Qiantu K50 all set To Hit US Roads

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1st Chinese Exotic Electric Car — Qiantu K50 — About To Hit US Roads

Published on December 15th, 2018 |
by Nicolas Zart

December 15th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart

Is This The Beginning Of The Asian EV Invasion?

Mullen Qiantu K50

The first Chinese super electric vehicle from Qiantu, a name which is Chinese for dragonfly, is about to hit the road in the US. Its K50, developed in partnership with Mullen Technologies, is not the only news, though.

You might not have heard of Qiantu, or its parent company CH-Auto, before now. Nonetheless, the Chinese EV maker is about to strike a high note by bringing the first Chinese exotic EV to US roads. After months of talking to Mullen Technologies, we are happy to report that CH-Auto turned to the discreet Californian startup for its cooperation agreement to homologate and assemble cars in the US for sales in North America.

Mullen Qiantu K50

I could tell from meeting with Mullen Technologies CEO and Chairman David Michery a few months ago that his enthusiasm and car aficionado background was hard to contain. Although we couldn’t reveal anything at the time, David told me that we’d finally have an exotic EV at a luxury sports EV price.

I also met Daniel Daracour, Vice President of Design and Chief Designer at Qiantu, at LA Automobility 2018 two weeks ago, getting a better view of what the K50 would be like. I can say it is impressive both in terms of design and performance, but that’s not all. In the presentation, Daniel not only showed what the exotic Qiantu EV looks like, but also how it was conceived and what is soon to follow.

Mullen Qiantu K50 Mullen Qiantu K50

In order to do help Qiantu bring its exotic electric K50 to the North America market, Mullen acquired a manufacturing plant and technology to assemble the Chinese super-EV, according to a company press release.

As far as CH-Auto, the Chinese EV producer has shown design hints of its upcoming K50 since 2015. In November 2018, Qiantu’s chairman and president visited Mullen for preliminary negotiations. Since then, we’ve been told the discussions have resulted in a signed cooperation agreement.

Mullen, aside from being a Southern California EV manufacturer, is also an international distributor, which opens the doors to North America for CH-Auto. Mullen owns Mullen Auto Sales, an innovative series of automobile dealerships. Mullen also owns CarHub, an innovative digital concierge platform that leverages AI with complete solutions for car buying, selling, and maintenance. Both dealerships and the digital platform will help Mullen sell more EVs in the future, especially as digital auto commerce picks up momentum.

Qiantu K50, A 296 kW Mullen EV

Mullen Qiantu K20

So far, the Mullen–Qiantu collaboration says it will launch the Qiantu K50 by 2020. The 296 kW/402 HP exotic EV rests on an aluminum frame and makes use of carbon fiber body parts.

In order to circumvent the geopolitical shenanigans of international governments, Mullen will assemble the K50 components in the US, and also make use of US-sourced key components. David told us only a limited number of reservations will be accepted in 2019.

According to the press release, David says: “Mullen is thrilled to embark on this journey together with Qiantu to bring sexy and exciting new options to North American consumers. The 100% electric Qiantu K50 meets exotic automobile criteria without the exotic price tag. I believe that we can grow clean transportation in North America by bringing highly desirable options to market. Mullen Technologies, with its technology, commercial teams, and distribution systems in place is geared to accomplish exactly that.”

Mullen Qiantu K20

Daniel hinted at a future K20 at Los Angeles Automobility 2018, a smaller version of the K50. Think of a sub-compact EV that will be equally at home in Asia, Europe, or on busy urban streets in the US.

Certainly, we can’t wait to test drive the K50 and the K20! We will get our hands on the first Qiantu soon and give you a closer look at how it feels. What does it really mean to get behind the wheels of an exotic EV? In the meantime, we’re excited to see this torchbearer hitting North American roads soon.

Mullen Qiantu K20

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Tags: CH-Auto, electric supercars, exotic electric vehicle, Exotic EV, Mullen, Mullen Technologies, Mullen Technologies CEO and Chairman David Michery, Qiantu, Qiantu Concept, Qiantu K20, Qiantu K50, super EV, supercars

About the Author

Nicolas Zart Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn’t until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news of that full torque, he was invited to write for various CleanTech outlets in 2007.

Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets both in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. He particularly enjoys communicating about the new e-mobility technology and what it means to us as a society.

Today he focuses most of his writing effort on CleanTechnica, a global online outlet that covers the world of electric vehicles and renewable energy.

His favorite tagline is: “There are more solutions than obstacles.”

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