September 30, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
The Zotye 5008 full electric suv went on sale in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. Guangzhou recently launched an ambitious program to become greener and cleaner, one of the ways the city does that is by giving out subsidies for electric cars.
The 5008 costs 210.000 yuan from the factory, after subsidy from the central government 150.000 yuan and Guangzhou’s subsidy makes it only 108.000 yuan for the customer. Guangzhou is also rolling out more EV charging stations around town to keep the electrics riding. Furthermore, the city introduced a lease-program for EV’s under which users can charge for free.
Expect more automakers to send their EV’s to Guangzhou soon…
September 26, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Zotye brought an electric policecar to an auto-parts show in Beijing. It is called the ‘5008 EV’ and based on the 5008, itself based on the Daihatsu Terios. Zotye is no BYD and bought a licence from Daihatsu for use of the platform. The 5008 EV has a range, all numers claimed by Zotye, of 200 km, a top speed of 100 km/h and uses 12kwh per 100 km by an avarage speed of 40km/h.