After Aiways, Lynk & Co and even MG, if we count the Chinese affiliation, here is another manufacturer coming straight from the China, trying the European adventure: Seres, and its electric SUVs.
For several years now, the Chinese government has strongly encouraged national companies to export. But if they succeed on their soil, these industrialists have no image outside their borders. Chinese products may have been exported like hot cakes around the world for a long time, for the automotive industry, that’s another story.
However, China has been trying to break into Europe for some time. Lynk & Co, MG (English, but flying the Chinese flag) and more recently Aiways sign a gradual arrival of Chinese brands, the list of which is growing.
We now have to rely on Dongfeng Seres, headed by one of the co-founders of Tesla. Seres has a factory in the United States and another in China. Discussions are underway for a third plant in Europe, while the distribution network (physical, it should be noted) is expanding and will reach 80 points of sale by the end of the year.
For now, only Seres 3 is available. This is an LFP battery electric SUV (the same type as the latest Tesla Model 3) of 52 kWh, equivalent to a Peugeot 3008 in template, and sold for €33,700 excluding government incentives or €26,700 after incentives. It can achieve 329 kilometers per charge in the WLTP cycle. A second, larger SUV will soon be sold and will have a 90 kWh battery or a 35 kWh version with a range extender.