25 Jul '14, 4pm

A window into China's low-speed electric vehicle revolution

Nearly all low-speed electric vehicles in China use lead-acid batteries and are powered by 1.5-kW to 4-kW direct current motors with a top speed of around 38 miles per hour. Low-speed EVs in China typically have a range of 60 to 100 Miles, depending on the size of the motor and the number of batteries. Low-speed EVs are typically very small, designed for Chinese consumers. There are a few models designed to accommodate Westerners, but they cost more and don't sell as well in China. Smaller EVs with one seat in the front and two seats side by side in the back are very popular and can be as narrow as 3'8" (1.1 meters). Almost all low-speed EVs in China are built with four doors, the thinking being that if a car doesn't have four doors, it's not a real car. Plus, with four doors the owner can always go out and moonlight as a taxi if money is tight. There are no government sub...

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