GAC Group says the Aion LX Plus can drive more than 1,000 km on a single charge.

GUANGZHOU/TOKYO — Chinese automaker GAC Group stole the spotlight Friday at the opening of Guangzhou International Auto Show, unveiling an electric vehicle that can travel over 1,000 km on a single charge.

The Aion LX Plus is being billed as the EV with the world’s longest range in mass production. The traveling distance is unusual among high-end Chinese EVs. For comparison, the Aion LX runs between 520 km and 650 km on one charge.

GAC will put the Aion LX Plus on the market in January.

News of the long-running battery was met with surprise by some at the show. “One thousand kilometers can be doable if you place many batteries” into an EV, said a source from a competitor.

However, GAC has developed silicon sponge electrode technology, which allows the manufacturer to reduce battery volume while boosting energy density.

Image and content: Takashi Kawakami/Nikkei Asian Review

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