Check Out These Five New Electric Cars From China, World’s Largest EV Market – Forbes

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016
Changan BenBen

Changan BenBen EV, by Tycho de Feijter

The market for electric cars and all sorts of other electric vehicles keeps booming in China. Subsidies can be as high as 90,000 yuan ($13,000) and more and more consumers and companies are buying in. Local Chinese automakers make up most of the electric car market and are now seriously investing in research & development, leading to better cars with more power and longer range, and thus to more sales.

This year’s Guangzhou Auto Show saw the debut of over 30 new energy vehicles (NEVs). For this article I take a look at the most interesting new cars in five electric vehicle segments:

Mini car segment: Changan BenBen EV

The petrol-powered BenBen is one of the most popular mini cars on the market, and now there is an electric version, simply called the BenBen EV. Most Chinese automakers doe not bother to come up with special names for electric cars. The BenBen is powered by an electric motor with an output of 75hp and 165nm, good for a 125km/h top speed and a range of 200 kilometres. It will hit the market in December for 59,800 yuan ($8600).

Compact sedan segment: Dongfeng Fengxing Jingyi  S50 EV

Dongfeng Fengxing Jingyi S50 EV

Dongfeng Fengxing Jingyi S50 EV, by Tycho de Feijter

What is in a name? Dongfeng Motors is the owner of the Fengxing brand, which sells a line of cars called Jingyi, one of those is the S50 sedan, and they now have launched an electric variant. The S50 EV is a compact sedan, a booming electric car sub-segment. The Jingyi EV has an electric motor with 120hp and 280nm, top speed is 150 km/h and range is 250 kilometers. It will go on sale in early 2017 for about 120,000 yuan ($17,360).


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