In the automotive business, aerodynamics is crucial, and in the age of electric vehicles, its significance is much greater. First and foremost, efficient aerodynamics affect a vehicle’s energy efficiency, which is critical for electric vehicles (EVs). To put it simply, streamlined designs minimize drag, which makes it easier for battery-powered vehicles to overcome obstacles and go farther between charges.
This brings us to the device that is shown here. This appears to be Chery’s most recent electric idea, with a drag coefficient of 0.168. Chery asserts that the Aero prototype—which was created using AI simulations—is the world’s most aerodynamically optimized vehicle. But to put it mildly, that is entirely false. That will come up in a second, though.
There aren’t many information about the concept currently accessible. The Chinese manufacturer says it completed almost 2,000 optimization cases in search of the ideal aerodynamic lines, drawing inspiration for the overall design language from tuna fish. Chery claims to have achieved the best performance in the automotive sector with a Cd of 0.168, which it recorded during wind tunnel testing in August of this year. However, the outcome hasn’t even been independently confirmed.
This is undoubtedly an astonishing figure if it is real. It is not, by any means, the lowest drag coefficient recorded in the automobile industry. When compared to other noteworthy accomplishments in the field of aerodynamics, the Volkswagen ARVW concept from the 1970s had a Cd of 0.15. In contrast, the wind resistance of the Fiat Turbina from 1954 was 0.14, and that of the Ford Probe V concept from 1985 was 0.137. All of these figures decisively surpass Chery’s novel idea.
The drag coefficient of the far more contemporary Lightyear 0 was 0.175. However, that venture was short-lived, as only two cars were completed. Aptera Motors is completing work on a solar-powered electric three-wheeler, as Electrek remembers, which is expected to have a drag coefficient of between 0.13 and 0.15. These numbers aren’t official and public yet, though.
For those who are unaware, Chery Automotive is a Chinese automaker that was founded in 1997. Originally based in Wuhu, Anhui, China, Chery became well-known for manufacturing reasonably priced, practical compact automobiles that catered to the demands of the expanding middle class in China.
Chery has proven throughout the years to be dedicated to innovation, placing a high priority on research and development. Its entry into the electric car sector has been one noteworthy facet of its global expansion. The firm has progressively expanded its global reach, establishing collaborations and assembly sites across many nations such as Brazil, Russia, and Iran. Chery’s automobile isn’t the most aerodynamic in the world right now either.