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Pininfarina and Chinese car company Hybrid Kinetic Group have showcased three concepts at the Shanghai motor show; the K550 and K750 SUVs, and the H600 saloon.

All three, which feature derivatives of the same aesthetic, feature micro-turbine generator range extenders with 50,000-hour lifespans and 621-mile-range battery packs, with 50,000-charge-cycle lifespans.

The partnership of the two companies culminates from a £54million deal between the two companies which spans just under four years.

The company claims that the turbine generator range extenders do away with the cars’ need for charging stations, and the key to the batteries’ high capacity and subsequently high range potential is their high energy density and charge potential. Over 800bhp from the electric motors is claimed, while the turbine technology is a similar to that used in the Jaguar C-X75 concept. While the saloon takes 2.9sec to reach 60mph, the SUVs are likely to take longer, due to their extra heft.

Hybrid Kinetic Group CEO Xu Jianguo also took a swipe at the Chinese car industry’s copycat car culture, saying: “We are dedicated to the development of luxury clean energy vehicles with full intellectual property rights. Our endeavour pushed the development of Chinese automobile industry, benefits the people, ushers in a sustainable future, and helps create a more harmonious society.”

Aesthetically, the cars are similar to one another, with only the body styles distinguishing the different models; the K550 being a five-seat SUV, and the K750 being a seven-seat SUV akin to the Range Rover.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...a-and-hybrid-kinetic-group-reveal-two-ev-suvs


H600
http://car.autohome.com.cn/pic/series/4440.html#pvareaid=2042212





K550
http://car.autohome.com.cn/pic/series/4439.html#pvareaid=2042212

 

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Beijing WKW Automotive Parts Co. Ltd., which is owned by Germany's WKW group and is a large Kawei shareholder, has entered into two JV framework agreements with the Hybrid Kinetic Group and the Ningbo Fenghua District local govt.

The first JV involved the setting up of an investment fund for participation in a battery R&D and manufacturing facility ("Ningbo Jingwei Power Battery Co., Ltd."). This agreement was signed about 6 months ago.

The second investment, structured similarly, involves the establishment of a 300,000 units/p.a. NEV manufacturing facility in Fenghua Dt. ("Ningbo Zhengdao Jingwei Clean Energy Automotive Co., Ltd.").

Note:
Zhengdao = Hybrid Kinetic
Jingwei = Beijing WKW
Company names may differ slightly in the articles linked, likely due to translation.

http://nev.ofweek.com/2017-09/ART-71008-8120-30169028.html
https://yicaiglobal.com/news/government-teams-companies-establish-clean-energy-vehicle-jv-ningbo
http://www.beijing-wkw.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=57&id=355
http://www.hkexnews.hk/listedco/listconews/SEHK/2017/0219/LTN20170219021.pdf
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How the history of Hybrid Kinetic is intertwined with that of Brilliance:

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2089001/tycoon-exiled-bo-xilai-attempts-comeback-new-energy-vehicles
 

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Losses widen for the group per announcement of its latest consolidated results for year ended 31-Dec-2016, characteristic of the "burn through money" phase of any startup. Current revenue generation is through sale of battery management systems and Dandong-sourced electric buses.

http://www.hkexnews.hk/listedco/listconews/sehk/2017/0831/LTN20170831904.pdf

The group operates a unit in Lianyungang, Jiangsu for battery management systems and has separately entered into a joint venture with Anhui Tiankang Group, a lithium battery manufacturer, for "batteries and related technologies".

The group is setting up another project, Lianyungang Hybrid Kinetic ("Zhengdao") New Energy Co., Ltd. for graphene super-batteries, electronic traction motors and power management systems.
 
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