Rising Auto unveiled the R7 on February 22, becoming the second carmaker after NIO to offer a battery swap-enabled model to the general public.

SAIC's Rising Auto sees first major production milestone for its battery swap-enabled R7 SUV-CnEVPost

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SAIC Group's Rising Auto, previously known as R Auto, today saw the first PPV (Production process validation) pre-production vehicles for the coupe SUV R7 roll off the production line at its plant in Shanghai Lingang.

This marks the completion of the R7's production line validation, the maturity of the process equipment, the reliability and durability of the core systems, and the degree of hardware and software matching for the smart driving and smart cockpit is close to production status, the company said in a statement.

SAIC's Rising Auto sees first major production milestone for its battery swap-enabled R7 SUV-CnEVPost

SAIC's Rising Auto sees first major production milestone for its battery swap-enabled R7 SUV-CnEVPost

Rising Auto will conduct a full range of testing and validation work in this phase to verify the reliability of the major process links of the production line and complete the production line process optimization, according to the company.

Rising Auto unveiled the R7 on February 22, becoming the second car company after NIO to offer a battery swap-enabled model for the general consumer.

The model is positioned as a mid-size coupe SUV, similar to NIO's EC6. It measures 4,900 mm in length, 1,925 mm in width and 1,655 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,950 mm.

For comparison, the NIO EC6 measures 4,850 mm in length, 1,965 mm in width and 1,731/1,714 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,900 mm.

Deliveries of R7 are expected to begin in the second half of this year, before which it will undergo several tests and reliability verifications.

Along with the announcement of this production milestone, Rising Auto has released a video about the R7 to introduce its core features.

SAIC's Rising Auto launches battery swap-enabled coupe SUV R7

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