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GAC Enverge Electric CUV: 373-Mile Range, 10-Minute Charge For 240 Miles

•, by Domenick Yoney

The Guangzhou Automobile Co. (GAC), China's 6th largest automaker, is coming to America, possibly as soon as late 2019. When it does, it may eventually offer an all-electric crossover with DNA that be traced back to the Enverge concept that it has just unveiled in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

According to Autocar, the concept is fitted with a 71 kWh battery over-optimistically said to be capable of achieving a 373-mile range. (One might expect a figure closer to 250 miles if rated by the EPA.) Featuring all-wheel drive, it boasts 235 horsepower and 302 lb-feet of twist which can propel it to 62 miles per hour from a dead stop in a startling 4.4 seconds. With a top speed of 99 mph, it would be capable of breaking speed limits, but not able to out run law enforcement if it does.

Of all the specs, charging speed is the most notable for a couple of reasons. First, GAC's vice-president of engineering, Zhang Ian, says it can accommodate 240 miles worth of charge in ten minutes. We estimate that would translate to 160 EPA-standard miles in ten minutes, which is still pretty impressive.The kicker: according to The Verge, it can do so wirelessly. Now that we'd have to see to believe.

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