Small, slow and super cheap: China’s low-speed electric vehicles, or LSEVs, are bringing the thrill of driving to the masses—and hampering the government’s efforts to develop an upscale EV industry. Image: Crystal Tai

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48 thoughts on “Big in China: Tiny Electric Cars”

  1. Cheap, low tech(so its easy to manufacture), commercially available, practical, and useful for people who go to work or do grocery that are not too far from home. All these things make these kind of vehicles very beneficial to everyone and I think a lot of middle income countries would also benefit from this. They still should enforce having drivers license. Here in the Philippines, we also have these slow, ev kind of vehicles but are still required to have a driverse license.

  2. They sell with the same brand of lithium batteries for their power packs as tesla now. 200km range with optional 2kw pack. Tiny 2kw packs I researched, they performed perfectly and you get 10 years use.

  3. IMO THIS is when a booming economy makes a real impact on people's lives: when it provides accessible practical solutions to needs ordinary people. 50 years ago it was the bicycle, 20 years ago it was a scooter, and now it's this. i do understand the government's idea to protect the "proper" EV sector, but for these people owning a "proper" car isn't feasable anyways. so you migth as well leave them to use it since it's only this or the scooter or bus for them.

  4. 这老姐开车带孩子的方式看得人后颈发凉,希望她不要把这车开到高速或者快速公路上,镇上和村道开开得了。

  5. 2:29 lead acid batteries are not sub-standard. they are what turns the starter motor for 99% of all petrol & diesel car engines! lead acid batteries are also easy to recondition & recycle. they are however cheap and have no where near the power density of lithium ion.

  6. Another reason why some Chinese are against those mini ev is they are not being regulated by traffic law, nor they need a driver license to operate. We have a nickname called "老年快乐盒",basically means Elder's happy coffin box.

  7. I'm From Colombia and Chinese Companies Would be rich Here. We Love electric cars and motociclets so in Colombia this Would be the Bomb!

  8. It’s really good that in China they allow you to drive them without a license, a great option if you don’t have a license or you are under 18 years old, because in Russia in this case you can only ride an electric bike or an electric scooter

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