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New Electric Cars From China – May 2021 – Part 2

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This is the second part of our series on New Electric Cars From China – May 2021. For background and more cars see Part 1. We immediately continue with the car you see atop this post; the new Mazda CX-30 EV.

Mazda CX-30 EV


The Mazda CX-30 EV is an electric variant of Mazda’s popular CX-30 crossover. The EV variant is only for China, at least for now. Design is very similar to the petrol version bar for the extra side bars. The CX-30 EV is made locally by the long-running Changan-Mazda joint venture, and fitted with e-skyactiv badges. Power comes from a single electric motor with an impressive 217 hp, good for a 160 km/h top speed. NEDC range will be about 400 kilometers. The other specs will be unveiled soon.

Weltmeister E5


Weltmeister is an oddly named (it means world champion in German) but  interesting new EV maker from China. The company was founded in 2015 and currently makes two cars: the EX5-Z crossover and the EX6 Plus SUV. Very soon, the ‘world champions’ will add the Weltmeister E5 to their lineup. The E5 is a compact electric sedan, it looks attractive but not overly special, just like every Weltmeister really.  The E5 uses a single-motor setup with an output of 163 hp. NEDC range will hover around the 500 kilometer mark.

JMEV Yi


JMEV is a new EV brand, making small and affordable electric cars. It is a joint venture between Renault and Jiangling Group New Energy. The latter is a subsidiary of the Jiangling Motors Corporation Group, best known for their Landwind brand. JMEV started making cars in 2015. Currently, they make the EV3 hatchback and the EX5 crossover. The new JMEV Yi will be their third car, a compact sedan with a nice but somewhat messy design. ower comes from a single electric motor with 147 hp. Top speed is 140 km/h and range will be about . Range of the Yi is will be yet unknown but bet on around 350 km NEDC. JMEV is also working on a car-sharing scheme under the Ezoom name.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Is it possible read these monthly list of approved Chinese cars that the government publish? Is it from a website that you can read or subscribe to or is it corporate only? I’m highly interested to know about all the new cars made in China.

    Last question, is “New Electric Cars From China” series going to be the replacement/successor for the catalogues that your colleague used to compile?

    Thanks.

    • Yes, you can see the list, but it’s in Chinese only and the database is sometimes a bit unstable. The new list is announced on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology website:

      https://www.miit.gov.cn/index.html
      

      The current batch is available at:

      https://www.miit.gov.cn/datainfo/cpgg/art/2021/art_b022d6e9478e4bf0acdf79479217b810.html
      

      This list in 173 pages long, so have fun…
      You’ll see a alphanumeric code for each car. Passenger cars are xxx7000… to xxx7999…
      The similar 6000-range is for buses, but many MPVs and SUVs are registered as such.
      The fourth searchbox (the bottom right of the four search boxes) at the top of the page let’s you search for models. If you know a complete code, you can enter it (use caps for letters, its case sensitive). Alternatively you can enter for instance just 7000 and you get al cars with that number in the registration code. 7000-7009 are EVs. the 2nd/3rd number is the engine displacement, so 7150 is a car with a 1.5 litre engine.
      For instance, the Weltmeister above is SZS7000A01BEV.
      Again, it’s all in Chinese.

    • Hello Adam. I think you are referring to the catalogue made by my friend Erik at ChineseCars.net. He has retired and quit his catalogue. Perpahs CNC will start something similar in the future. Greetings! Tycho

      • Thank you for your reply. It always fascinating learning and observing the ever rapid growth of the automobile industry in China. I can’t wait for what’s to come with this new series of yours.

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