Geely’s updated Panda Mini EV: bringing 200-km range at a low price

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Geely, the Chinese automaker, unveiled the Dragon Edition of its Panda Mini EV on March 1st. The overall appearance of this model remains largely unchanged from its predecessor that was introduced in 2022. However looking closer at its specs and price, we see that Geely made some significant improvents.

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The Geely Panda Mini Dragon Edition is an electric vehicle (EV) priced at 39,900 yuan (5,500 USD). It offers a range of 200 kilometers under the Chinese Light-duty Test Cycle (Chinese standardized test) and supports fast charging. This is the first time a 200-kilometer range electric car has been introduced in the 30,000-yuan price range. The previous version of this car had a higher-end version priced at 56,900 yuan (8,200 USD) and a 200km range. This pricing is indicative of the ongoing EV price war happening in China.

The Geely Panda Mini features a two-door, four-seater layout, incorporating black-and-white elements reminiscent of pandas. The design aims to cater to the preferences of the young market. It was originally planned to be launched under the Geometry brand, but the management changed plans and included the Panda Mini EV in the Geely lineup.

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The Geely Panda Mini has a boxy design and compact dimensions of 3065/1522/1600 mm, with a wheelbase of 2015 mm. Its small stature allows for agile and lightweight maneuvering in urban environments.

The front face of the Panda Mini features a narrow grille with decorative strips along the edges, complemented by round headlights. The car is equipped with aerodynamically designed wheels to reduce wind resistance. At the rear, the design adopts a minimalist approach with a polygonal tail light assembly and an embedded trapezoidal license plate area, adding depth.

The interior of the Geely Panda Mini showcases a relatively uncommon asymmetrical design. The central control area is closer to the passenger side, and the steering wheel has a dual-spoke design. The center console features a floating touchscreen. Due to its positioning and cost considerations, the dashboard and door panels mainly consist of hard materials.

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In terms of features, the Panda Mini comes equipped with hill-start assist, EPS electric power steering system, ABS anti-lock braking system, EBD brake force distribution system, driver’s side airbag, child safety seat interface, tire pressure monitoring, and other safety features.

Under the hood, the Panda Mini Dragon Edition is powered by a 30 kW rear-wheel-drive electric motor with a 17 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery. It offers a range of 200 kilometers under the CLTC test conditions and supports 22 kW fast charging. At a temperature of 25°C, it takes half an hour to charge from 30% to 80%, and a full charge can be achieved in just 68 minutes. The car also supports regular home charging, providing convenient charging options for users.

Source: Sohu

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