The Mullen Five RS electric crossover appears with a power of more than 1,000 horsepower

The Mullen Five RS electric crossover appears with a power of more than 1,000 horsepower

There’s a new American electric car startup promising cars with performance that rivals Tesla’s Plaid versions of the Model S and Model

The startup is Mullen, and the Southern California company used CES 2024 this week in Las Vegas to introduce its first, the Five RS.

As the name suggests, the Five RS is based on Mullen’s Five compact car that was first shown at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, the RS version represents a significant improvement, not only in performance but also in design and technology.

The Five RS sits much lower to the ground than the regular Five, and features unique styling inside and out. A maximum power of over 1,000 hp is promised from the dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain that includes a two-speed gearbox. The gearbox is key to the Five RS reaching Mullen’s top speed target of more than 200 mph. The company also quotes a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than two seconds and 60-0 mph braking performance in less than 110 feet.

Mullen Five RS

Mullen Five RS

The Five RS is equipped with Brembo brake calipers that grip carbon-ceramic discs, as well as an ultra-performance Racetrack mode to maximize power and enhance steering engagement. Additionally, the car is said to come with an AI voice assistant equipped with facial recognition technology.

Mullen did not divulge platform details but said the Five RS will feature an 800-volt electrical architecture and a 100-kWh battery capacity, allowing a 10-80% charging time of 21 minutes and a range of up to 300 miles. The company’s target weight is 5,070 lbs.

Pricing has not been revealed, but Car and Driver reported that Mullen CEO David Michery said during CES that the starting price would be $295,000. This is well above the $55,000 price target that Mullen placed on the regular five.

Mullen Five RS

Mullen Five RS

All five will be produced at a factory in Mishawaka, Indiana. The plant’s previous owner was AM General, which built Hummers and Mercedes-Benz R-Class cars on the site. Mullen is accepting reservations for the Five and has previously hinted at production starting in 2024, although the company’s website now indicates the Five RS version will arrive first. Production of the high-performance crossover is scheduled to begin in 2025.

In addition to the Five, Mullen plans to launch its own version of the Qiantu K50, a Chinese electric sports car that Mullen will rename as GT and will also offer in RS form. The company is also planning to launch a small car called Go.

Mullen is also active in the commercial vehicle sector, supplying electric trucks and vans under its own brand. After acquiring Bollinger, another electric vehicle startup, in 2022, Mullen intends to offer electric trucks under the Bollinger brand. In addition, Mullen will resume development of the Bollinger B1 and B2 electric SUVs and pickup trucks.

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