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CH-Auto shows electric sports car prototype in Beijing


April 26, 2012

CH-Auto's Lithia EV Sports Car

CH-Auto's Lithia EV Sports Car

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China's CH Auto made a big splash at the last Auto China by displaying a Ferrari 599 copy named the Aculeus. This time the company has begun displaying some original talent and has produced a stylish electric sportscar.

The Lithia's range is specified at 150 km (93 miles), its lithium-ion battery recharges in 7 ours and while performance of 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in around 12 seconds and a top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph) may not put it in supercar territory, it's the type of vehicle we can expect to see being produced in China that might have appeal to export markets too.

CH Auto Lithia key specifications

  • Length × Width × Height: 4502 × 2046 × 1265 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2700 mm
  • Curb Weight: 1600 kg
    • Motor
  • Type: AC Induction Motor
  • Peak Power: 201 hp @ 7000-8000 rpm
  • Peak Torque: 220 N·m @ 0-5000 rpm
  • Max. RPM: 11000
    • Battery
  • Capacity: 36 kwh
  • Voltage: 346 V
  • Fast Charge (80%): 70 min
  • Full Charge: 7 hours
  • Sources: China Car times, Carscoop/Newspress

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    Pretty but where do you put the clubs.


    finally something interesting from the chinese car industry!

    shame it looks like an R8


    It does look rather like an Audi...


    I'll grant that this was built in China, but pardon my skepticism - was it designed in China? Chinese designs are typically much more garish than that. Gold plated door handles and badges galore with oddball front grilles and so on. This is a beautiful, clean looking sports car, looking like it came right from one of the better California automotive design studios.


    Have to call that one a "waker". Looks like it will go like stink but it's waxed string cant offend the cat much. Nought to 60 in 12 :-P. All those Prius racers are shivering in their boots.

    Bob Ehresman

    If it really had that much power it would be much faster, 0-60mph in under 7 seconds compared to other EV's times/hp ratio's.


    Very impressive. Does not look accessible, or high enough for entry/exit- especially to those with tall hair or a hat; so I am positive this design will be warmly appreciated by many people in the US.

    Chris Jordan

    Might be ripe for some "EV hot-rodding" to get this super-car-looks vehicle into the 4-5 second range. The looks are great, and the EV wiring will be in place to upgrade to high output motors, batteries, etc.... ;)

    Matt Rings

    @jerryd - yes, assuming 106 mph at 11000 rpm and direct gearing, with those torque and power numbers it should be able to accelerate at 3.8m/s/s from 0 to 100kph before the torque curve eases off. 3.8m/s/s is 0-60 in 7 seconds. Somehow reduce the weight to 2500lbs from the 3500 as displayed and you're in the 5 second 0-60 range :)

    PS check out the Coda (an all US car) - it's pretty decent, looks entirely ordinary, 100 mile range, thermal management on the pack, good acceleration - does the job.


    any crash testing done?? chinese cars are notorious for.......


    The real story is somehow a 599 mated with an R8 on their honeymoon in China and voila... the Aculeus, not to be confused with the Acela...

    Nicolas Zart

    The 7 hour charge means they will absolutely need a "quick change" or swappable type battery. Something that will take about a minute to change out or replace. Otherwise, with the millions of homes in China, now in line for cheap solar PV rooftops, the design seems reasonable.

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