Baojun Cloud EV: Affordable Innovation in Electric Mobility

General Motors’ joint venture with SAIC and Wuling, known as SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), has introduced a new electric vehicle under the Baojun brand in China. The compact hatchback, named the Baojun Cloud or Yun Duo in Chinese, offers an affordable EV option with promising features and performance.

Baojun Cloud EV.

Key Features and Specifications

Size and Dimensions: The Baojun Cloud is comparable in size to the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, measuring 193.9 inches in length, 72.8 inches in width, and 65 inches in height. The wheelbase stretches 106.3 inches, providing a spacious interior.

Interior and Space: Built on a dedicated EV platform, the Cloud accommodates up to five passengers and offers generous storage space. With the rear seats folded down, it provides an impressive 1,707 liters (60.3 cubic feet) of cargo space. Even with five passengers onboard, the Cloud offers 382 liters (13.5 cu ft) of cargo volume, extendable to 606 liters (21.4 cu ft) by removing the trunk floor.

Powertrain: The Cloud features a front-mounted electric drive motor with 100 kilowatts (134 horsepower) and 330 Newton-meters (243 pound-feet) of torque. Two battery options are available, offering capacities of 37.9 kilowatt-hours and 50.6 kWh. Estimated range ratings are 360 kilometers (224 miles) and 460 kilometers (286 miles) respectively, according to China’s CLTC cycle.
Charging: The Cloud supports fast charging, with a 30 to 80 percent State of Charge (SoC) charge achievable in just 30 minutes using DC fast charging.

Design and Exterior: The Cloud features an MPV-inspired design with notable elements such as split headlights, rhombus-shaped taillights connected by a light bar, a panoramic roof covering over 2 square meters, and 18-inch wheels. The exterior is available in three cloud-evoking colors.

Interior and Technology: Inside, the Cloud boasts a two-tone interior with hand-sewn, sofa-like seats made from light and breathable fabric. The back seat can be adjusted up to 135 degrees for passenger comfort. The dashboard includes a 15.6-inch smart console screen and an 8.8-inch instrument cluster powered by the Ling OS 2.0 operating system with voice integration. Additional features include ambient lighting, wireless cellphone charging, and a 360-degree panoramic camera system.

Convenience and Pricing: The Cloud comes with an electric tailgate, Auto Hold, and rain-sensing wipers. Four variants are available, with prices ranging from $13,250 (95,800 yuan) to $17,100 (123,800 yuan). The vehicle has already received 10,000 pre-orders, indicating strong initial demand.

Conclusion

The Baojun Cloud, introduced through the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, offers an affordable and practical electric vehicle option in the Chinese market. With its spacious interior, competitive range, and array of features, the Cloud is poised to contribute to the growing adoption of electric vehicles in China and beyond.

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