Chinese automakers managed to get a lot of attention at the Auto Expo 2020 and the pavilion of these automakers was filled with an array of cars ranging from microcars to MPVs and a lot of future proof electric vehicles. One such stand was of the Chinese automaker, Haima Automobile, which showcased an electrifying bunch of vehicles. One such interesting reveal was of the Haima E1 EV which is sold as the Aishang EV 360 in China. It is an affordable electric vehicle with a healthy range.
Dimensionally, it would be as much as a Maruti Suzuki Celerio which makes it for the perfect Urban commuter for solo as well as a family. The design is minimal and has a high stance. It surely looks outdated in terms of design as compared to the fellow exhibits at the expo but is much more practical. The tall design helps it extract more cabin space and thus keep the occupants comfortable even in such a short footprint.
It follows a similar design template as many EVs and the front is devoid of a grille. Instead, we get a solid piece with the “Haima” logo on it. The charging port is hidden underneath it and when closed has a clean look. The sides are plain with a single bulged line running from the front fender. This gives it a muscular look and the bonnet also flaunts a raised design to give it some extra muscles. The window lines on the side end with a chunk of plastic which connects the rear windows with the rear windshield. The aesthetically designed roof rails also add a touch of drama to the simple looking car.
The E1 EV is powered by an electric motor 53.2 bhp of power and 140 Nm of torque. These figures make it a sluggish mover but will help in extracting impressive range figures, 301 km on a full charge to be precise. Power is provided to the electric motor via a 28.5 kWh Lithium-Ion battery. The international variant also gets a smaller battery pack of 20.42 kWh which gives it a range of 202 km.
The interior is minimal with the dashboard flaunting two digital displays, one for the instrument cluster and the other 10.1-inch for the infotainment system. The E1 EV will be Haima’s first offering for India when they start selling their cars in India. Bird Electric is the sub-brand of Haima which will sell its electric offerings. The E1 EV will be bought in through the CKD route and will be assembled at its new facility that is coming up in Manesar. As it is a CKD unit, the prices will be from Rs. 10 lakhs and we expect it to come down once the subsidiary rates are clicked in. The closest rival for Haima E1 EV will be the recently launched Mahindra eKUV100 which is till date, the cheapest Indian EV on sale.