Chinese EV automaker GAC Aion announced the start of sales for its anticipated SUV, the LX Plus. After announcing an NEDC range of 1,000 km this past November, GAC Aion has now shared a slightly longer range alongside other specs for Chinese consumers, including pricing.
Aion is an all-electric marque of Guangzhou Automobile Corporation (GAC) Group. Currently, the automaker sells five electric SUVs and sedans not including its new electric SUV. This does include a standard version of the LX that debuted in 2019.
When GAC unveiled its Aion V Plus SUV in 2021 as an upgraded version of the V with a faster charging battery, it promised 1,000 km of range. However, GAC’s website shows range options of 500, 600, and 702 km of NEDC range.
This past November, GAC Aion announced its latest revamp would be coming to the LX SUV. At the time, we learned the LX Plus would feature Aion’s previously showcased charging capabilities alongside an extended range of 1,000 km – all within the same size battery pack as the current LX model.
Still some details such as pricing were not revealed. Now, as GAC Aion looks to begin official sales of the LX Plus SUV in China, we have a better idea of the impressive specs and MSRPs consumers can expect.
Top-tier GAC Aion SUV arrives with 144.4 kWh battery, 1,008 km range
The news of sales opening was pointed out by CnEVPost, who also shared some details from GAC Aion regarding its new SUV. The company stated that the 144.4 kWh pack has an energy density of 205 Wh/kg, claiming the LX Plus is “the world’s longest-range production vehicle.”
The top-tier version of the new electric SUV will feature the energy-dense pack, which promises an NEDC range of over 1,000 km. As you can see from the chart above, it is also the only option to feature a sponge silicon anode.
What may be more interesting is that GAC Aion is promising this range and energy density from a standard ternary pack rather than a solid-state battery, probably a reason for its large size. Regardless, that sort of range is an impressive feat, although it’s rated by a less strict NEDC compared to the EPA for instance.
The 1,008 km version of the LX Plus will start at an MSRP of RMB 459,600 ($~72,300), and is available for sale and test drives in China now.