Aiways is now supplying the car rental company Filippi Auto in Corsica with several hundred units of its battery-electric SUV U5 as part of the Electrify Corsica project. Filippi Auto is Aiways’ first major customer in Europe.
The Corsican client is the operator of the Hertz car rental companies on the Mediterranean island. The Chinese BEV fleet is to be integrated into the company’s fleet of cars as early as this summer, according to a press release electrivereceived by email. The procurement project is part of a large-scale campaign to reduce emissions and air pollution in Corsica and to make the island a hub for e-mobility.
The vehicles – all U5 crossovers – will be used for leasing on the island in the Mediterranean Sea, the company said.
The U5 – about the size of an Audi Q5 – is Aiways’ first product and is equipped with a 140-kilowatt electric motor, with a range of more than 400 kilometers.
Aiways was established in Shanghai in 2017 by Volvo Car Corp.’s former China sales chief, Fu Qiang, and SAIC Motor Corp.’s former CFO, Gu Feng. It has an assembly plant in Shangrao of east China’s Jiangxi province.