Dongfeng Aeolus E30 Enters Production – Claimed Range Of 100 Miles


Aeolus E30

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Aeolus E30

Aeolus E30

The Aeolus E30 from Chinese automaker Dongfeng has officially entered production.  This is Dongfeng’s first-ever mass produced electric vehicle.  The E30 was designed in China and will produced exclusively in China.

The Aeolus E30 (offered in long-wheelbase as the E30L) is a city electric vehicle with a top speed of only 50 miles per hour.  However, that reduced speed rating apparently allows the E30 to go up to 100 miles on a single charge (160 km listed by the manufacturer).

As Translogic Vehicles reports:

“Available in two or four-seater (L), the Aelous E30 is powered by a 25kW electric motor and a 18kWh lithium iron phosphate battery which can be fully charged in 8 hours or half an hour in fast charge!”

DC fast charging is optional.

Though in production now, there’s no official pricing information available yet.  Cheap…yes, but how cheap will it be?  And will it sell in volume?  We’ll find out soon enough.

Source: Technologic Vehicles

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*Chinese tastes”.

Marketing miles not EPA miles.

Good name: Marketing Miles. I remember when the i3 was going to have an “honest” 100 mile range. Right.

Running on coal-generated electricity with a safety rating of 1 star….

Clearly the L version is drawing on the BMW i3 window for design.

Yet if you were asked which region/country which gets the highest percentage of electricity from renewables out of China, the US and the EU you would most likely guess wrong.

China will install more solar in 2014 than USA’s total installed solar to date. China generates more electricity from renewable sources today than what its total energy needs were in 2003.

Chinese solar PV panel imports into US have a 25-30% tariff added because they produce kWh much cheaper than coal.

My first reaction was, “They went and made the i3 even uglier.”

Mine was, “They’ll shamelessly clone anything, badly!”

80% DOD on an 18 kWh pack is 14.4 kWh, allowing 144 Wh/mile. Not at all unreasonable for a 1500 pound car at 35-40 mph.

This is as much car as anybody needs, and more car than the world can actually support in the tens of millions. But we won’t acknowledge that until we have exhausted all our resources trying to maintain the American dream.

It’s basically the kind of car the Chinese seem to be begging for and are buying in large numbers, the kind of EVs that we think give discredit to the reputation of EVs. But they don’t care, they see what the need.

Agree, the specs are very similar to the electric SmartCar ED.

The Smart is 500 pounds too heavy, and has too high a top speed. Impact and fuel consumption go up speed and mass. SUV protection, and gadgets account for the extra weight. With vehicles over 2000 pounds requiring commercial license, and separated lanes, lightweight cars could be built cheap and safe.

The “Dongfeng e30” part of the branding can be confusing, as LEAF edition for China will be known as the “Dongfeng Venucia e30” vs. “Dongfeng Aeolus e30”.

Guessing “e” is electric and 30 must be a size class (perhaps 3.0 meter length, or weight class) … akin to B, C, D vehicle size classes in Europe. eg: e30 is like a “C Class” vs. r50, or d50 being like the “D Class”. (guessing “r” for regular gas and “d” for diesel, but coud mean hatchback vs. sedan?)

A “Dongfeng Venucia e30” looks different from a “Dongfeng Venucia r30” which has 1.2L gas engine.

Re: Dongfeng Venucia EVs, wondering if the VIWA concept (shown Apr 2013) will make it into production?