Mullen Automotive nonetheless plans to carry the Chinese language-developed Qiantu K50 electrical supercar to the U.S., however now beneath a distinct title and with a distinct meeting location.
The U.S. model of the K50 will henceforth be generally known as the Mullen GT and GTRS, Mullen introduced Monday in a press launch. The corporate stated it had additionally revised the styling of the K50, also called the Dragonfly K50, to be extra in keeping with different deliberate fashions, and utilized powertrain upgrades that can allow 0-60 mph in a claimed 1.95 seconds and a high velocity “exceeding 200 mph.”
Qiantu K50 by Mullen
Mullen stated it’s going to “finalize engineering pursuant to U.S. requirements” and undertake remaining meeting in Mishawaka, Indiana. The corporate acquired a manufacturing unit there as soon as used to construct Hummers when it purchased the belongings of failed EV startup Electrical Final Mile Options (ELMS). The ELMS enterprise mannequin additionally relied on adapting a Chinese language-market EV design to U.S. requirements, on this case a supply van.
Mullen didn’t focus on a timeline for the launch of the GT and GTRS within the U.S., however the venture has been brewing for a while. Mullen confirmed the quirky, curvaceous K50 on the 2019 New York auto present and introduced plans to assemble 1,000 of them within the U.S. Initially it had deliberate to assemble the K50 at a facility in Washington state, however plans for that facility have been deserted.
Qiantu K50 by Mullen, 2019 New York auto present
Mullen initially deliberate to carry the K50 to the U.S. together with a battery electrical SUV known as the MX-05, each in 2021. It is since adjusted its plans to incorporate a variety of EV fashions, together with some business autos. It began this journey with the acquisition of the stays of Coda—and it is stated that some elements from Coda, like the corporate’s battery administration system, have been belongings as Mullen strikes ahead.
Along with this efficiency automotive, Mullen plans a 5 efficiency SUV and a Class 1 electrical van doubtlessly primarily based on the ELMS automobile, and it holds a majority stake in Bollinger. It additionally plans to construct the 5 and the Bollinger B1 and B2 vehicles in Indiana, whereas the Class 1 electrical van is to be assembled in Tunica, Mississippi.