ยฃ3200 EV outselling Tesla Model 3 in China by 2:1

ยฃ3200 EV outselling Tesla Model 3 in China by 2:1

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bigothunter

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907 posts

24 months

Thursday 25th February
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Could these budget EV mini cars catch on here (if they conform to EU regs)?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56178802

https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-3-saic...

raspy

459 posts

58 months

Thursday 25th February
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bigothunter said:
Could these budget EV mini cars catch on here (if they conform to EU regs)?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56178802

https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-3-saic...
Doubt it. Too much badge snobbery and prejudice against cars made in china.

Scrump

13,103 posts

122 months

Thursday 25th February
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Similar in concept to the Citroen Ami which costs €6000. A ‘cheap’ electric vehicle for limited range, urban speed commuting.

300bhp/ton

39,671 posts

154 months

Thursday 25th February
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bigothunter said:
Could these budget EV mini cars catch on here (if they conform to EU regs)?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56178802

https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-3-saic...
Is this News??

High volume low margin car outsells lower volume higher margin car -- --- real shocker that one rolleyes


bigothunter

Original Poster:

907 posts

24 months

Thursday 25th February
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300bhp/ton said:
Is this News??

High volume low margin car outsells lower volume higher margin car -- --- real shocker that one rolleyes
Thanks for your contribution whistle

Chainsaw Rebuild

1,355 posts

66 months

Thursday 25th February
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Something like that would be excellent for short commutes, the school run, popping to the shops etc!

I quite fancy one of those side by side agricultural vehicles, like the Gator, for knocking about it in...

carreauchompeur

16,543 posts

168 months

Thursday 25th February
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Unfortunately they’d probably fall foul of safety regs. But there is definitely a place in the market for a cheap low range EV

aestetix1

693 posts

15 months

Friday 26th February
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Probably not because Chinese consumers are generally upgrading to these, either from nothing or from old fossil cars. British consumers will panic about range and badge snobbery. So the Chinese see them as a great improvement to their lives, the British will see them as a poverty spec embarrassment that will leave them stranded.

I've also noticed that British people are terrible at estimating distances, typically thinking things are 2x further away than they really are, so shorter range EVs are difficult for them to understand.

Chainsaw Rebuild

1,355 posts

66 months

Friday 26th February
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That's a good point that about range anxiety; a have a couple of friend who get in a flap about it and don't realise how far 100 miles is, relative to their 10 mile commute, the supermarket that is 5 miles away etc.

jay2000

75 posts

65 months

Friday 26th February
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It will be really fun in holiday destinations like spain, portugal, carribean. Cheap to rent for short distance potting around.

bigothunter

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907 posts

24 months

Friday 26th February
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Chainsaw Rebuild said:
That's a good point that about range anxiety; a have a couple of friend who get in a flap about it and don't realise how far 100 miles is, relative to their 10 mile commute, the supermarket that is 5 miles away etc.
I drive a 3500kg van on occasions, Covid permitting. Regular day is 500 miles but it can go over 600. When GPS shows less than 100 miles to home, I know that I am almost there biggrin

bigothunter

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907 posts

24 months

Friday 26th February
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jay2000 said:
It will be really fun in holiday destinations like spain, portugal, carribean. Cheap to rent for short distance potting around.
Then return home and buy one as a replacement for your expensive and inconvenient second car? scratchchin

kambites

61,035 posts

185 months

Friday 26th February
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Hmm, a 110 mile NEDC range probably mean ~50 mile real-world for the longer range version. If they could sell it here for less than about £5k it'd probably find a market but I suspect it would end up being closer to £10k which would make it a very hard sell. That's assuming it can pass European type approval, of course.

It'd certainly be more than adequate if I wanted a simple, cheap commuter car.

Evanivitch

8,798 posts

86 months

Friday 26th February
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raspy said:
Doubt it. Too much badge snobbery and prejudice against cars made in china.
MG ZS sells like hot cakes. China made Tesla Model 3 are being delivered to UK. Most owners won't even realise it.

Type R Tom

3,071 posts

113 months

Friday 26th February
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Whilst I think it's a good idea for a cheap local journey car to be electric, it does little to solve the congestion issues in our town and cities. Many of these short journeys should convert to other methods.

Unless of course, we are happy to have congestion just without poor air quality.

hyphen

19,561 posts

54 months

Friday 26th February
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bigothunter said:
Could these budget EV mini cars catch on here (if they conform to EU regs)?
How much would they cost after conforming to EU Regs?

ChocolateFrog

11,876 posts

137 months

Friday 26th February
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bigothunter said:
300bhp/ton said:
Is this News??

High volume low margin car outsells lower volume higher margin car -- --- real shocker that one rolleyes
Thanks for your contribution whistle
It's no more than the cringeworthy clickbait title deserves.

Mikee19

168 posts

60 months

Friday 26th February
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Similar idea to the Japanese Kei car, won't catch on due to safety. I imagine the chances of being squashed by a SUV are much higher these day too.

bigothunter

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907 posts

24 months

Friday 26th February
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ChocolateFrog said:
It's no more than the cringeworthy clickbait title deserves.
Still got your attention hehe

kambites

61,035 posts

185 months

Friday 26th February
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Type R Tom said:
Unless of course, we are happy to have congestion just without poor air quality.
I suppose at least congestion without the poor air quality only really hurts the people who are contributing to the congestion rather than everyone around them as well.