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Shandong EV Expo in China: the Minglong Deluxe EV

Published on March 22, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Shandong EV Expo in China: the Minglong Deluxe EV

This is the super speedy Minglong Deluxe EV, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) from China, seen earlier this week on the Shandong EV Expo  (intro). The Minglong Deluxe was one of the very few sporty LSEV’s on the show, featuring a giant hungry grille, aggressive headlights, a cab-forward greenhouse design, sharply cut mirrors, a single windshield wiper, two tone paint, and shiny multispoke alloys.

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The two-seat Minglong Deluxe comes with an interior very special for an LSEV. They really tried, and partly succeeded, to make something special here. A racy steering wheel, a digital dial, blue buttons for the aircon controls, a sturdy gearstick for the drive selector, fake wood on the center console and around said gearstick, red speakers, and a giant red panic button behind the handbrake. Best however are the three additional digital dials above the center console.

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Another look for another cool. Alu rims around the air vents. Red plastic and a large shiny button on the left side of the gearstick.

The Minglong Deluxe is manufactured by a company called Linhai Minglong Electric Vehicle Technology Corporation (web), based in the great city of Linhai near Taizhou in Zhejiang Province. The Minglong Deluxe is currently the company’s only product. We are very curious about whatever comes next…

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Pillar-less doors, racy red seats, and a shiny silver plastic door handle. The company had three Deluxe’s on the stand, in red, green, and black. The Minlong Deluxe is powered by a 3.5 Kw electric motor mated to a lead-acid battery. Top speed is 55 kilometer per hour, fast for an LSEV, and range is 120 kilometer. However fast, big it is not: 2670/1530/1350, wheelbase is 1870 and curb weigh is 650 kilo.

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Than a man got up to the red car…

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… and drove away…

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…. which gave me a good opportunity to study the back of thee black car, with a Volvo 480-like rear window, massive light units, and integrated wing on top of the window, and aerodynamic lines on the bumper. All this pretty comes for a rather steep price of 28.500 yuan or 4587 USD.

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That wiper is big enough for a truck. Visibility in the rain won’t be compromised in the Minglong Deluxe EV.

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The green car had a green grille.

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This is from the brochure I got. Orange car with black grille on a highway, without a driver. Autonomous, maybe..?

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  1. Marco Loglio- March 22, 2015 Reply

    with 3,5 Kw motor the max speed cannot reach 40 km/h . 120 kmrange is a dream.. in real condition inurban rafic this car cam max have 50 km range in the summer , 10 km in the winter after one year of use.
    These are uncontrovertible data and CNC should be aware of these basic engineering data.
    I think is wrong to illude consumers about the performance of these cars that sometimes looks cute but are totally unsafe and crappy vehicles.

    1. Tycho de Feijter- March 22, 2015 Reply

      Marco,

      please be more specific and source your numbers. Which ‘basic engineering data’ do you mean? Ten kilometer in winter? Sorry, but that is plain nonsense (on the north pole maybe…). Also keep in mind the vehicles are extremely light, basically four-wheel scooters with a roof.

      1. marco loglio- March 23, 2015 Reply

        Tycho, as you know is 25 years that i work as engineer in the Ev field Everybody is professional in this field know that lead acid battery cannot work properly in a EV .
        They work quite well when they are new and in warm weather. But after few months and specially with cold weather the performance of the lead acid battery drop drastically. The 10 km range in cold weather was confirmed to me by a LSEV chinese company director, and this was just a recent confirmation of what any battery expert know.
        About the speed it’s quite easy to calculate the max speed versus the rated max power . The chinese Ev are not light weight , is not like the eurpean quadricycle that are limited to 350 Kg (L6e ), here the average weight is almost double. Moreover the european quadricycle has a power of 4 kw and they barely can reach the max approved speed of 45 km/h.
        Now is easy to understand that a car that weigt the double and has a lower power never can reach an higher speed. And this is exactly the case of the domestic made LSEV.
        I personally drove many of these LSEV in my 15 years in China and i can make sure that no one of them can reach a max speed of 40km/h in the best condition.
        Chinese makers are well know to impress the consumers that are not familiar with the EV giving out data that are uncompatible with the technical specification.
        Should be duty of car magazine to clear all these fake data giving correct information to the readers

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