Mullen Qiantu K50 - the electric supercar with the Dragonfly
I love everything about this car. The name is spot-on, the design is excellent, the dragofly badge on the hood is cool. And I like the interior, too. This beautiful thing is called the Qiantu (Mandarin for "future") K50 and is made by Southern California-based Mullen Technologies in partnership with Qiantu Motor, a subsidiary of CH-Auto in China.
The Qiantu is built with a combination of aluminium and carbon fibre. The whole car comprises a total of 29 body panels for a combined weight of just 46 kg (103 pounds). The all-aluminium frame weighs 234 kg (516 pounds).
The car is going to be available in 6 different colours*, all of which with exposed carbon fibre contrast side panels, and inside you'll find sports seats with leather + sports fabric and Alcantara upholstery, a 15.6-inch tablet touchscreen for your infotainment and sat-nav and so on and so forth, plus a digital instrument cluster right in front of you. The K50 also features a plethora of ADAS (safety systems) including cross-traffic, lane change and collision warnings. Plus 360-degree surround cameras for when you park it.
It is powered by two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear with a rear-biased 43:57 weight distribution, for a combined power output of 280 kW / 376 hp and 580 Nm of torque, meaning the Qiantu can accelerate from zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds. The battery pack, which can be charged both with AC and DC charging, is capable of 78 kWh, and the NEDC range is 230 miles. Meanwhile, stopping power is provided by fixed Brembo 4-piston brake calipers mounted on lightweight forged aluminium alloys with P-Zero tyres.
Over 1,000 units have been sold to date and the car is actually assembled in Spokane, Washington. Prices start at $125,000.
*Dune Golden, Vibrant White, Night Black, Phantom Silver, YuanQi Red, Dream Blue.