- Springtime wanderlust: The electric Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé makes it easier than ever to start your electric travel adventure, thanks to optimal route planning with real-time data
- Agile, dynamic & adventurous: thanks to its unrivaled lightweight platform and efficient 218-hp powertrain with a range of 405 km, the lifestyle coupe is the perfect travel companion
- Aiways spring road trip: The Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé celebrates its dynamic world premiere in Lisbon. On the way to Porto, in addition to the sun, beach and perfect waves, you can also experience the culture and culinary delights of Portugal.
Shanghai/Munich, April 05, 2023 – Spring is here and wanderlust is building. What could be better than discovering Europe during the Easter vacations with the first warm rays of sunshine? A road trip with the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the continent whilst traveling in a relaxed and environmentally conscious manner.
From the majestic fjords in Scandinavia, the lavender fields of France, stunning Alpine passes in Switzerland, to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the glorious sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast, there are countless ways to discover the nature and culture of Europe. Is it a challenge to prepare for such a trip?
More relaxed and comfortable than ever: a road trip with an electric car
Not at all, after all electromobility is more simple and straightforward today than ever before. With its range of 405 kilometers according to the WLTP standard, the new Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé is well suited to long journeys. On the road, the comfortable suspension tuning and very good noise encapsulation combined with the impressive aerodynamics of the self-confident lifestyle SUV ensure quiet, comfortable and relaxed driving.
Those who have chosen a challenging coastal route or a winding mountain pass road will be rewarded with sprinting power from the powerful AI-PT permanent magnet synchronous engine with its 160 kW (218 hp). Furthermore, the unrivaled low vehicle weight of just 1,790 kilograms thanks to the MAS platform designed in mixed aluminum construction promises agile and dynamic handling.
“The new Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé shows how important a good package is in the age of electromobility,” explains Zeeshan Shaikh, Head of Aiways Technical Center Munich. “Our MAS platform, with its lightweight construction and optimal use of space, offers us many opportunities, which we have used for improvements such as the new powertrain or the use of a heat pump. After all, efficiency and range remain the most important decision criteria for most customers.”
Improved efficiency and optimal load planning in the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé
The fine-tuning of the individual components in the powertrain of the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé has made a significant contribution to a high range in real-world operation. For example, in addition to the revised AI-PT engine, the power electronics and reduction gearbox have also been optimized for even greater efficiency, enabling a consumption value of 16.6-15.9 kWh/100km according to the WLTP standard. The standard use of a heat pump for the heating and air-conditioning system also brings significant advantages in energy management, thus increasing not only the range but also comfort.
With a quick-charge capability of just 30 minutes for a classic “road trip intermediate charge” of 30 to 80 percent, the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé offers the best conditions even for speedy long-distance stages. The seamless integration of the PUMP app (integration available from U6 SUV-Coupé sales launch) into the Aiways AI-Tech OS also enables optimal planning of the route and charging stops, without any time-consuming preparation. Vehicle data is read out in real time and, in addition to driving speed, the topography of the route, for example, is also factored into the calculated consumption forecasts. On this basis, PUMP suggests the best possible charging stops, whose availability is also displayed in real time on the Apple CarPlay route. Even payment for the charging process can be made from the app.
“The Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé is a very compelling overall package. In this respect, it not only covers the compact lifestyle segment, but also lends itself to families and travel enthusiasts,” explains Dr. Alexander Klose, Executive Vice President Overseas Operations at Aiways. “As part of the dynamic world premiere, we demonstrated our U6 to the European media in Lisbon, where the car impressed at least as much as the culture and sustainable philosophy of the Portuguese. You live what we at Aiways call the “Electric state of mind” here and it makes you want to experience more of the country and its people now with the onset of spring.”
The Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé Spring Road Trip Tip: From Lisbon to Porto
Start in Cascais: Drive from Lisbon along the coast and make a first stop in the picturesque fishing village, which has now become a popular resort. Here you can relax on the beach or take a stroll through the charming old town.
The route continues to Sintra: the charming town, known for its picturesque castles and gardens, the ideal location to for a second stop to take it all in. Visit the Castle of Pena, the Palace of Monserrate and the National Palace of Sintra. Here you can enjoy some of Portugal’s most beautiful architectural and scenic sights.
A little further north, Óbidos awaits your visit: the medieval town, surrounded by an impressive city wall, invites you to stroll along the cobbled streets with their historic buildings. Also visit the castle and the church of Santa Maria.
The surfer’s paradise Nazaré: Continue along the coast to Nazaré, a popular surfer’s paradise and fishing village. Here you can relax on the beach and watch the sea. On Praia do Norte you have the best view of the biggest waves and the best surfers in the world. A lunch stop is also a good idea, Nazaré is famous for its freshly caught fish dishes.
Another must stop is Aveiro: Also known as the “Venice of Portugal”, Aveiro attracts visitors with its many canals and traditional boats. In Aveiro you can find a real culinary highlight to accompany your afternoon coffee, the “Ovos moles” which are internationally adored.
The destination following 320 kilometers: This small Portuguese road trip concludes in Porto, a charming city on the Douro River, famous for its port wine cellars and its baroque architecture. Visit the historic old town of Porto and stroll through the narrow streets and squares. Be sure to taste the port wine here and the local dishes like “Francesinha” or “Tripas à Moda do Porto”.
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Founded in 2017, Aiways is a Shanghai-based personal mobility provider with its European HQ in Munich, Germany. It was the first Chinese start-up to introduce an electric vehicle to the European market with the launch of the U5 in 2020 – a battery-electric SUV with impressive range, style, and quality. Aiways is rapidly continuing its expansion in Europe and beyond: order books are open in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Slovenia – with more markets to follow. The U5 SUV is produced at Aiways’ smart production facility in Shangrao – one of the most modern car production facilities in China. The IT-controlled processes with challenging quality gates follow the standards of Industry 4.0. With an initial production capacity of 150,000 units per annum, Aiways can increase this number to 300,000 units when global EV demand rises. Aiways’ next model for Europe will be the battery-electric U6 SUV-Coupé. With a focus on sophisticated aerodynamics, highly connected driving, safety technology, and a sporty design, the U6 SUV-Coupé is just the next chapter of Aiways’ promising future.
Industry 4.0 standards, and the annual production capacity of initially 150,000 units can be increased to 300,000 units as market demand increases. The second Aiways model for the European market, the battery-electric U6 SUV-Coupé, provides a further glimpse of the brand’s promising future. The focus of this model is on sophisticated aerodynamics, highly networked drive and safety technology, and a decidedly sporty appearance.