Apr 20, 2020 - 01:56 pm

Maple 30x is a new low-cost EV from China

A new electric car brand launched in China named Maple. Maple is a joint venture between Geely and Kandi’s Fengsheng Automotive Technology Group. The brand’s first model, the Maple 30x, is to be launched at prices of less than 9,000 euros.

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The 30x is a compact SUV with a 70 kW engine that is offered at prices starting at 68,800 yuan after subsidies (the equivalent of around 8,952 euros) – the premium package costs 79,800 yuan (10,380 euros). However, it remains to be seen how much subsidy Maple has currently included in its price range: The current maximum rate of 25,000 yuan (around 3,300 euros) is only available to e-cars with a range of 400 kilometres and more – the 30x comes to 306 kilometres. In addition, it has not yet been decided at what rates the central government will continue to subsidise the NEV. Either way, the Maple 30x is one of the price breakers on the market.

As usual in the price segment, the list of options is quite short: five colours and a total of four equipment packages are available. However, the standard package includes a “trendy two-tone exterior design with a contrasting black roof” and an integrated infotainment system.

According to Chinese media reports, the first copies in series quality were produced as early as January. The vehicles are currently being distributed by the sales company to the dealers – which suggests that the first deliveries are likely to be made soon.

Volvo’s parent company Geely holds 78 per cent of Fengsheng Automotive Technology Group, the remaining 22 per cent is owned by Zhejiang Kandi Vehicle. The business purpose is officially stated as research and development of electric vehicles and car parts, car leasing services, sales of car parts and relevant after-sales services.

Maple’s second model, an all-electric MPV (i.e. a van), is scheduled to follow in the third quarter, but details of the vehicle are not yet available. According to a product launch plan, a mid-size SUV, a mini hatchback and an “ultra-mini hatchback” are planned for 2021. By 2025, other models of various sizes are to be successively introduced to the market, and Maple wants to serve many segments from the smallest car to the large SUV. The Chinese manufacturer also announced an electric pickup and an electric roadster.

Update 12 August 2020: In the meantime it was announced that the previously unnamed Maple van is to be called 80V. The 80V will also feature replaceable batteries. However, the new report does not contain further information about the announced electric van regarding the exchangeable batteries, the drive system, the bodywork or the prices.

In July, Xin Guobin, vice minister of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), is said to have announced that MIIT will continue to vigorously pursue the construction of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles and replacing batteries. The Vice Minister explicitly encouraged companies to develop and test vehicles with replaceable batteries. In cities such as Beijing and Hainan, the ministry supported corresponding test projects.

gasgoo.com, globenewswire.com, gasgoo.com (update)


12 Kommentare zu “Maple 30x is a new low-cost EV from China

  1. Tom Brooks

    Long awaited, AWESOME news!


  2. Shashi Surpali

    It sounds like a good product. Do you have plan to launch in India ? If so, let me know. I want be a first owner of this car in India.

    Shashi Surpali

  3. Chester Snyder

    How do I purchase and take delivery on a new Maple.

  4. Rama

    This very much looks like a TATA Nexon. A bit too much, if you you catch my drift. Shameless.

  5. Jeff Miller

    Very interested. However, if and when would it
    be launched in the Uk? Right hand drive?

  6. derek menard

    i want to buy but im in canada. can you import it there?

  7. Bob

    The Maple 30x if based on a prior Geely design in their discontinued Gleagle range.
    Have you considered that Tata may have copied the discontinued Gleagle model.

  8. Usmani

    This is very reasonable car if it is going to be available in the UK all private hire taxi drivers will buy them it will sell in first go millions with this price let me know when available in the UK

  9. Quamera

    Wow, at that price if it has reasonable quality and durability it will sell all around the world as fast as they can make them. Maybe even an entry level Polestar if Volvo/Geely really wanted to stir up the European market where it could become the next Beetle or Mini.

    Of course Elon won’t let Maple have all the front running so who is taking bets on a Model 2 from Giga Shanghai soon. So that would be S3XYR2C (but I can’t fit the Semi in!!)

  10. Quamera

    Hey Rustem, although this electrive website uses English it seems to be based in Germany reporting on EV news around the globe. If you seriously want a reply to your query I suggest you search for the manufacturers website in China. Good luck from Australia.

    • Nora Manthey

      Hi, yes indeed, we are an industry service for e-mobility in Europe and beyond and do not trade or manufacture. Our head office is in Germany with some of our editors based in London and Paris for example. We hope you continue to enjoy reading our news and good luck with your search!

  11. Tina landis

    How do I purchase in Uk and take delivery ?? ASAP please

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