GEELY Emgrand EV Review

According to a recent review of the 2016 Geely Emgrand EV sedan published by U.K. car magazine Auto Express.

The reviewer found the Emgrand EV to be a competent electric car, but not a world beater.

Geely currently owns Volvo, as well as the London Taxi Company (LTC), maker of the iconic London black cab.

But now the Chinese company wants to sell cars in Europe under its own brand name.

The Emgrand EV is essentially an electric version of the Emgrand EC7, which Geely tried unsuccessfully to launch in the U.K. in 2012.

Emgrand EV uses an electric motor with 127 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and a 44.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

The sedan will do 0 to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 87 mph, per Auto Express.

Geely claims a range of 253 kilometers (157 miles), as measured on the European testing cycle. Auto Express found that real-world range was far below that figure.

The magazine said the steering was “well balanced” with good feel, the ride was comfortable, and acceleration was better than in the gasoline Emgrand EC7.

It also noted aggressive regenerative braking, something many electric-car drivers have come to prefer.

The exterior styling was deemed bland, while the interior received some praise for its soft-touch materials, but nothing else.

With its fairly dated platform, the Geely Emgrand EV was likely never going to be much more than a placeholder.

But Geely is expected to use Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform for future models, some of which may get plug-in electric powertrains.

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