Leap Motor priced and launched the S01 today. The 2+2, FWD coupe will be powered by a 125 kW/250 Nm motor; 35.6 and 48 kWh battery pack options will be available for the "380" and "460" variants, enabling NEDC ranges of 300 km and 380 km respectively. Each variant will be made in Standard and "Pro" versions, with the Pro getting more features and/or equipment. Buyers may receive early-bird incentives by way of certain extra free services from the company.
The S01 will be available with the "LEAP Pilot" Level 2 driving assist technology including lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic/remote parking. Other features include dual-screen console, voice control/command, and biometric driver authentication (one of Leap Motor's chief promoters is Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., a major video-surveillance tech company).
Members of the press visited the Jinhua base a couple of months ago, and the factory was nearing completion with some machinery and manufacturing equipment having just been installed.
It is however somewhat unusual that although the car has been put on sale, Leap Motor neither has a production qualification from NDRC, nor has the S01 itself received a type-approval code. It is not known Leap Motor has partnered with which OEM for a production license.
Just breaking that Leap Motor has joined hands with Changjiang Auto (Long River) of Hangzhou for production of Leap cars. Changjiang, as we know, is a NDRC-approved manufacturer of electric commercial vehicles and has even received type approval for its own passenger cars (but is yet to start production of any). Stamping, welding, and painting processes will be carried out in Jinhua at Leap Motor's own plant, then shipped to Hangzhou for final assembly. Nonetheless, the battery, electrical and data systems will be put together in-house.
The car is being assembled at the Yuhang dt., Hangzhou factory of Changjiang Auto. The welded body, battery packs, and some other components are received from Leap Motor's own, partially completed plant in Jinhua.
P.S.: The T03 is believed to be related to the Changjiang eCOOL (Yiku). Their lengths and wheelbases are the same at 3620 mm and 2400 mm. Widths and heights are different (eCOOL 1620 mm W, 1560 mm H; T03 1652 mm W, 1577 mm H). As noted previously, Leap Motor uses Changjiang's factory/license for assembly of its vehicles.
According to an article on NE-times.com Leap Motor has wholly acquired Fujian New Fuda (Forta) as result of the uncertainties surrounding Changjiang Auto. Changjiang is Leap Motor's contract manufacturer, but currently in bankruptcy proceedings. Current production seems unaffected, because Leap Motor's deal is with a subsidiary of Changjiang Auto. With the acquisition of Forta, Leap Motor now has access to its own production licence.