Taiwanese Thunder Power unveils electric car

Taiwan's first battery-powered car a Tesla rival?

Photo from Thunder Power website.

Photo from Thunder Power website.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Yesterday the Taiwanese company Thunder Power unveiled its first electric power vehicle, "the Sedan," in Taoyuan.

Thunder Power also signed agreements to open battery making factories and assembly plants in Taoyuan.

Thunder Power first debuted prototypes at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. Their first official release will be the Thunder Power Sedan, featuring a 125 kilowatt hour lithium battery and available now for pre-purchase starting at NT$2,450,000 (US$80,000). The first Sedans are estimated to hit the market in the fourth quarter of next year.

The maximum speed of the new vehicle is 250 kilometers per hour and accelerates from zero to 100 km in 4.9 seconds. The Sedan weighs 1900 kilograms and the battery takes 6 hours to charge. The company holds upward of 90 vehicle patents in America and China, notably regarding its battery and framework.

Photo from Thunder Power website.

According to the Thunder Power official website, the company's research and development offices are based near Milan, Italy and their production facility is in Guangzhou, China. Thunder Power boasts several leading development partners including Dallara, Bosch, and csi.

Thunder Power was established in 1987 as a small-scale motorized parts and motors producer. As they expanded their operations into China and South East Asia, the company gradually narrowed their production focus onto electronic vehicles.