Knock Off BMW i3 Is Hideous
Chinese automaker Qingzhou Da Jinma Motorcycle Corporation has unveiled the Jinma KWM2200 at the Shandong EV Expo – and judging by the first photos, it’s a hideous knock off of BMW’s i3 electric vehicle. The low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) has a front-end that resembles the i3, starting with a chrome kidney grille, similar position of the badge on the hood, the headlights, foglights and the lower bottom of the bumper.
In the back, the knock off is less visible, yet the taillights and bumper are also a replica of the i3.
The interior design was a bit harder to replicate, so the Jinma KWM2200 sticks to cheap parts that make for a low-budget cabin. The car is is 3000mm long, 1400mm wide and 1540mm tall, with a 1930mm wheelbase and seating for four people.
The 3 kW electric motor works together with an old-generation lead-acid battery. A lithium-ion battery pack is planned in the future.
Top speed for the car is set at 50 km/h (31 mph) with an optimistic driving range of 120 km (75 miles). A full recharge takes seven hours from a regular household outlet.
The Jinma KWM2200 has a starting price of 24,998 yuan (around $4,020).
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