China EV startup Aiways will launch SUV in Europe

The car accelerates to 100kph (62mph) in 2.5 seconds, according to the company. 

Chinese electric-vehicle start-up Aiways says it will start European sales of the U5 midsize SUV later this year.

Aiways said the car has a range of 460 km (286 miles) that can be extended to 560 km if the customer chooses to lease additional battery packs that fit into the floor of the car.

The U5 is already in production at Aiway’s factory in Shangrao City in China’s south-eastern Jiangxi province.

The SUV is built on a modular platform using a blend of aluminum and high-strength steel, with the battery pack sandwiched in the floor, the company said.

Technology includes a triple panel of screens in front of the driver, as well as a high-definition touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. The car is available with adaptive cruise control and autonomous low-speed parking.

The U5 is 4680mm long, about the same length as an Audi Q5. It is also 1880mm wide and 1680mm tall, on its website.