I agree. I just got feedback yesterday from them that their engineers are working on facilitating a fast charger but that the fast charger won't be available until the following year. I'm hoping that for the early adopters who purchase their cars from the first batch that the fast electrical charge option can be made for them to use as well, and hopefully at no additional dollar charge.The K23 is a serious replacement for a gas car, combined with a level 3 charger that is.
Tesla recently made the announcement it would be selling a $25K vehicle. But I didn't see anything about when nor what. Maybe it was just a publicity stunt? If it's true it is inching its way closer and closer to KANDI in it's MSRP, but that inching is slower than molasses in January. Plus, Aptera already has pre-order reservations for an EV with an MSRP that starts at $26K. Maybe Tesla was just trying to one-up Aptera?Tesla is fine in its position, it shows innovative products and markets them toward wealthy customers. The Tesla Semi and other products do this for commercial clients.
However, we need an EV revolution for the rest of us. Tesla won't offer it, so I can't wait for what is coming from the competition.
Well, it was announced in China as a Tesla Chinese model, that could potentially be sold worldwide. It is promising, but its too little too late for me. I don't care for the Tesla brand anymore, but they can change the ship around if they want. By the time it reaches Canada I bet Tesla would overprice it at $35k.Tesla recently made the announcement it would be selling a $25K vehicle. But I didn't see anything about when nor what. Maybe it was just a publicity stunt? If it's true it is inching its way closer and closer to KANDI in it's MSRP, but that inching is slower than molasses in January. Plus, Aptera already has pre-order reservations for an EV with an MSRP that starts at $26K. Maybe Tesla was just trying to one-up Aptera?
I patiently await the next public announcement from Kandi.
Apparently the slower (speed-restricted) NEV models are already being showcased and delivered. This is the very first time that I get to see a view of the back seats. (not bad) the seats seem to have some red-threaded accents (as seen in the other videos). But I was glad to see that the rear seats were not totally pressed against the front seats. If you play this video in slow-mo you can capture a lot of interesting tell-tale info, including that which is on the sales tags. And there have already been a few comments made on the following YouTube page:Well, it was announced in China as a Tesla Chinese model, that could potentially be sold worldwide. It is promising, but its too little too late for me. I don't care for the Tesla brand anymore, but they can change the ship around if they want. By the time it reaches Canada I bet Tesla would overprice it at $35k.
It would depend on your state. I'll quote from Wikipedia: "states that authorize NEVs generally restrict their operation to streets with a maximum speed limit of 35 or 45 mph (56 or 72 km/h). Because of federal law, car dealers cannot legally sell the vehicles to go faster than 25 mph (40 km/h), but the buyer can easily modify the car to go 35 mph (56 km/h). However, if modified to exceed 25 mph (40 km/h), the vehicle then becomes subject to safety requirements of passenger cars. ... Regulations for operating an NEV vary by state. ... NEVs in many states are restricted to roads with a speed limit of 35 mph (56 km/h) or less. As of February 2012, NEVs are street-legal in 46 states." These cars can usually be easily modified by a qualified electro-mechanic to yield higher speeds. But my recommendation is to wait until their full model is authorized. That way you get your top speed of 69 miles per hour and the "Sport Mode" ... which will begin to approach the acceleration as a Mitsubishi Mirage.BTW, how fast does the NEV model go/its peak speed?
IMHO that's the major hurdle. Amongst other potential hurdles is deciding how and with whom to contract for dealerships and repair service around the nation and do stuff like honouring their guanratees.I wasn't even aware there was this regulated market for lower speed vehicles. Was news to me.
And it is good to know that the crash tests are the only thing holding up sales, I had been trying to figure out what the delay for deliveries is and that explains it. Hopefully they get through that quickly.
