Evergrande Auto is preparing to start production in the fourth quarter of 4. Hengchi brand electric cars are completing their final test cycles. The manufacturer announced this week that large-scale production of e-cars should run in 2021. A few days ago, Hengchi 2022, 1, 3, 5 and 6 were released for final summer tests. If the winter tests took place in Sweden, Austria and China, and there were also other tests in Germany, Turpan in the autonomous Xinjiang province was now chosen.
Summer tests in the desert climate
Turpan has a continental desert climate. The annual rainfall is 16 mm, the summers are extremely hot, the winters cold. Now, in the warm season, the average temperature is 40 degrees Celsius, an ordeal for e-cars. Evergrande tests the performance of the batteries and their cooling systems in this environment. The effectiveness of the air conditioning and the behavior of electrical systems in desert climates are on the agenda, as is the behavior of the braking systems in extreme heat.
Desert tests are the acid test for every new car. Saab once liked to test in Nevada, a US state with extensive desert areas. But that's long gone. Even if the company owns the legacies in Sweden, Evergrande is not the brand's successor. The focus is entirely on China, Sweden currently only plays a role in research and development.
Hengchi 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7
At the start of the summer tests there was a small ceremony with Hengchi 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 in front of the Hengchi plant. What is well received as marketing in China and worth a short film looks a bit strange to European eyes.
The test team's roll call appears like a military formation. Clothing alone distinguishes engineers from militia. What is also noticeable is the pleasing, but bland design of the vehicles. If you are looking for something typical of the brand, you will not find it. Instead of the Hengchi lion, NIO or BAIC could also be on the bonnet. Nobody would notice.
A result of the fact that various designs have been purchased externally. There is no brand identity in the supermarket and there is no quick process. But maybe it's the technical data and not the design that will convince.
The market launch and the technical data of the e-cars can be eagerly awaited. Evergrande Auto does not rely on the technologies of CATL or other well-known suppliers for the batteries, but goes its own way.
The company has its own production. In order to keep the batteries up to the latest technical standard, the development team of a Korean competitor was recruited. The action caused some anger in Korea and was likely to have been financially demanding. In a few months it will be possible to see whether it was worth it.