Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Youxia Motors and Italdesign have signed a three-year agreement for the development of new electric vehicles, to hit the market in the coming years.
Present at the ceremony were executives from the two companies as well as local authority representatives from Wuxing District and Huzhou City.
Youxia Motors was founded in 2014 and is based in China's biggest motor technology centre, Shanghai. It’s aiming to be an integrated smart electric vehicle manufacturer and to be engaged in NEV research and development, design, production, sales and service.
It presented its first pure electric vehicle, the “Youxia X”, as a concept, in Beijing three years ago. By November 2016 it had developed the car to a point where small batch trials were able to get underway.
With rear wheel drive and peak power exceeding 270 KW, the Youxia X takes only a claimed 2.8 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 km/h.
The battery pack under the chassis provides a range of over 460 km in the highest configuration version. It’s also designed with a driving support system based on Mobileye, that includes function such as lane-keeping and car-following.
April last year saw the signing ceremony for the Youxia X “Smart Factory” project while two months later the Youxia X successfully passed the core tests of its small-batch trial. October last year saw construction of the factory to build the Youxia X getting underway as well as the completion of the design of the automated production line.
The technology firm is committed to promoting the development process of transportation science and technology of the smart city by innovation.
“I am very proud of this agreement,” Italdesign CEO Jörg Astalosch said. “It comes in the year of our fiftieth anniversary and perfectly fits our strategy for the next future: work actively with worldwide OEMs and shape new technologies.
“China is one of the fastest growing markets and is already working for the mobility of the future, we’re happy to cooperate with Youxia Motors with our experience, our expertise and our willing to design the future of mobility,” he added.
During the ceremony Astalosch and Xia Li, Yuoxia Motors Executive Officer, signed a contract for the styling of a new electric sedan to hit the market in the “next years”.