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Geneva Motor Show 2018: LCVHI Venere is a 992bhp EV from China

March 08, 2018, 09:09 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Geneva Motor Show 2018: LCVHI Venere is a 992bhp EV from China

Chinese carmaker LCVHI has taken the important Geneva stage with its all-new electric vehicle called the Venere. The four-seater Venere claims a 992bhp of output and a range of 500 kilometres from its 100kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The Venere is the built ground-up at the Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering in Italy. It is a production-ready vehicle says the carmaker. There are four electric motors – two on each axle – channelling the power via a two-speed gearbox on each axle. LVCHI claims that the Venere can do the 0-100kmph sprint in under three seconds and have a top speed of over 250kmph. The drag co-efficient 0.28Cd helps with the electric range of 500km.

Measuring 5,118mm in length, the Chinese EV is longer than most SUVs these days. The electric saloon is light as well tipping the scale at 2100kg all thanks to an aluminium chassis. On the inside, there is large touchscreen centre console instead of conventional buttons, according to LVCHI. The cabin is very practical and is ready to hit the production line. Even the styling is functional with clean lines and sloping roof. The sleek LED headlights and taillights add to the electric nature of the Venere. The doors, however, are suicidal units, and might not actually be the best choice in the production vehicle. The show car was sitting gracefully on blacked-out five-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli tyres. 

LCVHI is based in Shanghai but has a design operation in Italy. The carmaker is in operation for two years now and currently has 400 employees. It has a Leopard face for its logo and wants their car on the streets by 2019. The cars will probably roll out from its new manufacturing facility in Changchun city, China which is under construction at the moment. This isn’t the first attempt at showcasing a car by LCVHI. The Chinese carmaker showcased a stunning Urano Concept sometime back. It was a futuristic four-door coupe concept with 700bhp and 900Nm. The four-seater had suicidal doors and a futuristic cabin. The Urano claimed an electric range of 500km as well.

What remains to be seen is when the Venere actually hit the production line. Given the financial turmoil and technological difficulties all the niche electric carmaker are undergoing currently. 

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