The country's largest EV seller, Toyota has launched the all-electric C-HR in China. It is offered in five variants and at a price range of $31,870 (Rs. 24 lakh) and $33,357 (Rs.26 lakh) including the Government subsidies. Toyota claims it can cover a driving range of 400Km in the NEDC cycle.
In terms of mechanics, the crossover is powered by an electric motor capable of producing 201hp and 300Nm out of 54.3kWh Li-Ion battery pack. With 0-50kmph in 3.4sec and a top speed of 160Kmph, the C-HR plays fair in the field with the IC engine counterparts. Also, it can attain a 0-75% charge in around 50 minutes using DC fast charger. The crossover looks similar to the standard C-HR resembling the eccentric crossover styling and sporty cuts and creases. Other highlights include sweptback headlamps, new lower grille and bolder bumper, coupe roofline, raised rear portion with horizontal LED laps, and smaller size tyre to reduce rolling resistance.
As far as the interior is concerned it boasts a wide 12.3 inch digital LCD instrument cluster, a free-standing touchscreen infotainment system, white seat upholstery, and a blackened dashboard with piano black inserts. To make driving experience hassle-free, it comes with multi-functional steering wheels with mounted controls, 10 way electrically adjustable driver seat and auto cruise control. However, the considerable changes can be noticed in the rear end with no tailpipe and 'Electric" badge all over the body surface.
The safety list comprises the pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, and automatic high beam system.
There's no big change in the dimensions of the EV compared to the standard C-HR besides the fact that the C-HR electric weighs 270Kg more than the standard model due to its battery pack and its associated systems. The battery pack is situated on the floor and electric motor under the hood sending power to the front wheels.
The carmaker has decided to sell the pure EV exclusively in China as the demand for EV's is ever increasing in the Chinese market. The launch is a part of Toyota's eco-friendly approach to reach a sales target of 5.5 million electric vehicles by 2030. In 2018, out of the 350,000 units of EV sold in China, Toyota cars alone account for 40% of the total sales. The Japanese carmaker is determined to launch 10 pure EVs in China by 2025 starting with the first full-electric car-C-HR.
The C-HR is competitively priced considering the demand in the Chinese market and its rivals like Tesla Model 3 which is priced at $42,209 even after slashing down the price. So, in mid-range Hyundai Kona Electric looks like the direct rival to C-HR.