If you’ve been dreaming of an electric car, but can’t yet afford to buy a Tesla, you can start low. Really low. Changli is the world’s cheapest electric car, it cost $930 ($1,200 with larger batteries), it can be ordered online and delivered to your door.
Designed and produced by Chinese manufacturer Changzhou Xili Car Industry, Changli, or “Changli ” is a tiny electric vehicle that has been getting a lot of attention online after being promoted as “the world’s most affordable electric car”.
Calling this thing a car is probably a euphemism, as it’s electric motor can only produce the equivalent of 1.16 horse power, and it has a top speed of 30 km/h. However, it does come with some interesting features, like air-conditioning, independent suspension, heater, radio and even reverse-view camera, even if its most impressive thing is that you can have it delivered directly to your doorstep.
In fact, the only way to buy the world’s cheapest car is to order it on Chinese marketplace Alibaba and have it shipped…
In details, Changli measures 2.5 meters long, 1.50 meters wide, and 1.80 meters high, weighs 323 kilograms and can carry up to 300 kilograms. The two-seat version starts at $930 ($1,200 with larger batteries), but you can opt for a three-seat version as well, which will cost $1,500.
As already said, the tiny vehicle reaches a maximum speed of 30 km/h, battery autonomy is between 40 and 100 kilometers per charge and the batteries, 800 W, 1,000 W, or 1,200 W, take between 7 and 10 hours to charge.
Apparently, the car shows its limitation, especially when going uphill, but all in all, it performs pretty well, considering it costs less than $1,000, about half the cost of a golf cart.
Despite the Changli can’t compete with a Tesla, it’s an impressive piece of engineering for the price. Where else are you going to find a functional electric cars with acceptable features, and that you can have delivered to your door?
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