In 2017, GWM landed in New Zealand with the debut of Haval H2 and H6 Coupe. The brand featured a rich sense of design and configuration at an affordable cost. However, GWM is disrupting the electric vehicle market with the Haval H6 Hybrid.
Haval H6 Hybrid
The Haval H6 Hybrid is a mid-size SUV that embraces hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology and a petrol engine. With the ability to use the battery in the city and lean on the engine for long road trips – they’re an adventurer’s dream.
Especially when fuel costs continue to rise. The Haval H6 hybrid claims fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres – more than the similarly sized Toyota RAV 4.
The 1.5-litre petrol turbo-charged petrol engine and 130kW electric motor produce 179kw and 530 Nm of torque. The structure creates a minimum-fuss transition between petrol and electric power with a surprising blend of performance and economy.
Plus, the design of the Haval H6 Hybrid is forward-thinking and futuristic – just like electric vehicles. The outside features a unique grille with cutouts beneath the headlights, new door trims and high-set central brake light.
The inside feels high-quality, with features like a minimalist dashboard and a modern dual-screen setup. The seats in the front are heated and ventilated, and the rear bench folds away to create a flat-floored boot capable of stowing 1485 litres of luggage.
In addition to its fuel efficiency and modern design, the Haval H6 Hybrid includes some of the best safety-enhancing features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert with emergency rear cross-traffic braking, and automatic emergency braking.
Plus, the surround-view camera is comparable to what you would find in a BWM or Audi, with the ability to select from various angles to avoid scratches in tight spaces.
Hydrogen fuel cell power
GWM is also taking steps into hydrogen fuel cell power plants for consumer vehicles. This approach is more common for heavy equipment and machinery in the motoring industry. But using hydrogen fuel cells in SUVs has some advantages:
– You can recharge them as quickly as you can replace the hydrogen
– They have all the advantages of EVs
– Hydrogen is an abundant gas that manufacturers can easily extract from the atmosphere using solar-powered osmosis
Currently, GWM is testing the GWM Ora – an electric vehicle with a cobalt-free battery in Australia. Cobalt-free batteries are a more sustainable way to build and drive electric cars. There are whispers that it will arrive in New Zealand in 2023. They also recently partnered with BMW to create Spotlight Automotive with plans to produce and share new energy innovations.
GWM’s approach to EVs sets a new standard for the electric vehicle industry. The future is energy efficient for the innovative car manufacturer and the Haval H6 Hybrid.