The car also seems to utilize regenerative braking, and can run on the batteries at up to 25 mph. The car can also use the battery power at higher speeds to boost performance. Chery was one of the first "independent" car makers to start up in China without a joint-venture with an established maker from elsewhere. That of course doesn't mean that they haven't relied on others for their designs (just ask GM about the QQ) so it wouldn't be surprising to find a couple of Priuses torn down at Chery's design center.
[Source: Chery Automobile via Google language tools]