This is the hippyPinky Sandi Coope Kupao, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) from China, seen last week on the Shandong EV Expo (intro). The Sandi Coope Kupao is a two-seat city car, featuring an all-black grille, round headlights, heavy black bumpers and wheel arches, fake silver air vents in the front fenders, large mirrors, a black roof, side bars, and sporty shiny multispoke alloys.
This is the superbly cool Qianli Kele, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) from China, seen last week on the Shandong EV Expo (intro). The Qianli Kele is a mini-mini bus, dressed here in school bus yellow and featuring A BMW-style grille, black wheel arches, huge mirrors, a single windscreen wiper, an antenna on the A-pillar, a black roof, and sporty shiny alloys.
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.
This is the bimmered Jinma JMW2200, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) from China, seen earlier this week on the Shandong EV Expo (intro). The Jinma JMW2200 comes with looks inspired by the BMW i3, including very similar headlights, a very similar bumper, a black bonnet, and a shiny BMW grille. Even the brand names are similar. Jinma (金马) means ‘Golden Horse’ and the Chinese name of BMW is Baoma (宝马), meaning ‘Treasure Horse’.
This is the fantastic Sikixing M1, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) from China, seen earlier this week on the Shandong EV Expo (intro). The M1 immediately became one of my favorite cars on the show, looking impossible cute and cool at the same time. The vehicle comes with big black bumpers for a tiny bit of safety, large truck-like mirrors, chromed doorhandles, an antenna on the A-pillar, and shiny silver multispoke alloys.
This is the Kaimali K50, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) from China, as seen on the Shandong EV Expo (intro). This particular example is top-of-the-line, the base versions looks like this. The vehicle features a shiny grille sitting low in the bumper, large truck-like mirrors with integrated indicators, speedy decals on the sides and sporty silver five-spoke alloys.
This is the Longrui Auto Utility Pickup Truck, a small electric car seen on the Shandong EV Expo in China (intro). The vehicle comes with a Hummer-like nose, bright orange paint, off-road tires, a two-seat cabin, suicide doors, and a small pickup bed. It is designed for duty in public areas, such as parks, bus stations, and shopping streets.
We start our coverage of the Shandong EV Expo in China (intro) with this brilliantly beautiful Tiema Car Little Beetle EV. An original design with no difference between the front and back bar for the lights. On this photo the front is on the left. The colorful cars lightened up the dark corner of the exhibition hall where they were parked. Sporty eight-spoke alloys are standard.
This week we visited the Shandong International Electric Vehicle & New Energy Vehicle Exhibition (from now on: Shandong EV Expo) in the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province in China. The expo is the largest electric vehicle show in China, with around 200 manufacturers showing at least 1500 cars.
The show was huge, challenging, and a beautiful chaos, with zillions of people checking out the latest EV’s. It is basically a trade show where dealers come to meet the manufacturers, but most LSEV makers, especially the smaller ones, would be happy to sell you a single car right off the show floor. Over the next few weeks we will show you a large number of cars, divided by brand and trend, alongside articles with more general impressions. Today we start with an introduction:
And one for the secretary. A long line of Model S in front of Tesla’s China headquarters.
Reports in Chinese media say Tesla China has a record inventory of 2301 Model S cars. The number is based on a comparison of the 2014 sales number and the 2014 import number: in 2014 Tesla sold 2499 Model S cars in China, but the company imported 4800 cars, leaving a gap of exactly 2301.
It is the first time that the exact 2014 sales number for Tesla in China has been revealed, 2499 accounts for 208.25 cars a month. The numbers have been confirmed by various Tesla employees and ‘insiders’, speaking anonymously to said media.