Atieva Atvus is the new electric friend who comes to play yard Tesla
We have already seen several times electric white van, the Atieva Edna, who was able to merge a few supercars racing pure acceleration, but it turns out that these people are doing more than measured against other production cars in a straight .
In Atieva are finalizing preparations for the launch of a rival who will come to fight against Tesla dog face: the Atieva Atvus. The official announcement will be made shortly, the presentation of the final model will arrive in December and, if no delays, they want to be selling cars before the end of 2018. First in the US and then China.
Atieva all eggs are in the basket Atvus
The sources have revealed the information through the Recode website announced that the development of Electric Atvus is in an advanced stage. Currently the prototype would be finalizing the details in Germany, and when you have the approval will start with the manufacture of five prototypes for testing in open traffic.
So far the prototypes that have been made were only for testing and closed circuit sections, and the initial intention was to build 35 prototypes, but economic problems have forced to reduce that amount to only five. Soon they begin with economic problems.
The Atieva Atvus (as known provisionally) is a sedan with features midway between a Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma in design and measures. Internally it would be powered by a system batteries and electric motors own which would endow the sedan independently drive four wheels.
Benefits would match Edna, being able to get to 100 km / h from standstill in less than three seconds and keeping reasonable figures autonomy. All this in the words of the directors of the company.
The electric Atieva would have in his sights shamelessly Tesla products, especially knowing that the CEO of the company, Peter Rawlinsons, was chief engineer of the Tesla Model S. Therefore, the draft Atieva know him in Sillicon Valey as "car revenge".
Knowing that at least two years left (at best) for the Atieva Atvus start going out into the hands of its first customers, you will reach a market with some other contender else besides the Tesla. To counter this disadvantage, the technological burden of Atvus would be second to none, equipped with a system autonomous driving.
The factory (yet) ghost Atieva
The brand has two development centers currently in Nevada within 20 kilometers of Tesla factory, but lack a factory of truth with which to deal with a predictably high demand, provided that the plans leave them well.
Recode notes that the assembly plant will be placed in Casa Grande (Arizona), in one of the enclaves that Elon Musk was mulling before deciding on the final location of the Gigafactory. Arizona would be working very actively with Atieva to facilitate their implementation, even offering generous tax incentives.
Atieva estimates that his factory would have an initial production 20,000 units per year, with capacity for up to 130,000 if necessary. Data that are more than optimistic for a company that, so to speak, still has nothing. They have not, have no built the ship.
The cost to assemble all the necessary infrastructure of nowhere rises above 300 million, but the firm would be in the process to close an agreement with the Department of Energy and Advanced Vehicle Production Technology to support 80% of the cost of the building. Although this subsidy would be given a posteriori, as a refund, no capital contribution.
The brand was founded in 2007 with capital of Chinese origin by Sam Weng, Bernard Tse Lin and Sheaupyng have developed over 100 patents and 2014 have focused on the production of electric motors and battery packs for buses in China. Two years ago two Chinese corporations injected 100 million dollars in capital and they decided it was time to do something more important: compete against Tesla.
Atieva is also involved in formula E, and at least during the seasons 2017 and 2018 technology will be within a few single-seater championship, as with Faraday Future and NextEV.
Many fronts, many unknowns and lots of questions for which it is too early for answers, especially for a company that has never made a complete vehicle. The future of cars is electric, but lately we see many megalomaniacs projects at risk of becoming bubbles zero emissions.