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 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 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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