GAC-Mitsubishi Motors has begun producing the new Eupheme EV for China - a very inexpensive EV that it claims can travel 255 miles, or 410 km, between charges.
The Eupheme was designed by GAC and will be built by the GAC-Mitsubishi joint venture (GMMC) in Changsha, Hunan in China. With government subsidies factored in, Chinese consumers will be able to get their hands on the Eupheme for 135,800 RMB, which is roughly equivalent to $20,000 USD.
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The Eupheme is based on the GAC GS3 crossover and is essentially an evolved version of the fully electric GAC GE3, which went on sale last year. The GE3 featured a front-axle mounted single electric motor making 163 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque and could travel 193 miles between charges. It's not clear how much power the Eupheme EV is making, but we imagine it has similar performance stats.
GAC-Mitsubishi says it will launch the Eupheme EV in twelve key cities (Beijing, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Tianjin) before rolling the vehicle out to other markets later this year.
In a statement, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said the launch of Eupheme EV "demonstrates the critical role that EV technology will play in meeting Chinese consumers' needs and contributes to the automotive industry in China."
It's not clear if Mitsubishi will ever export the Eupheme EV to other Asian markets or Europe, but the vehicle serves as an interesting example of how affordable a long-range EV can be when the manufacturer leverages China's local production.
A version of this story originally appeared on AutoGuide.com .