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April 18, 2019

Jinkang Seres (SF Motors) launches first SUV in China

Jinkang Seres, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Sokon Group also known as SF Motors, unveiled a new battery-powered SUV at a company event held this week in the south west city of Chongqing.

By bcusack

Jinkang Seres, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Sokon Group also known as SF Motors , unveiled a new battery-powered SUV at a company event held this week in the south west city of Chongqing.

The electric vehicle start-up, established three years ago in Silicon Valley in the US, told reporters the SF5 was the first in a series of 25 electric vehicles that it planned to launch by 2025, including passenger cars, MPVs and SUVs.

The company said the SF5 mid-sized SUV is built on an independently-developed electric vehicle platform and has a range of over 500km (300 miles) on a single charge. It features a dual motor and smart four wheel drive system, delivering maximum power of 510 kW and 1,040 Nm of torque, giving it a top speed of 250 km/h and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds.

SF Motors said it had filed and received over 1,000 patents in China and in the US since it began operations.

It has also worked with a number of global technology companies including Alibaba, Nvidia and Huawei.

Pre-sales of the SF5 model began at the Shanghai motor show this week with deliveries expected to start in the third quarter of 2019.

The vehicles will be produced at a new US$600m highly automated plant in Chongqing which the company said has over 1,000 robots which help ensure high levels of quality comparable with high end facilities in the west.

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