POWER/TORQUE: 204hp/265Nm
TOP SPEED: 160km/h
0-100km/h: 8.4 seconds
INTERVAL: 500km
BATTERY: 71.4kWh

The Toyota bZ4X mid-size electric SUV is the first model in Toyota’s new “beyond zero” electric brand. It is presented to showcase Toyota’s EV technology and is not for sale.

It comes with a 71.4kWh battery, with a targeted range of up to 500km for the front-wheel-drive version powered by a 200hp engine.

The bZ4X is the first new Toyota model to feature the latest Toyota Safety Sense package. This system has been improved by expanding the detection range of the millimeter wave radar and the monocular camera.

Purely electric Volvo C40.

Purely electric Volvo C40

THE PRICE: 2,750,000 baht
POWER/TORQUE: 408 hp/660 Nm
TOP SPEED: 180km/h
0-100km/h: 4.7 seconds
INTERVAL: 420km
BATTERY: 70.8kWh

The C40 is equipped with two electric motors driving all four wheels, delivering 408 hp and 660 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is claimed at 4.7 seconds while top speed is limited to 180 km/h.

Volvo claims a range of 420km on a single charge for the 70.8kWh battery and fast charging from 0-80% takes 37 minutes.

The C40 features a leather-free interior and one-pedal control, as well as built-in Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play.