Chinese EV-maker copies iconic BMW bubble car
China’s crazy low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) market is famous for its many copy-cat cars. A brand new example is the Eagle EG6330K, inspired by the BMW Isetta microcar.
You might think that this is a flatbed truck loaded with second-generation Smart cars that somehow ended up in China. You are wrong. This indeed is a flatbed truck loaded with Jijie Tule cars, clones of the Smart. There are 14 cars on the truck and at least three are of the special Hello Kitty Edition, with a partially pink roof.
This wondrous white little wonder is the Luxing iStar, a new LSEV that I met it on the the 2017 Jinan EV Show. It is obviously not a Mercedes-Benz because the three-pointed star points down instead of up. But the grille and bumper do look very familiar…
This little red firecracker is the Byvin Xiaozhuangyuan, a new LSEV seen on the 2017 Jinan EV Show. It comes with a stumpy nose that has a grille with the lights above it. The bonnet is short with an enormous windscreen with ab even more enormous wiper.
Here we have another brilliant feat of Chinese automotive engineering, as seen on the on the 2017 Jinan EV Show. This little blue beauty is the Zhongguo Lingshi Xiaoyuan, a new low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV). The front wheels double-function as the front bumper, saving money. It has no doors on the right side, saving even more money. To defend this brilliance the booth was shaped like a fortress, with guns and canons, and staff in camouflage overalls.
This is my new ultimate dream car from China. She is called the Ruijie H6, and I met her on the 2017 Jinan EV Show. She is a four-door double-cab five-seat tricycle LSEV pickup truck, and she looks brilliant: a Ferrari-red over-black paint job, black wheels with a red nut, a shiny bull bar, a shiny grille, red lint on the big black mirrors, a giant windshield wiper, a giant windshield, ….
There is a new breed of LSEVs in China: large(r) limousine-like vehicles with extra space for the passengers in the rear. Some are made especially for the taxi market and some are focused on the private market, like this great example here; the Jingcai Feiduo Chang. It comes with a shiny grille, hige windows, a long wheelbase, a roof rack, and a white bonnet.
Earlier this year we reported about the T-King Oujia, a new LSEV from China with a Volvo grille. On the fantastic 2017 Jinan EV Show we saw it in the flesh for the first time, looking very speedy in red. It didn’t disappoint; lights and grille looked very neat, a few Volvo badges is all it really need.