HiPhi Y: The Future of Luxury Electric SUVs?

Human Horizons, a Chinese automaker, has taken the electric vehicle market by storm with its high-end HiPhi brand. The two models currently available, HiPhi X and HiPhi Z, boast bold exterior designs and come with price tags above 500,000 yuan (72,500 US dollars). These cars are dominating the luxury electric car segment in China, surpassing all other competitors. However, the number of units sold has not been as impressive, with only 4,349 cars sold in 2022.

To increase sales, Human Horizons has been preparing for the release of a new, less expensive car, and it’s finally here – the HiPhi Y SUV. This mid-size crossover is a SciFi marvel with a sleek, aerodynamic body and an impressive array of features. Its front part boasts massive blocks of interactive LED lamps that the driver can customize. Additionally, it has a lidar sensor on the roof, and instead of traditional handles, it offers buttons on the B-pillar and fully automatic doors.

The HiPhi Y is a pretty big car, with dimensions of 4938/1958/1658 mm and a wheelbase of 2950 mm, but it only has five seats. The model offers two engine options, with the first available in rear-wheel drive and a power output of 247 kW (336 hp). The second comes in all-wheel drive with a peak power of 371 kW (504 hp). But the real game-changer is the battery, which comes in two options.

The first option is an LFP battery with a capacity of 76.6 kWh from FinDreams by BYD, only available for the entry-level RWD HiPhi Y. Unfortunately, this battery’s range of 560 km (unknown cycle) is not impressive, considering its capacity. It’s also too heavy, with a weight of 547 kg, making it less desirable than the second battery option.

The second battery, manufactured by CATL, has a capacity of 115 kWh and is significantly lighter, weighing only 43 kg more than the BYD battery. This battery allows the HiPhi Y to travel an impressive 765 km on a single charge in 4WD, and even the RWD model can travel up to 810 km. The CATL battery also operates on an 800V platform, which allows it to charge 80% in just 10 minutes.

Overall, the HiPhi Y is an impressive new entry in the electric vehicle market, currently undergoing road tests in China. With its futuristic design and advanced features, it’s sure to make a splash and draw attention from car buyers looking for a reliable, high-performance electric car.

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