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Xiaomi Car to come as E-REV as well as BEV

A Xiaomi Car in prototype camuflage. (Source: Xiaomiui)
A Xiaomi Car in prototype camuflage. (Source: Xiaomiui)
Xiaomi's upcoming first-gen car, is widely thought to land as a purely battery-powered electric vehicle (or BEV). However, according to the latest reports, it might also be possible to buy it as an extended-range EV (or E-REV). This kind of car integrates a small internal combustion engine (ICE) intended to help it run on electric power for longer.

Xiaomi's upcoming first-gen "sedan", also provisionally known as the MS11 or Modena, has never been thought to land as anything other than a BEV. However, according to a new report from PanDaily, that is not exactly the case.

The vehicle is in fact now said to launch with 3 different variants: an entry-level BEV, a long-range, higher-end version of the same and an E-REV. The first of those is slated to come equipped with a "BYD Blade Battery" and a 400V platform, whereas the second might upgrade to 800V and come equipped with a "CATL Qilin" battery for an increased capacity of 101 kilowatts (kWh).

The third, on the other hand, will be of the type of car that comes with an ICE - albeit one that functions to power a generator that supplies the vehicle's main electric motor (or motors) in turn, and only to keep the car running in 'standard' mode when the battery reaches a certain state of charge.

Accordingly, an E-REV is still often viewed as a purely electric car rather than a hybrid, particularly as the engine in question is often significantly smaller compared to that of a conventional ICE car. In the case of the Xiaomi "fastback coupé", it might be no more than 1.5 liters (l) in size.

No further specs on the putative third kind of inaugural vehicle from the same brand as the 13 Ultra are known at this time, although PanDaily hints that its battery will, again, be larger than that of the base BEV model.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-10-10 (Update: 2023-10-10)