Contemporary from its acquisition of Bollinger earlier in September, fellow U.S. electrical automobile startup Mullen final week introduced plans for a model of its upcoming 5 crossover with efficiency to rival Plaid variations of Tesla’s Mannequin S and Mannequin X.
First proven on the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Present, the Mullen 5 is a small crossover designed to go up towards the Tesla Mannequin Y and Volkswagen ID.4. Nonetheless, Mullen is creating a 5 RS flagship that may boast over 1,000 hp, or sufficient for 0-60 mph acceleration in 1.9 seconds, putting it in an identical league to Tesla’s Plaid fashions, in addition to Rimac’s Nevera hypercar.
The 5 RS is slated for a reveal subsequent spring. Different confirmed specs embody a prime velocity of over 200 mph, made potential by a 2-speed transmission, in addition to an 800-volt electrical system, which ought to allow fast cost instances when utilizing a DC quick charger.
“From the inception of Mullen, it has been my mission to deliver an ultra-high-performance EV to market,” David Michery, Mullen’s chairman and CEO, mentioned in an announcement. “The 5 RS is meant to be one of many quickest automobiles on the planet, competing with a number of the finest and most well-known and regarded automotive marques.”
Mullen plans to construct the 5 crossover at a plant in Tunica, Mississippi. The usual model will begin at about $55,000 and include a variety of 325 miles and sufficient horsepower for 0-60 acceleration in 3.2 seconds and a prime velocity of 155 mph. The corporate has beforehand pointed to 2024 for the beginning of deliveries.
Mullen has additionally beforehand proven a sports activities automobile known as the Dragonfly K50, although timing for this mannequin is unclear.
With its current acquisition of Bollinger, Mullen plans to launch electrical industrial vehicles beneath the Bollinger model. It can additionally revive plans for Bollinger’s B1 and B2 electrical SUV and pickup truck.
Mullen will current the 5 and new 5 RS throughout a promotional tour throughout the U.S., referred to as the Strikingly Completely different tour. Particulars of the tour will likely be introduced at a later date however Mullen has confirmed it’ll have an IndyCar racing driver available to showcase the efficiency of the 5 RS and provide rides to the general public.