A new electric SUV with a range of 125 miles (200 kilometers) by the name of the E-3D SUV was recently unveiled by ZAP and Jonway Auto at an electric vehicle product launch dealership meeting, according to a new press release.
The new model was designed specifically with use in the dense metropolitan centers of China in mind. China is currently working to limit the number of licenses granted to ICE vehicle owners in many cities due to air pollution issues, so expect to see more EV models targeted for such a use.
The press release provides more:
The E-3D SUV is an attractively designed 3 door SUV that comfortably accommodates 4 passengers. The model had undergone and passed European crash tests, and ZAP is currently exploring dealership partners to complete the EV type approval for the European overseas market. Potentially in the future, this E-3D SUV competitively priced would also be suitable for the US market after type approval and certification in the US. The E-3D SUV comes in lithium battery version with range of over 200 km or 125 miles, and achieves a top speed of 140 km per hour or over 85 miles per hour. The lithium version is eligible for China’s central and local government rebates of approximately US$10,000. Price of the EVs competes competitively with the gasoline versions.
Sounds good. I haven’t been able to find exact numbers, though, so exact pricing isn’t quite clear yet. Nice to see the Chinese sector starting to get more serious, though. BYD has of course been serious for quite some time, but others could step up much more.
Pre-orders for the SUV are apparently being taken already, with shipments by the end of the year being the plan.