The Chinese GAC Aion LX will soon enter production and offer 620 miles of range
by Dim Angelov, on July 21, 2021, 10:00
EVs have slowly been rising in popularity and have proven to be an alternative to the internal combustion engine, at least to an extent. The introduction of solid-state batteries is expected to bring EVs to the next level, although they are far from mass production. However, the Chinese carmaker GAC could get ahead of the game with their latest Aion LX. While many EVs currently on sale struggle to do 350 miles on a single charge, the new Aion LX promises over 620 miles (1,000 km) of emissions-free driving.
The Aion LX actually isn’t new, as it first came out in 2019. Back then, however, the car only had 404 miles (650 km) of range and that was the extended range LX80 model.
For 2022, the GAC Aion LX comes with a 150 kWh battery pack, which allows for a range of 562 miles (904 km) combined.
It’s worth noting that China, like other Asian countries, uses the NEDC rating system.
On the other hand, the 562-mile (904 km) range was achieved at 36 degrees Celsius (over 95 degrees Fahrenheit) and 90 percent humidity. We won’t get into the scientific part of it, but essentially heat and humidity reduce range and, in the long run, battery life. In fact, tests have shown that at 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) EVs lose around 15 percent of their maximum range, on average, with some nearing 20 percent.
As for the 2022 GAC, prices in China start from the equivalent of around $38,000. This gets you the base version with one electric motor, which produces 184 horsepower and has a range of 311 miles (500 km). The top-of-the-line model comes in at around $54,000 and has two electric motors (one on each axle), with a total output of 408 horsepower and 516 pound-feet (700 Nm). This is also where you get that 620-mile (1,000 km) range.
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To put things in perspective, the GAC Aion LX’s battery pack is 50 percent larger than the 100 kWh battery found in Tesla Model S – Tesla’s largest battery pack so far.
For now, the record-holder for the biggest EV range is the Tesla Model S Long Range, which claims 405 miles (652 km) of range WLTP.
The GAC Aion LX’s target is the local and neighboring markets (Australia included), but with a 154 percent jump in sales compared to last year, the company might turn its eyes on the much-desired US market. Only time will tell if it happens. Does the idea of a Chinese long-range EV crossover appeal to you?