I don't see how a battery size just over 41kWh can only get 180km of range. I suspect with reasonable driving, it can get well over 200km. But we will have to see real world operation to know for sure.
The EPA 59mile figure is more of a CYA number. There are several factors involved. One of the biggest ones in wind resistance. The K27 is not a particularly low drag car and it will lose efficiency as it goes up in speed. Remember that when the K27 was initially introduced to the USA there were a bunch of cry-babies complaining that it's top speed of 63 miles could not reach the 65 mph speed limit? So KANDI bent over backwards to accommodate and raised the top speed to 68 mph (which, BTW, you can pump up a notch by swapping the tyres to the next slightly taller ones to eke out 73 to 74 mph). But remember that the faster you go the more wind resistance you must fight through. So, someone I know in Panama as well as somebody I know in China are getting approximately between 75 to 85 miles of range, but they rarely go beyond 55 miles per hour. Why I don't think they even have "Sport Mode" (probably made exclusively for bratty yanks). lol Now, here's a tid-bit, you will get ~105 miles if you avoid "Sport mode" drive it constantly at 37.2 miles on a smooth flat surface when it's not raining if you don;t have the AC or Heat blasting.I don't see how a battery size just over 41kWh can only get 180km of range. I suspect with reasonable driving, it can get well over 200km. But we will have to see real world operation to know for sure.
I read ya. Don't wanna end up paying double duty. Maybe if you talk to Kandi they can arrange having one shipped directly to you.A solar panel is a nice idea, but that would certainly not jive well with this being budget. I do think Kandi needs to ensure a fast charger option is available ASAP. But, then again, I'm waiting for them to enter the Canadian market so I can at least buy one instead of importing it. They would need to do a direct import to avoid re-importation so we can avoid the US dollar altogether, we won't see the savings unless it goes direct from China-Canada here, we are in desperate need of cheaper EV's in the north.