Aiways U5 EV Reaches Frankfurt After Epic 9,334-Mile Drive From China, Sets World Record | CarMojo

Aiways U5 EV Reaches Frankfurt After Epic 9,334-Mile Drive From China, Sets World Record | CarMojo


Aiways U5 EV Reaches Frankfurt After Epic
9,334-Mile Drive From China, Sets World Record The two Aiways U5 electric SUV prototypes
covered 15,022 kilometers after crossing 12 countries in 53 days. The Mini Cooper SE’s 400-km (248-mile) drive
from Munich to the Frankfurt Motor Show is child’s play compared to the way another
EV arrived at the event. China’s Aiways has officially set a Guinness
World Records title for the “longest journey by an electric vehicle (prototype)” after
two of its U5 electric SUVs completed an epic 15,022-kilometer (9,334-mile) road trip from
China to Frankfurt, Germany. The Aiways U5 EVs started their journey in
Xi’an, Shanxi, China on July 17 and arrived in Frankfurt on September 7 after crossing
12 countries following the ancient Silk Road. The Aiways U5 Engineering Drive Team used
the 53-day drive to test the pair of development cars in various conditions, including different
climates, road conditions, and charging infrastructures.Aiways U5 at the arrival in Frankfurt The prototypes passed through China, Kazakhstan,
Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France
and Switzerland. Along the way, the convoy tackled the Chinese Gobi Desert, Kazakh Steppe,
and Southern Ural Mountains, locations that are difficult to cross and lack an adequate
electric vehicle charging infrastructure. That is why engineers frequently relied on
low-voltage power sources to recharge the prototype vehicles overnight. Also read: Production Byton M-Byte EV Retains
Ginormous 48-Inch Digital Dash, Starts At €45,000 The Aiways team used this to successfully
optimize the U5’s charging logic, ensuring compatibility with different charging standards
and varying voltages. Engineers constantly monitored the thermal management system underpinning
the 65 kWh battery pack, as well as the electric motor, suspension components, and dynamic
characteristics.Aiways U5 at the start of the 9,320-mile journey in Xi’An, Shanxi,
China “This has been a drive of epic proportions,
with the U5 tackling some of the best and worst road conditions that drivers might expect
to come across in a lifetime of driving,” said Aiways Chief Technical Officer Winter
Wang. “It shows the high standard of development work that has gone into creating a car that
is as suitable for driving in Shanghai as it is in Western Europe,” he added. The epic drive should serve as a great conversation
starter in Europe about the Aiways U5 which has recently achieved European homologation
in all product aspects. The company promises its electric midsize SUV offers a 460-km (286-mile)
driving range as per NEDC as well as premium build quality, connectivity and safety thanks
to its aluminum-steel More Adaptable Structure (MAS) platform. The Aiways U5 features a 140
kW (188 HP / 190 PS) electric motor that sends up to 315 Nm (232 lb-ft) of torque to the
front wheels only. It will go on sale in Europe in April 2020.

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