Of course, this is not a proprietary development of Russian engineers. Evolute i-Joy is a licensed copy of the Chinese electric crossover DFSK Seres 3, which debuted on the local market back in 2020 and is produced by a joint venture between Dongfeng and Chongqing Sokon Industry Group. The car, in turn, is the twin of Dongfeng Fengon E3, which the Chinese patented in Russia in 2019.
In terms of dimensions, this is an analogue of Chery Tiggo 4 and Skoda Karoq: body length is 4385 mm, width – 1850, height – 1650 mm. The distance between the axles is 2655 mm.
As follows from OTTS, in our market the model will be offered with an electric motor with a capacity of 130 kW (176 hp) and a torque of 225 Nm.
The 53 kWh traction battery provides 405 km of range under the outdated NEDC cycle (it will definitely be less under WLTP). According to representatives of Motorinvest, the car is equipped with a CCS-2 connector, which allows you to charge from 30% to 80% in half an hour.
The price has not yet been announced, but earlier the Ministry of Industry and Trade announced that the Lipetsk electric car would cost about the same as a similar car with an internal combustion engine. Thus, for commodity i-Joy, they will probably ask for about 2.5-3 million rubles. In this case, the car falls under the program of concessional lending. This means that when buying on credit, a discount of up to 35% of the original cost will be provided, but not more than 925 thousand rubles.
Production of Evolute i-Joy at the plant in Lipetsk will begin in the third quarter. It is known that the owners of Motorinvest intend to invest 13 billion rubles in the enterprise over the next 11 years and produce more than 242 thousand cars during this time. Moreover, we are talking about full-cycle production: by the end of the special investment contract, the level of product localization will reach 5,000 points on the scale of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
In addition to i-Joy, the Evolute model line will also be replenished with the i-Pro sedan (aka Dongfeng Aeolus E70), i-Van minivan (Dongfeng LinZhi EV) and the 694-horsepower Voyah Free crossover.