Frankfurt 2017: Thunder Power

12 September 2017 | by Michael Gooderham

Taiwanese company Thunder Power has stormed into Frankfurt with an all-new electric SUV, displayed alongside the development prototype for their upcoming four-door saloon. These cars, along with a high-powered limited-run coupé version, will start to reach production in 2019, with the SUV following in 2020.

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The striking-looking EVs – all sitting on Thunder Power's own Tesla-style modular skateboard chassis developed in Germany, with suspension developed in Italy – were designed by the company's in-house team based in Milan, following a “Zen-inspired philosophy” which seems to involve pebbles, based on the style of the décor and freebies. They all feature a repeating-oval grille design that serves as the company logo.

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The powertrain includes a 125kWh battery which facilitates a range of up to 650km, so they claim. This is despite giving life to as much as 430kW's worth of e-motors (two at the back and an optional third at the front. The 'Launch Edition' coupé version of the sedan will feature a full 488kW of electric grunt and will be limited to a non-coincidental 488 units.

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The debuting SUV featured a full interior with large, sculpted seats and an immense touchscreen spanning the entire dashboard. A theme of large flat surfaces seemingly suppourted by black blocks can be seen with both the main screen and the one that features on the centre console.

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Completing the trend set is the promise of autonomy; the systems on these cars are upgreadeable through each of the five levels of autonomous driving – this means Thunder Power can keep customer's cars up to date as they develop increasingly advanced systems.

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Thunder Power cars will be produced in a new facility in Ganzhou, China as well as a European facility in Catalonia, Spain.