The six Chinese electric cars that will shake up the French market

Technologically competitive, cheaper, really ambitious… Chinese electric cars are coming. Chinese manufacturers have worried the industry for years, they are suddenly here. We have selected six cars that will characterize the French market.

XPeng P7 Wing

Chinese car manufacturers have long planned to invade the European market. It is now done, you will see more and more Chinese cars on French roads. After years of the entire car industry whispering with concern that the Chinese are coming, suddenly they are here. We have made a selection of cars that we think will make an impression on the French market.

Ora Funky Cat

Ora Funky Cat, from the Great Wall group, which we came across in Norway, is a 100% electric city car that has a retro design with soft lines on the outside and two big googly eyes with matrix LED technology as headlights. It is a very serious alternative to the Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoé or even the future MG4.

Two versions will be offered, a small battery with a capacity of 49 kWh, which should allow 300 kilometers according to the WLTP standard. The large battery stores 63 kWh for 400 kilometers. The more powerful of the two electric motors with 126 kW (171 hp) will make it possible to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. As for the small engine, it has an output of 105 kW (143 hp).

Ora Funky Cat EVS-00069
Ora Funky Cat // Source: Frandroid

The little extra about Funky Cat is its built-in system. The software part is actually remarkably fluid and the design very convincing and hyper-colored. There’s a 10.25-inch screen for the instrument cluster, as well as another similarly sized (and fully touchscreen) screen for infotainment, in the center of the dash.

Ora Funky Cat EVS-00023
The interior of Ora Funky Cat // Source: Frandroid

The big unknown is still the price and availability in France. In the UK, the Ora Funky Cat will be available at the end of the year at a price of 30,495 pounds, or around 36,000 euros.

XPeng P7

In March 2022, Xpeng (Xiaopeng Motors) opened its first orders for its P5 sedan in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. It will have a very short life, XPeng finally expects the P7 to break into Europe.

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XPeng P7

The new XPeng P7 is a Chinese sedan designed to attract customers who are interested in the Tesla Model 3. Although the P7 is actually halfway between the Model 3 and the Model S. But considering the prices, it is an opponent for the Model 3.

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XPeng P7

The P7 is based on XPeng’s B platform, codenamed ‘Edward’, which was jointly developed and designed under contract with Porsche. It has (almost) nothing to envy Tesla, whether its performance (655 Nm of torque and 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds) or its autonomy (up to 530 km in the WLTP combined cycle) or its charging speed (up to 100 kW).

Xpeng P7
One of the taller versions has the gullwing doors at the front

The Xpeng P7 also has its own OS, with OTA updates, as well as driving assist modes, to allow, when possible, level 3 autonomous driving.

For its arrival in Europe, the price is 42,500 euros in Norway. We can already see it in the showrooms in Oslo, Maxime Fontanier was able to try it. In France you will definitely have to pay a bit more… Since Norway does not charge any tax on electric cars.

MG MG4

MG is already very present in France and the latest announcement is the MG4. MG 4 (MG MG4) has opened its order book, it is the very first model in the series based on the new MSP (Modular Scalable Platform) platform developed by SAIC.

MG MG4

The Chinese compact starts with a 51 kWh battery, which allows it to travel 350 km according to the WLTP cycle, according to the manufacturer, while the power is shown at 170 horsepower. A 2ᵉ version will also be offered, with a 65 kWh battery that offers a range of 450 km for an output of 204 horsepower. It then competes with the 220 version of the Mégane E-Tech with its 60 kWh battery.

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MG4 Electric // Source: MG

Later, other versions equipped with four-wheel drive will also see the light of day. So far, the most efficient variant achieves 0 to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds, for a maximum speed limited to 160 km/h.

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MG4 Electric // Source: MG

MG has announced that the MG4 will be sold for 30,000 euros in its entry-level version. A more than attractive price, which does not take into account the organic bonus of 6,000 euros, which is still valid until the end of the year, before going to 5,000 euros next year. For comparison, the MG 4 will cost at least 5,000 euros less than the Renault Mégane E-Tech, shown from 35,200 euros in its 130 horsepower version and with a 40 kWh battery.

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MG4 Electric // Source: MG

Note that the MSP is compatible with battery replacement, which Nio already offers in China and Norway. The brand doesn’t state whether the MG will be equipped with this feature, but we do knowit will be equipped with semi-autonomous driving via the MG Pilot system. The compact will also be compatible with external OTA updates.

Nine ET7

Same approach as many new car manufacturers, Nio has decided to land in Norway to market ET7 sedan and ES8 SUV. Note that Nio is often spoken of. The Chinese brand offers battery replacement in minutes in dedicated stations. The one that stood out to us is the ET7.

Nine ET7

The ET7 is in a way the flagship of the brand in Europe, as it is a large electric sedan positioned as a rival to the famous Tesla Model S.

Nine ET7
Nine ET7

The car has several batteries, one in between 70 and 75 kWh with an autonomy of 500-550 kmone second off 100 kWh with an autonomy of 700 kmand finally a semi-solid battery off 150 kWh so the car can claim approx 1000 km range on Chinese CLTC cycle with a single charge.

NIO ET7
Nio ET7 // Source: Nio

The car is equipped with two electric motors that develop a combined effect on 480 kW (approx. 653 hp) and a maximum torque of 850 Nm. The front is a permanent magnet motor, while the rear is induction. These two engines make it possible to achieve a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

At the moment, the prices in Germany have not yet been revealed, but the Nio aims at premium, namely Mercedes-Benz, Audi or BMW. The brand ensures that the price essentially corresponds to the price of a Tesla Model 3 Performance today, i.e. around 65,000 euros. After Germany, the manufacturer will seek to launch in the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, three countries where electric cars and infrastructure are much more democratized than in France.

AIWAYS U6

Finally, let’s finish with the category that sells best in France: an SUV. This is not Aiway’s U5, which is already available, but the U6. It is an SUV with a coupé profile, with a 160 kW front engine, and three battery capacities: 63, 72 and 88 kWh. With estimated autonomy, in the CLTC cycle, between 450 and 600 km (WLTP).

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Aiways U6 // Source: Aiways

It is still too early to know the prices of the U6. However, these should remain quite close to the U5, which stands at 39,990 euros and 44,990 euros exclusive of eco-bonus.

AIWAYS U6
Aiways U6 // Source: Aiways

BID Seal

Then there is BYD (“Build Your Dreams”), which is currently the largest electric car manufacturer in the world. It could start with the recently revealed BYD Seal, an electric car in the format of the Tesla Model 3 and with a range of around 500 kilometers.

BID Seal
BYD Seal // Source: BYD

It’s an electric sedan, which obviously aims to compete head-on with the Tesla Model 3, which currently remains the best-selling trendy model in Europe.

BID Seal
BYD Seal // Source: BYD

In total, no less than three versions will be offered within the range of this BYD seal. The least efficient version will then show an effect of 204 horsepower from its single engine, while the variant covering the catalog will combine two electric motors. Between the two, an intermediate version of 313 horsepower is offered in propulsion only.


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