Geely Zhidou (D1, D2, D3)
Zotye Auto, known as the maker of 5008 EV and the cheapest Chinese car, Jiangnan Alto (TT), is developing a micro pure-electric car looking like Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, according to the Chinese medium "Internet Info Agency." About half a meter shorter than the i-MiEV, a five-door hatchback, the Zotye model has only three doors and one row of two seats.
Sitting on a 2080mm wheelbase, the Zotye micro EV is said to be 2900mm long, 1545mm wide, and 1590mm high, and thus noticeably larger than the electric Smart Fortwo. For functionality, it gets a 10 kilowatt-hour battery pack (compared with the 14 kilowatt-hour on the second-gen Smart EV) and can run at a top speed of 80km/h (the minimum level set by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for pure-electric passenger cars). The driving range is about 100km (the Ministry requires a minimum of 80km).
Earlier this year, another Zotye micro EV, the electric Jiangnan Alto (TT) has been found on sale in certain parts of China, available in both low-speed and high-way capable versions. Zotye, however, has not yet officially announced the release.
Re: Zotye’s Electric Two-Seater
The electric Jiangnan Alto looks too much like a car from the 80's. The first model looks more exciting, though its design still needs some work. But it will have to very cheap to be successful. The Smart Electric Drive is now in its third generation, and it's a very sophisticated product, yet if that Zotye is half the price, there will be a market for it.
The first spy shots of new Zotye electric mini car:
Re: Zotye electric car
It is actually the Zhidou ZD-1/ZD-2 from Xindayang (New Ocean Group) that Erik (Hello!) mentioned in this post in the Mini EV thread.
See www.evcar.com or en.evcar.com
Also introduced in Italy as GreenGo iCaro.
In the attached pics of the Zotye JNJ7000EVZ below, we can see the green ZD logo along with the Zotye badge (in the rear-end pic):
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With GreenGo logo:
GreenGo iCaro (italy)
Other Zhidou pics:
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Zotye E20 @ 2014 Beijing Auto Show:
Zotye Zhidou E20
Re: Zotye E20
This mini EV model looks like it would fit in with the cooperative letter of intent ("LOI") that Zotye signed with Kandi, "to establish a strategic alliance and cooperate with each others' competitive strengths to advance the EV development in Hangzhou", as reported by Yahoo News in 2012. But now that relationship seems to have been pre-empted by the Kandi-Geely cooperation.
Re: Zotye E20
@Dragin, of interest, here is an article relevant to the Kandi-Geely JV, in particular the Q&A section in the latter part of the article:
Several EV's with different badges and names caught at the parking lot in Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, yesterday. The price is yet unkonwn.
The car looks really cheap. I doubt the importer will find many customers here.
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