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The Kaiyun Pickman Is Basically The Coolest Pickup Truck In The World

Published on March 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

The Kaiyun Pickman Is Basically The Coolest Pickup Truck In The World

This is the ultra basic and ultra cool Kaiyun Pickman, and LSEV pickup truck that I met on the 2017 Jinan EV Show. This racy red example is the most basic of them all; with steel wheels, a a simple bench, and a long bed. The indicators are located in top of the front fenders, and the doors open suicide.

This is a slightly more luxurious variant with shiny wheel covers.

A police variant with the door panels off and.

The Kaiyun Pickman is manufactured by a company called Kaiyun Motors (website, offline). They are based in Beijing with a factory in Hebei Province. Kayun Motos is a subsidiary of Beijing-based GSC Design, a design firm that also built a brilliant mini-mini MPV concept.

The Pickman is powered by an electric motor with 5.3 horses, mated to a 72V lead-acid battery pack. Top speed is 45 km/h and range is 120 kilometers. Curb weight is just 680 kilo and rated load is 300 kilo, but that includes the driver and passenger. Count 75 for each, leaving a freight weight of 150 kilo. Size: 3245/1320/1460, and wheelbase is 2078. Price for all this pretty starts at 28.800 yuan or $4170.

The interior is a beauty in its basic-ness. The only wild is the steering wheel with a flat bottom. Well, these Pickmans can race. There is a tiny LCD in front of the driver, a simple drive-selector knob, and an even more simple control panel:

Fron left to right: indicator, lights, alarm light, and the windshield wiper. What more do you need?

The Pickman was originally devised as a utility vehicle for park services, deliveries companies, and the such. However, the company is now also trying to sell it as a ‘cool’ vehicle for all sorts of cool people who want to try something different. Will they succeed..? I sure like it, but then again; I am not cool.

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  1. dragn- March 10, 2017 Reply

    Down south the Pickman is rebadged as the Lifan C3
    http://www.lifanmotors.net/electricCar/C3/
    How about those anachronistic toggle switches?
    Count me among the “uncool”

    1. D Mitra- March 10, 2017 Reply

      Hello Dragn, where were you all these days? Not seen you on CCF even.

  2. dragn- March 12, 2017 Reply

    Hello D Mitra. Good to see you here. Yes, I will be there again soon.

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