Already with a handful of best-selling hybrids, Chery Auto Philippines is not about to pull its punches when it comes to the exciting, high-stakes electric vehicle race.
Next year, the fast-rising car brand is about to launch two fully electric vehicles: The Chery EQ1 and the EQ7.
“Chery Auto Philippines wants to be at the forefront of change promoting a new era of green mobility,” Froilan Dytianquin, managing director of Chery Auto Philippines, said.
“This path we are heading to aligns with Chery’s global advocacy to promote green mobility through technological innovation.”
They provided a glimpse of their offerings during the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit 2023 which was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
For Chery Auto Philippines, this is a major pivot toward what is now a household phrase — green mobility.
Among the vehicles unveiled was the Chery EQ1, a city car that has already gained traction in China’s mini electric vehicle segment.
The three-door hatchback features a 40hp permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and offers a battery capacity of up to 38 kilowatt-hour.
It is not just another small EV. It represents Chery’s blue print to acquire the lion’s share of the market. After all, it has reportedly sold 200,000 in China over the last four years.
In the cutthroat mid-size SUV segment, Chery is set to unleash the EQ7 by the second half of next year.
The EQ7 is built on an all-aluminum pure electric technology platform, aiming to reduce vehicle weight by about 25 percent, according to its specs.
It will feature a 207 hp motor and a lithium iron phosphate battery pack, with a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour.
Chery will also unveil the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro PHEV. It’s the new entry to the widely successful Tiggo series.
This version, though, is a plug-in hybrid that features Chery’s signature Kunpeng e+ PHEV powertrain.
It combines a 1.5-liter turbo engine with a 19.27 kWh battery and dual motors, delivering a combined 241 hp and 510 Nm of torque.
The Tiggo 7 Pro PHEV offers a pure EV range of 100 km and a total range of 950 km, making it a versatile option for various driving needs.
“Essentially, Chery’s current model lineup will be further complemented with complete new energy derivatives such as Hybrids, PHEVs, and new full Electric Vehicle models,” Dytianquin added.
Chery’s entry to this electric migration is more than that. It is not only adding its EV lineup but is also upgrading its intelligent transformation.
That includes localized EV and battery supply chains which are vital to the sustained growth of EV in the Philippine automotive industry.
“With the preview of these new energy vehicles, we want to show Chery’s commitment towards preservation of the environment at the same time provide customers alternatives for electric mobility to offset the rising fossil fuel costs,” Dytianquin added.