Chinese tech giant Xiaomi unveiled its first electric vehicle, called the Xiaomi SU7. This sleek and futuristic sedan boasts some seriously impressive specs that could make it a top contender in the EV market when it launches. So what makes the Xiaomi SU7 stand out?
For starters, Xiaomi claims the SU7 will have an astounding range of up to 745 miles on a single charge based on the CLTC standard, would put it near the top of the pack when it comes to EV range. Vehicle uses a 150 kW cell-to-body battery pack supplied by CATL and built on an 800V platform for ultra-fast charging. Xiaomi says the SU7 can charge from 10% to 80% in just 15 minutes, and add 136 miles of range in 5 minutes.
In addition to range, Xiaomi SU7 promises lightning-fast acceleration – hitting 62 mph in just 2.78 seconds thanks to its dual motor AWD powertrain. This rivals acceleration times from premier performance EVs like the Tesla Model S Plaid.
But it’s not just about speed and power – SU7 is loaded with next-gen tech and luxury features, exterior design is striking, with a drag coefficient of just 0.195 – the lowest of any production car in the world. This helps maximize efficiency. The interior features ambient lighting, nappa leather seats, an expansive glass roof, and other upscale appointments.
The SU7 also boasts Xiaomi’s advanced driver assistance system called Xiaomi Pilot. It uses a suite of sensors including lidar, radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors for advanced autonomous driving capabilities.
Of course, range and performance comes at a price – but Xiaomi has not revealed pricing details yet. Lower trim SU7 models with smaller batteries and less range will arrive first, starting roll-out in 2024. The top-tier 745 mile version will come in 2025.
So when can we expect to see the Xiaomi SU7 on the road? Xiaomi says it has been in development for 3 years. To achieve its production goals, it has built a large 9,100 ton die casting facility to mass produce the vehicle’s aluminum frame and bodies. Xiaomi has also developed an advanced aluminum alloy called Xiaomi Titanium Alloy to further boost manufacturing capabilities.
With its tantalizing mix of range, acceleration, tech and design – Xiaomi is clearly aiming for the stars with its first EV. Xiaomi SU7 seems poised to compete head-to-head with market leaders like Tesla. While pricing will be key, the SU7 could win over consumers looking for an all-around premium electric vehicle. If Xiaomi can deliver on its ambitious promises, the age of the electric vehicle just got a lot more interesting.