Jonway Auto to Launch 3 Electric Vehicles in 2013, Including Two Versions of Electric Minivan
Jonway Auto (Yes, Zap is involved here) says it’ll launch 4 electric vehicles in China before the end of 2013.
On that list are the 5-Star MiniVan EV-L, 5-Star MiniVan EV-LA, 5-Door E-Falcon SUV and the 3-Door E380 SUV.
That’s quite the lineup of electric vehicles, if you ask us.
According to Jonway, the 5-Star MiniVan will be first up. The 5-Star Minivan EV-L (Lithium) has a range of 88 miles and a peak hp rating of 148. A battery swap version of the Minivan-L is in the works.
The 5-Star Minivan-LA (Lead Acid) is the lead acid version. Its price is estimated at $12,000 US. Range for this version is listed at 50 miles and its peak hp rating is, well, way less than the lithium-ion version.
The E-380SUV, as well as the E-Falcon SUV, are offered in two versions, too (lithium-ion and lead-acid). Why this lead-acid option? The answer is cost. Zap says the lead-acid versions sacrifice performance and range, but barely put a dent in the pocketbook.
And in China, where prices of electric vehicles seem to be astronomically high, these lead-acid models are expected to sell well simply because they’re nearly as cheap as the gas-fueled competition.