Here Are 5 All-New Electric Cars From Chinese Automakers


Changjiang e.Cool at the 2016 Auto China

Changjiang e.Cool at the 2016 Auto China – 200km range (124 miles) for ~100,000 yuan ($14,400 USD)

China surely has the largest market of electric cars in the world – almost 350,000 plug-ins sold through October (details). Partially due to the fact the government offers up to the equivalent of $13,000 to those purchasing emission free vehicles, as well as some strict emission regulations in major cities.

Sales of Plug-In Vehicles in China – through October 2016

Sales of Plug-In Vehicles in China – through October 2016

Most of China’s EVs come from local automakers, and most of the vehicles are only available within the country. Due to the surge, recent company ramp ups are contributing to longer range, increased power, and thus, growing consumer interest.

In China, “green” is not a standard color when it comes to EVs.

Tycho de Feijter, founder of CarNews China, notes that EVs are known as “blue” cars in the country, likely due to turning the smog colored sky back to its original blue. As you can see in the photos below, EVs boast blue trims and features and are also adorned with interesting EV stickers and icons.

Forbes recently followed China’s Guangzhou Auto Show, at which over 30 new energy vehicles (NEVs) premiered. From the premier, five unique vehicles were showcased.

Changan BenBen EV

The BenBen is one of the top-selling “mini” (subcompact) ICE cars in China. This December, the company will release an EV version. It will travel about 124 miles and cost 59,800 yuan ($8,650 USD).


Changan BenBen EV, Image Credit: Electromobile360

Dongfeng Jingyi S50 EV

In the compact car segment, Dongfeng Motors will produce an EV version of its popular Jingyi S50 sedan. It will be good for 155 miles, and priced at 120,000 yuan ($17,350 USD) . The Jingyi EV should be available in the beginning of 2017.


Dongfeng Jingyi S50 EV, Image Credit: CarNewsChina

Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GS4 EV

Guangzhou’s Trumchi GS4 is a top-selling small SUV. The company is hoping that the EV version will catch on as well. It will travel about 150 miles on a charge. The SUV should be available around the second quarter, at a price of 150,00 yaun ($21,690 USD).


Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi GS4 EV, Image Credit: Google Sites/Terra

JAC Sunray i6

Forbes notes that vans may be a popular EV option for China. They can be used by companies for freight or passengers. Carpooling is important in a country with so many vehicles on the road. Despite its large size (12 passengers!), the Sunray will travel about 100 miles. Price and release date were not disclosed, but it will be released sometime in 2017.

Late Model JAC Sunray, Image Credit:

Late Model JAC Sunray, Image Credit: ChinaAutoWeb

Jinbei JBC Qiyun EV

Vans are more popular in China than light trucks, however, with the range and horsepower increase, they are catching on. Note … these are not light trucks like the Honda Ridgeline or the Chevy Colorado, but rather small commercial trucks. The Qiyun EV can travel 124 miles and haul 6,600 pounds. It will go on sale next year for 100,000 yan ($14,450 USD).

Non-EV Version of a JBC Light Truck

Non-EV Version of a JBC Light Truck, Image Credit: ChinaCarForums

Keep in mind that although China offers such a large incentive for the purchase of NEVs, unfortunately, it would not make some of these vehicles free! The incentive program seems somewhat complicated, but basically it is based on battery size and vehicle cost. For instance, the government may offer up to $9,000 toward the purchase of a moderately-priced passenger vehicle, and as much as $80,000 has been awarded to companies purchasing much more expensive electric buses.

Source: Forbes

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It is amazing how similar these cars look to others on the road already. Hhhmmmm….

Bro, you know China is unique and never copy anything

Great article. I am surprised by the price points. Very inexpensive for decent range EVs.


Me too! Are incentives already included? A Dongfeng Jingyi S50 EV at 17k, would be the end to most EVs in the west, which tend to be twice as expensive.

I feel so sorry for Saudi and King Donald Trump.

Here is a nice combination. A Powerwall 2 for $6,500, and $2,500 worth of panels and a new BenBen EV all for under $20,000 you will get a car that runs for free for life, electricity for the house, AC (Samsung Inverter) fridge etc. for as long as the sun shines. But that is not the punch line.

Here it is. Next year a Powerwall 3 for $3,000 panels for $1,500 and a car $5,000. All under $10,000. Anyone who wants to bet on that?

China woke up only last year, but have done a lot since to limit climate havoc.

Meanwhile, American ICE car companies compete to NOT build decent EVs.

How many new, Tesla excluded, all electric models will hit the road soon?

