2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Now China Thinks It Can Build A Better EV Than Tesla

Welcome to the Thunder Power.

Tesla has become the automaker to beat at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and now China has unveiled an electric sedan to compete against the Model S. This electric sedan is made by the Taiwanese manufacturer “Thunder Power” and comes in two powerful versions: 308 hp and 428 hp. Apparently, both models will be able to cover 403 miles on one charge and be able to drive 186 miles on a 30-minute charge. The 428 hp version can get to 62 mph in under five seconds and onto a top speed of 155 mph.

That’s faster than Tesla’s 70D model with a longer range, as well. So that’s a fair trade-off right? The vehicle’s exterior design is questionable, but the interior is purely futuristic. The cabin has a high-tech TP-Touch display that covers the entire length of the dashboard and includes the infotainment system, the instrument cluster, internet access, as well as passenger video streaming. There’s also a devoted EV platform, which is powered by a 125 kWh microprocessor-controlled battery pack that is apparently lighter and cheaper to produce than the competition's. The Thunder Power Sedan is expected to make its European debut in 2017, heading over to the US and China in 2018.

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