Honda C-HR EV has been finally launched in the Chinese market. The SUV was first unveiled at he Shanghai Motor Show last year.
Toyota unveiled the electric C-HR at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. One year after the official debut, the C-HR EV has become China’s first zero-emission mass-production car under the Toyota brand. The new electric car is being offered in five different trim levels, with prices ranging from $31,870 (Rs 24.22 lakh) to $35,357 (Rs 26.87 lakh) (Including government subsidies). The launch of the C-HR EV is a part of the company’s strategy to retail more than 5.5 million electric cars by the end of 2030.
The electric SUV rubs shoulders against the Hyundai Kona Electric
The Toyota C-HR is powered by a 54.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which puts out 201bhp of peak power. Moreover, electric SUV offers a claimed driving range of 400 km on one full charge in the NEDC cycle. One can charge the EV from 0 to 75 per cent in just 50 minutes using a fast charger. The new Toyota EV directly rivals with the likes of Hyundai Kona Electric in the Chinese market. The Kona is already getting retailed in the India market. Outside, the Toyota C-HR looks quite identical to its IC-engined sibling, the SUV continues to feature its eccentric SUV design along with the sporty lines and creases. Nevertheless, the differences between both the models are visible, because the C-HR electric does not have an exhaust system and it gets ‘EV’ badging at the front and rear.
In the Chinese market, the EV is priced between Rs 24.22 lakh to Rs 26.87 lakh
Compared to its IC-engine sibling, the C-HR EV is 270 kgs heavier because it employs the battery pack and motor. Inside, the electric SUV features a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster, a floating touchscreen infotainment system, white upholstery, steering mounted controls, three display modes, blacked-out dashboard with piano black inserts and much more. The battery pack is fitted on the floor while the electric mill is placed underneath the bonnet.