I totally agree. I couldn't be happier with my Mirage. But, as you said, my expectations were framed differently than most lead-footed people here. That Mirage has been everywhere. Aside from normal stuff like oil changes and brake pads, it's practically maintenance free. Since 2014 all I have had to do is replace some screws on the exhaust. It still runs like new. No, it doesn't peel rubber or pop an wheelie, but that's not why I purchased it.The Mirage is a fairly underrated ICE car, I think. I had one as a rental two summers ago, for a week, for a rather long trip. I couldn't believe the negative reviews when I started reading online. I think the problem today is that people are marketed to think they need either a race car or a mega behemoth truck or SUV, yet almost no one needs that much size or speed in practical terms. Obviously it wasn't a luxury vehicle, but it worked perfectly fine on the highway and in city streets alike.
The only thing I think car makers should do is provide a little more elbow/shoulder room in economy cars, then the rest of us who understand cars are to get from point A to B efficiently can laugh at all the people wasting money on insurance, base price, and consumption of larger vehicles. Status cars mean nothing, because the people you're trying to impress don't care. LOL The auto makers seem to have made current economy cars much smaller in shoulder room vs. economy cars from, say, the 1990's. Almost like they are purposefully trying to force people to buy an upgraded model.
My plan is to use it as a daily driver for semi-local trips, and save my 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage for the cross-country trips. I have a family member that lives 31 miles away that I visit once a week. But the country roads to get there average about 45 to 55 mph max, so the range, IAW what the Kandi mechanics say at those speeds, should not be an issue. The range starts to drop more the faster you drive it because of the wind drag. Plus, that family member has a regular socket I can plug into right on their front porch and I'm always there for more than 2 hours. So, counting all of those factors that would yield more than enough range.
Snow? Where are you located, your flag isn't a flag I recognize. LOLI totally agree. I couldn't be happier with my Mirage. But, as you said, my expectations were framed differently than most lead-footed people here. That Mirage has been everywhere. Aside from normal stuff like oil changes and brake pads, it's practically maintenance free. Since 2014 all I have had to do is replace some screws on the exhaust. It still runs like new. No, it doesn't peel rubber or pop an wheelie, but that's not why I purchased it.
I strongly believe that anyone buying a Kandi K27 would also have a similar mentality. And I anticipate that in some circles it will receive the same trolling as does the Mirage. But the same trolls that would not buy a Mirage would also not be caught dead in a K27. lol The Mirage does have its fervent group of enthusiasts though and it is extremely popular in the hyper-miling community, for a car that is entirely ICE, it's mileage rivals that of much more expensive hybrids. I too rent it when I am on a trip that is farther than where I can drive with mine. The Mirage also seemed to offer more shoulder and leg and head room than the Spark and the Fiesta and a better stock stereo. Frankly, I expected it to be a dog in the snow and have been pleasantly surprised at its traction control and stability. And with chains or snow tyres, no problemo at all. My only slight gripe is the slight body roll around corners.
Also, don't forget that you can likely make oodles of money by offering something like a Kandi on Turo as a novelty eCar. if you're not familiar with Turo, it's like the AirBNB but for cars, and they offer excellent insurance plans to protect your investment and are always prompt in their customer support to both those who rent their vehicles as well also those to whom the vehicles are rented.
I'f you don't have an account yet, you can use my referral code: Turo $25 credit on your first trip. Enjoy! That would certainly be a way for you to have, not only a free but a profitable car, or even fleet of cars.
Right this moment? -in the US Northeast. I'm from Panama. And that flag is from Costa Rica, which is right next door to Panama. It just seems this forum assigns a flag to wherever you happen to have been when you signed up. They probably went by IP address. I wonder what flags are assigned for people using a satellite phone on a ship? lolSnow? Where are you located, your flag isn't a flag I recognize. LOL
I have driven all of the above at one point or another, a co-worker at my old job had a Fiesta, I liked it but Ford has decided to end production of all economy cars and has moved to an SUV-only format. The American auto makers made this same mistake in the 1990's, which i very much remember. They still had sedans, but most of them were so crappy and unreliable that it was a debacle. A car like the Chevy Corsica, as one example, had 5 good years of shelf life before it fell apart. That's unheard of today.
The Spark is a very good car, but the shoulder room isn't there. The K27 has more shoulder room according to measurements I've seen. That's impressive.