Kandi America is about to release a couple electric cars for sale in the US. The least expensive model is the K27 which is almost exactly like the I-miev except for motor size. (It's a 20KW motor compared to our 47KW). They call in an $10K car although it's really $17,999 before the federal incentive.
My thought is this might be a good replacement car for someone wanting to replace their older I-Miev for not much money but, the 63 mph top speed gives me some pause. It might be good for those that only do city driving.
Note that they also have the K23 which is a very similar car that's 10" longer than the K27 but with a 21KW motor and a 41KWH battery. It's price is around $27999. I like the extra range this car has but I'm not sure it would make a good long range car. Top speed is 70 mph.
They're are available at Kandi America.com
Kandi K27 Specifications (The "$10K version")
Electric Motor: (AC) TZ180XS-EP04515 Rated Power: 20 KW
Mile Range: 59 EPA estimated miles
Top Speed: 63 MPH
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive
Dimensions: Length 136.22″, Width 57.87″, Height 63.58″
Weight: Curb Weight 2,270.76 lbs, GVWR 2,932 lbs,
Battery Type: 17.69 kWh Ternary Lithium
Charging Time: (240V/32A)7 Hours
Brakes: Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Included, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Included
Tire: Front 165/65 R14, Rear 165/65 R14
Other: Seating 4 Adults
Display: 9″ Center Touchscreen
Mitsubishi I-Miev (For comparison)
Electric motor 47 kW (63 hp), 180 N⋅m (133 lbf⋅ft) permanent-magnet motor
Transmission Single speed reduction gear
Battery 16 kWh / 58 MJ (Li-ion battery)
Range 160 km (99 mi) (Japanese cycle)
100 km (62 mi) (US EPA cycle)
Plug-in charging 15 A 240 V AC (3.6 kW) on the SAE J1772-2009 inlet, optional Chademo (max 62.5 kW, up to 125A@500V), adapters for domestic AC sockets (110–240 V)
Wheelbase 2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
3,680 mm (144.9 in)(US)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
1,585 mm (62.4 in)(US) (excluding side-mirrors)
Height 1,600 mm (63.0 in)
1,615 mm (63.6 in)(US)
Curb weight 1,080 kg (2,380 lb)
What do you guys think?
2012 ES, Cool Metalic Silver, very basic, no extras. Over 60K miles!