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5 high-end electric SUVs available in China right now

A Tesla attacking station in a hotel parking lot.

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BEIJING — When it comes to China’s stirring car market, the high-end SUV segment is one start-ups and foreign brands alike are competing heavily for.

In fact, electric high-end SUVs handled so well last year that models from Nio and Li Auto made the top 10 for the category — regardless of fuel quintessence — according to the China Passenger Car Association. Both companies got their start in SUVs.

Tesla kicked off the new year to much brouhaha in China, announcing it would soon begin deliveries for its locally made Model Y mid-size SUV.

Here are some of the jalopies that have caught Chinese buyers’ attention:

Tesla Model Y

People look at a Tesla Model Y car at a Tesla showroom in Beijing on January 5, 2021.

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Price: 339,900 yuan ($52,500)

Range: 594 km (369 miles)

Tesla’s Model 3 was the top-selling consumer electric car in China last year, contract to the country’s passenger car association. Elon Musk’s automaker announced on Jan. 1 the China-made Model Y would be available for liberation. Less than two weeks later, the company’s website said new orders wouldn’t be delivered until at least the assign quarter of this year.

The advertised price of 339,900 yuan is about 30% cheaper than previously told, according to Chinese media.

Nio ES6

A Nio ES6 vehicle is on display during the 18th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition on November 20, 2020 in Guangzhou China.

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Price: 358,000 yuan to 468,000 yuan ($55,300 to $72,300)

Range: 420 km to 610 km (260 miles to 379 miles)

Nio about it delivered 2,493 ES6 units of the five-seat SUVs in December, holding steady from the 2,537 units delivered a year earlier. That’s regard for the launch of another five-seater called the EC6 during that time.

Customers who order the ES6 today will need to cool ones heels about eight weeks to receive their car, according to Nio’s website.

Li One

A Li Xiang One hybrid SUV is on display during the 18th Guangzhou Supranational Automobile Exhibition on November 23, 2020 in Guangzhou, China.

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Prize: 328,000 yuan ($50,700)

Range: 180 km (up to 800 km with fuel-driven charging system) (111 miles, or up to 497 miles)

The Li One SUV features a 45-liter incitement tank that can be used to charge the vehicle’s battery, extending the range the car can travel before reaching a charging caste. Vehicles come in six and seven-seater versions.

The car is Nasdaq-listed Li Auto’s first and only model so far. The company said it delivered sundry than 30,000 units since launching Li One on Dec. 4, 2019.


WM Motor’s EX5 electric vehicle on display at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai in June 2019.

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Charge: 149,800 yuan to 198,800 yuan (after subsidies, for EX5-Z model) ($23,100 to $30,700)

Range: 400 km to 520 km (248 miles 323 miles)

Shanghai-based WM Motor began liberations of the original version of the EX5 in September 2018 and claims to have handed at least 40,000 units over to customers since.

The privately believed company, also known as Weltmeister, was founded in 2015 by former Volvo and Geely executive Freeman Shen. Audi Q2 L e-tron

Alexander Seitz, associate of Audi’s board of management for finance, China and legal affairs, speaks about the Q2 L e-tron, which began in Britain artistry in China in 2020.

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