The Geely Panda, a tiny Chinese gas-powered car with a 1.3 liter engine that gets 48 mpg, is going to have an electric version available sometime this year. The electric Panda will have an LC-E lithium-ion battery, 340V charge system, max. speed of 40 mph, and a range of 50 miles.
The gas version costs between 5,000 and 10,000 US dollars, and the electric version will be slightly more. The front of the car is designed to resemble a giant panda.
“New energy vehicles are the future of the automobile industry; nobody can ignore the future. However, the traditional turbo engine is the ‘present’. If we lose the ‘present’, how can we move to the future?” said Zhao Fuquan, vice-president of Geely. Geely is Zhejiang-based, and is privately owned.
Reportedly 1,000 gas Pandas are being purchased every day. The outlook for the electric version should be bright. Geely also plans to produce a number of hybrid vehicles. It is the largest privately owned car maker in China.
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