I beleive GM and Ford are selling 100k + a month in China through there brands and JVs so they have to play the EV game there or they wont be allowed to sell cars…
Regardless of what Trump does EPA wise the US companies have to compete in China and the EU so they cant fall far behind…

If the American auto makers wait much longer to introduce their BEVs, the Chinese will eat their lunch on the World markets; and, maybe even on the U.S. market.

All the automakers think about here is lobbying Congress to stay with fossil fuels while the rest of the World passes us by.

What is a picture of Amsterdam doing in an article about Chinese carsales ?
And no , Amsterdam is not the capitol of Denmark.

That is potentially a bit confusing is it? Will swap it out for some Chinese obscurity…like the Changjiang e.Cool, (=

Maybe next time an article about the Amsterdam Electric initiative ?
Frontrunner in public city charging .

It does depict an example of one of the thousands of charging points in Amsterdam .
4000 at the end of next year . Up to 11 kW , mostly used by residents without a driveway ( 99% of the population in the capitol)

I really don’t think it will be long before we see things like the BenBen or S50 coming out of China and into the western world. Build quality, safety and all the other issues people kick around when talking about Chinese cars could be fixed for a few thousand dollars per car. If there was a $10k BenBen on sale in the US with a real world range of 100 miles it would be a game changer, even if it was ugly and had almost no features. It would be epic.

No disrespect, but I wouldn’t be comparing China’s quality to American quality, not after seeing how bad American quality is to European. Average American cars are like what we used to have in the 70s!

Western countries laugh at chinese tech and brands , the same they laughted about japanese in the 60″ an d from the koreans on the 80″.Who’s laughting about samsung , lg chem or panasonic now?

Let’s remember that when Japanese cars starting selling in the U.S. in the late ’70s and early ’80s, American auto manufacturing was at a low point in quality. That allowed the Japanese to rapidly steal a large market segment in just a few years. The Chinese will have a much tougher time competing with the much higher reliability and durability of American made cars today.

I think it’s inevitable that Chinese make cars will be sold in first-world countries, including the USA, and that will probably start happening within a few years. But if Chinese manufacturing doesn’t do something radical to deal with their very serious problems with quality control, including rampant counterfeiting of electronic parts, then they they are going to get an abysmal reputation in first-world countries for quality, and won’t be able to expand beyond the very cheapest market segment.

Build quality is one thing; quality control is another. Tesla Motors has great build quality, but their quality control has serious issues. The problem the Chinese have with this is far, far worse.

I don’t have a crystal ball but IMO I think that the Chinese EV’s are a lot closer than you think. Great Wall have been in Australia for a while now (2009) and there have been problems with the importer but their latest pick-ups look pretty good (well as far as I can tell, what the hell do I know about pick-ups). Check out the review: it is still no where near as good as the Japanese or American pickups on the market but at $25k (AUD) drive away it is about half the price (maybe a little more than that, but $40k is about right as a starting place for the EU, US and Japanese twin cabs). I could see what is happening here in the pickup space happening in the USA with EV’s and PHEV space. The established automakers in the USA may have sorted out their quality issues but they are still pushing outdated technology with anything even remotely “green” coming with a hefty price premium. Nissan might pull a rabbit out of a hat in January by dropping the price of the 30 kWh leaf but really if you want to drive electric you are… Read more »

All major manufacturers have joint venture with chinese car makers. They are gaining know how very fast and for free.
In 10 years from now, the market will look a lot different than today.
If we all think EVs are to expensive, wait untill the cheap chinese EVs will flood the market.

Yep. The Chinese EVs are the real competition and they *are* going to flood the market.

I hope Tesla can survive!

BYD and Warren Buffet (who owns between 8 and 10%) are going to be laughing all the way to the bank, especially when they get Samsung on board. This will become a global leader, that will kick some serious butt, at least in Asia, in the next decade.

No mention of performance? I read that some of these top out at 40 MPH. Ranges are questionable for such low price, unless they are rated at 25 MPH. In that case, SparkEV would be rated 140 miles range.

Second question is of safety. Mexico still sells Nissan Tsuru (Sentra with 10 year old design) for $8K, but the safety is lacking compared to US Versa of $11K. I doubt the Chinese EV have 10 air bags like SparkEV does.

Here’s an article discussing Tsuru vs Versa. Like many other left wing biased NPR articles with ax to grind, they conveniently leave out the prices.

BenBen tops out at 125 km/hr, you are probably right on the range.

Safety is less of a concern for people with less money, they are generally forced to buy cheaper cars and drive more carefully or walk.

please note, I don’t think the size of your budget should determine how safe your car should be but the sad fact is each of those 11 air bags cost money.

The cars need to be able to do over 100 km/h to be considered NEVs.
The range ratings are by standard cycle. But it’s optimistic in China, treat it like the European cycle.

So it should have about the same range as the Fit EV.

Pai Gow !!