This Is The New Jinlin Meili 2057 LSEV From China
Published on March 30, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter
This little wonder is the Jinli Meili 2057, one of the best looking LSEV’s on the the 2017 Jinan EV Show. The cabin has a teardrop shape, with huge windows and duel tone paint. It has sharply shaped lights, big black bumpers, semi-open front wheels, half-covered rear wheels, big mirrors and an even bigger windshield wiper.
The rear wheel arch has cooling vents for if things get a little bit to hot there. Five-spoke alloys are racy.
The Meili 2057 is manufactured by a company called Fuijan Jinlin Automobile, based in the great city of Fuzhou in Fujian Province. They do not have a website, only a WeChat channel (search for 福建金林汽车). This is becoming very common, many of these small LSEV makers ditch the open web altogether. They also make a small 3-wheeler with a very aerodynamic design.
Meili means beautiful, 2057 stands for year far away in the future, which it is. So together the name should be understood as ‘beautiful future’.
The interior is very good for a vehicle of this kind. Well put together and well designed. Center stack with the aircon controls (yes it has aircon!) and a unit for the infotainment system. Steering wheel with a black rim and a silver black center. Round air vents and a single cup holder on the tunnel.
Don’t mind the mess, on shows like this the show cars are often doubling as storage room/lunch room/smoke room/garbage can. This is how LSEV makers do their thing, you know?
Graphics are pretty clear. The screen can also play MP4 movies for if you are bored with such nonsense as speed and battery power.
About power: the Meili 2057 is powered by an electric motor with 5.4 hp, mated to a 60 volt lead-acid battery. The company says it has a 60 km/h top speed and a 120 kilometer range. Top speed might sound hard to believe but curb weight is only 650 kilo, and it is seriously aerodynamic. So perhaps is can really go that fast… Size: 2350/1450/1555. Price for all this speedy pretty: 15.988 yuan or $2320.
The Meili 2057 seats two. And unlike on most LSEVs the rear door opens for easy access to the tiny luggage bay. Lights are fashionable small.
There was a lot of interest for the 2057. Here a white example with white seat covers.