Chery proves long-distance performance of PHEV models

To alleviate any new energy vehicle (NEV) range fears that might still exist, Chery recently put two of its flagship models through its paces in a real-life, long distance endurance test.From 25 to 26 April Chery tested the endurance capability and long-distance driving performance of the Tiggo 9 PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) and the Arrizo 8 PHEV sedan over a meticulously planned course of 1214km.To ensure the that it gets tested under a variety of driving conditions, the journey would take the Tiggo 9 and Arrizo 8 from Beijing through the cultural city Jinan and the birthplace of Confucius, Qufu, before finally arriving in Wuhu in Anhui.As it embarked from Beijing on 25 April, the vehicles’ low-speed driving and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) were first tested in tough, congested city conditions before the highways and open roads provided an opportunity to gauge the vehicle’s power and fuel efficiency over long distances.The pairing of the Tiggo 9 and Arrizo 5’s 1.5TGDI fifth-gen hybrid-specific engine with its third-generation DHT hybrid transmission,  perfectly rose to the occasion and ensured that the demanding driving conditions were met with efficient power output and easy, comfortable and convenient switching between power sources.The models’ various ADAS such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane departure warning (LDW), automatic emergency braking (AEB) and blind spot detection (BSD), took it one step further and made sure the endurance test’s demands were not only met but conveniently mastered with the least amount of stress on the part of the driver. The latter was further achieved by features such as the massage function of the driver seat with its various settings, the double-layer laminated noise-reducing glass and environmental noise cancelation (ENC).It is worth noting that the advanced systems have been programmed to advance the PHEV models’ efficiency. This means that they do not simply help the driver to navigate tough traffic conditions, but do it in such a way that the vehicle remains in motion as much as possible and the drivetrain favours electric propulsion, especially in congested and slow-moving traffic conditions.When the two models arrived at their destination on 26 April, all fears were put to rest.For the Tiggo 9 with its remarkable 1400 km range and supporting 20-minute rapid charging, the 1214km endurance test turned into an endurance triumph. Not only did it confirm the vehicle’s outstanding performance and intelligent features,  but also served as a celebration and demonstration of its technological prowess.The Arrizo 8 had equally efficient performance thanks to its blade-battery structure. It too completed with record low energy consumption.The journey, spanning thousands of miles, once again showed the boundless possibilities brought about by Chery’s technological advancement and the exciting opportunities it opens in the new energy vehicle sector. Surely, the wise Confucious would have approved?Ends
LogoVerene Petersen
National Marketing Manager: Chery South Africa
Office: 010 448 5388

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