Looking at the situation in China, especially in Beijing, where the level of pollution is alarming we are sure that hybrid and electric vehicles could be a part of solution. We are not the fist that realized that and one of the companies that presented the 2015 Geely Emgrand Cross PHEV Concept will also try to help with delivery of this vehicle.
At this point this is still concept model but from images and from few sources we could hear that it is pretty much production ready version. At recently closed Beijing Auto Show this car was shown and it certainly offers some nice features that could be interesting to buyers.
2015 Geely Emgrand Cross PHEV Concept Review
There are many cars on the streets of Beijing but that is only a part of the problem with pollution. With larger number of electric and hybrid cars this problem might not be solved but could be reduced significantly. Technology that Geely is using here is sourced from Volvo, or at least that are the assumptions because Geely is the owner of Volvo that signed agreement and said it would be transferring technology to Chinese company.
This contract between two companies was secret so we do not have all the details about it. Main thing that we do not know is if this agreement included powertrain technology and if it was transferred to Gelly also. If not than it means that they have managed to developed it from zero but more likely it was done in cooperation with Swedish car maker. Final result is still unknown but we do know what the concept has offered when it was showed.
Under the hood of the 2015 Geely Emgrand Cross PHEV Concept we are getting combination of small 1.0 liter four cylinder gas engine that develops 88 hp and is paired with electric motor. This electric unit produces 54 hp but there are no details about the total amount of power that this system will deliver. What we do know is the fact that it is capable to travel for about 31 miles on electric power only until the battery pack is depleted. Capacity is not stated but it could be about 10 to 15 kWh and Lithium Ion technology is a best guess on what will be used.
Specs Of 2015 Geely Emgrand Cross PHEV Concept
Company has stated that acceleration from 0 to 62 mph could be done in about 10 seconds with this setup while the max speed is announced to be about 118 mph. Comparing to few other similar vehicles in this segment this might not be the fastest model but we know that Chinese market is not that obsessed with acceleration and performances so the vehicle with this powertrain could be ideal for those looking for ways to reduce fuel bill and lower CO2 emission.
We are not sure about the driving habits in China but we do know that 31 miles or about 50 km of electric only range could be ideal for most drivers. Similar is in the U.S. where people are capable of doing most of their runs using only electric power and not burning a drop of fuel, only for longer journeys gasoline is used but even then the electric part of this hybrid system allows lower fuel consumption. There are still not detailed info about release date and the final version of this model but we are sure that we will be getting more details pretty soon.