The Tesla Y Has a Worthy and Mysterious Competitor

The new Mullen MX-05 SUV is able to travel more than 1,000 km on a single battery charge, but everything is not that simple with it.

We just recently discussed a record-breaking EV with a 1,600-km range, as another long-distance vehicle has joined the club. California-based Mullen Technologies has announced its second model — the Mullen MX-05. The first was the Dragonfly K50, a sports car with no outstanding characteristics – 438 hp and a 380-km all-electric range. The car was distinguished only by its specific design.

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And if the first model did not attract much attention, then now things with the second one are different. Unfortunately, the manufacturer only shows renderings of the low-cost, mid-size MX-05. But the company is extremely serious. In the near future, Mullen Technologies plans to buy a factory for $135 million, where it will assemble the new SUV.

Little is known about the car itself. The Mullen MX-05 will be based on an unnamed platform that is noted to have performed well. In addition, it will reduce the development time of the new car by 2 years.

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The main feature of the new electric SUV is a solid-state polymer battery with a capacity of 150 kWh. It was developed by Linghang BOAO. Chinese batteries have already passed the necessary tests. Their effectiveness was checked by the independent California laboratory EV Grid. The report indicates that the batteries remain functional at temperatures from -40⁰C to +60⁰C. Battery degradation is only 2 percent per 10,000 charging cycles. Another advantage is weight. Compared to lithium-ion units, these ones are much lighter.

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The all-electric range will allow the Mullen MX-05 to travel more than 805 km. If you move at a speed of 88.5 km/h, this will be enough for 1,030 km of travel. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not yet disclosed other details. The Mullen MX-05 is scheduled for release in 2022.

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