Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup CHJ Automotive has starting taking pre-orders for its first electric SUV model, Leading Ideal ONE, with deliveries slated to begin in the fourth quarter.

The mid-to-large sized all-electric SUV features a range-extending system, which uses gasoline to power long-distance drives. Its New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) range is 800 kilometers (around 500 miles), said the company, almost double that of its rival, Nio’s premium model ES6, which purportedly has a maximum range of 300 miles.

Priced at RMB 328,000 (around $48,850) after government subsidies, the model ONE comes in slightly lower than the ES6’s $52,000 price tag. The Leading Ideal ONE is now available for pre-order with a deposit of RMB 5,000, the company said at a press event on Wednesday in the eastern Chinese city of Changzhou, where its production is based. Models will be available for test drives in the third quarter.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen