On Wednesday, electric car maker BYTON announced that it would partner with Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, to offer free charging services to owners in the United States for two years,media reported. In September, The M-Byte, the first luxury smart electric SUV, was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where it is expected to sell for around $45,000 (about 320,000 yuan).
The Batten M-Byte will offer two versions of the battery and three versions of the battery life option: the rear drive version with an optional 72 kWh/95 kWh battery pack with a range of 430 km/550 km (NEDC); and the four-wheel drive version with a 95 kWh battery pack with a range of 505 km (NEDC).
The Batten M-Byte, based on the Batten Smart EV platform, is scheduled to begin mass production in mid-2020 and will be the first to be launched in China next year. At present, Batten is accepting M-Byte bookings, is expected to start in 2020 to accept bookings in Europe and North America, in 2021 to officially enter the European and American markets.
On Monday, Batten announced that it had obtained a license for distributors in California. Obtaining the license means that Batten can sell and service vehicles through its own infrastructure and its retail partners in the United States.
As part of the free charging program, The Target Maker of The Batten M-Byte suggested that the $45,000 ($320,000) retail price would include two years of free use of Electrify America’s DC fast charging station for unlimited charging for 30 minutes. And the electriff America’s public secondary charging pile for an unlimited 60 minutes of unlimited charging for the car.
By the end of 2021, Batten owners will be able to charge their cars with more than 3,500 charging piles and more than 150kW of more than 800 charging stations in the United States.
With DC Fast Charge, the Batten M-Byte will be able to achieve a range of up to 150 miles in 30 minutes at a maximum of 150 kW.