Valeo Unveils Crazy Cheap Electric Car – Just $9,000


Valeo unveiled at CES an EV prototype running on a low-voltage (48V) system that is promised to be 20% more economical than existing high-voltage solutions.

The 48V all-electric tech demo was developed in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The prototype was developed in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, as China is the largest market for these low-speed vehicles.

Valeo’s prototype is a 2-seater with 100 km (62 miles) range and a 100 km/h (62 mph) top speed.

Pricing for this cars is expected to be around $9,000 (€7,500), which makes it an excellent city runabout.

One of factors that drive down it price is that it can be driven without some of the components and systems that a high-voltage setup is required to have for user safety purposes.

“This prototype marks something of a turning point for Valeo, because it is the first ever vehicle powered entirely (except for the battery) by Valeo systems. While Valeo had previously designed all the components needed for powertrain and drivetrain operation, it had never before designed the engine itself. So this car is actually Valeo-powered, a development that opens up a whole new area of business and some bright new prospects.”

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28 responses to "Valeo Unveils Crazy Cheap Electric Car – Just $9,000"
  1. Artyom says:

    This is Zhidou D2 from China.

    1. Artyom says:

      But new Zhidou D3 mach better and cheaper.

    2. jimjfox says:

      Why do you say that?
      “Valeo had previously designed all the components needed for powertrain and drivetrain operation, it had never before designed the engine itself. So this car is actually Valeo-powered”.

      Does that not entitle Valeo to claim ownership?

      1. jimjfox says:

        DOES- typo.
        Is the price inclusive of incentives/rebates? The hideous Zhidou gets almost 50% support from Gov’t.

  2. Someone out there says:

    It’s not much of a car either, I’d rather buy a used LEAF

    1. Assaf says:

      It’s for the Chinese market, where used Leafs (a.k.a. Venucia 30’s) are very rare. Although I’m sure other affordable used BEVs are popping up there.

      Anyway, for China and other less-wealthy markets, this can be a pretty good catch.

      And the 2-seater Zhidou D2 mentioned above costs about twice as much.

    2. jimjfox says:

      It’s an excellent car, if all you need is a motorised shopping trolley.

      1. jumpjack2 says:

        The “high-end” version of the original Zhidou, the ZD D2S, has 15 kW continuous and 30 kW peak power, powered by 144V/150Ah battery, vs. 670 kg weight; this means a power/weight ratio of 44W/kg, which allows going from 0 to 50km/h in 5 or 6 seconds. (My Ford Fiesta TDCi 1.4 diesel has just 33W/kg.
        D2S also has both Electric Powered Steering and Breaking and great suspensions (tried by myself),
        It only has an impossible price….

  3. KenZ says:

    Yeah but for a Chinese city car, not bad. That said, I fail to see how the less expensive power electronics, electric motor, and voltage/electrical safety systems account for a 1/2 to 2/3 drop in price. Methinks as a city car its also forgoing a LOT of other safety and comfort systems.

    I’m still a fan though.

    1. Ambulator says:

      I’m wondering if they are using lead acid batteries.

      1. jimjfox says:

        REALLY? 48V from how many L-A batteries, in a car that small? Highly unlikely.
        BTW, 100 kph is NOT ‘low speed’ for a small city car.
        48V motor is a great idea, I reckon. Fit for purpose.

  4. Texas FFE says:

    There is a real need for lower priced EV but even lower priced EVs need fast charging capabilities, maybe even more than more expensive EVs. People that would buy lower priced EVs would tend to be younger people. Younger people tend to live a more transient existence and have more need to move their whole life long distances.

    1. Assaf says:

      In China they are more likely to move those long distances by train or flight… I have a feeling that the All-American experience of throwing your entire life’s baggage in the back of a car and driving cross-country, is less relevant there.

  5. John says:

    I’ll bet they have it available in “3-5 years from now..”

  6. John Doe says:

    Would probably sell well in Norway too due to the price.
    Students, and so on.
    Or just a cheap “car” to and from work.

    1. Mister G says:

      Why would any norwegian buy this golf cart when they can afford Teslas. Norway has a $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund because they socialized their oil profits LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

      1. menorman says:

        The fund doesn’t grow very well by being spent flagrantly.

        1. Paul K says:

          Are you clueless or what? The fund is now worth over a trillion $$$. They have invested around the world and only spend the profits the fund generates and not the capital itself. Just gets your underwear in a knot that a “socialist” country knows how to manage money doesn’t it.

  7. Peeter says:

    Urban cars.
    There will be a lot more cars for driving to work or / and to the supermarket soon and at a lower cost to buy then a ICE car and that are almost free to drive.

    This is a good start.

  8. Mario G says:

    I don’t understand when they say this car is entirely Valeo. The whole design is from a chinese electric car. I know it because they use it in a free floating car sharing company in Italy.
    Check this out:

    1. Sch says:

      They mean the drive train. And Bosch did the same, they are limited to 48V and 100A so they use 4 motors to get 20kw of power. Good enough for this city micro car. Fast charging can be a problem and be expensive.

  9. Mister G says:


    1. Bill Howland says:

      Maybe you can get it with Linux instead.

    2. jimjfox says:

      You also need to find the CAPS LOCK key…

  10. Paul GOVAN says:

    Bizarre how no-one – including the InsideEVs author – mentions the Smart-like $5300-$8000 GM Baojun E100 that went on sale in July 2017.

    (in China only obviously/scandalously).

    The E100 made international auto headlines – amnesia or deliberate omission here & now – or what ?
    Paul G(EVUK)

    1. jm says:

      InsideEVs did an article. 2 Aug 17 by Stephen Loveday

  11. Terawatt says:

    After $7,500 in federal rebate plus $2,500 in state rebate for CA, it’s good value.

  12. jumpjack2 says:

    is this a new chapter of long Zotye/Zhidou/Geely story?

    Why don’t they name Zhidou at all?
    Doesn’t reducing voltage INCREASE costs due to high-current components?
    Why is Bosch limited to 48V?
    Anyway one motor per wheel is not a viable solution, it’s too unsafe. One motor per axle is the maximum allowable for safety.

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