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A little Changli drives just fine for around $1,200

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Jason Torchinsky ordered what is probably cheapest electric car in the world at 930 dollars (1,200 dollars with battery) via the Chinese online dealer Alibaba. The litte car was shipped to the USA where he tested it.

Of course, there is not a lot of comfort at this price, but the Changli did better than expected. Although it is a little weak with less than a kilowatt of power and has a top speed of around 30 km/h, it drives and even has a working rearview camera, a radio and a heater on board.

Torchinsky writes: “It works. It’s a staggeringly cheap electric car you can buy from an online site that sells $10 smartwatches and it actually works and drives. It’s an incredible thing.”


about „A little Changli drives just fine for around $1,200“
11.06.2020 um 15:42
It looks very cartoonish. It seems like a neighborhood electric vehicle. It looks like it would fit in at a theme park. Is it legal to drive on US roads?
28.06.2020 um 00:37
It is legal wherever you can drive a Golf Cart.
19.06.2020 um 03:19
18.6 mph average, would you drive it on u.s. roads
13.08.2021 um 04:05
Where could I buy one of these.. I am disabled and this would be amazing for shopping at my local store..thx
19.06.2020 um 16:28
Is it legal on us roads. The writer should know this and mention this.
27.02.2021 um 05:23
Do u need a driver license
Alan Flash
17.07.2020 um 19:44
Does it come with a charging cable?
29.07.2020 um 15:43
Yeah, it came with a standard US spec charger, shown in their first video unboxing.
24.07.2020 um 22:41
Are they available in the US?
03.03.2021 um 22:05
Jermain Hawver
07.08.2020 um 19:19
Dose this need a licence?
Robb Staples
24.09.2020 um 15:32
It's totally legal on US roads, it tops out at 65mph I believe so could go on most freeways.
29.04.2022 um 00:06
NO IT'S TOTALLY NOT STREET LEGAL! It tops out at 25 mph, it's basically a fancy golf cart.
27.10.2020 um 03:42
65 mph ? The article says 30kmh, which is 18.6mph as noted above. My wife's 50cc scooter will do 38 on the flat, as in 2x what this thing will do. BUT, if I could put a 150cc engine in it, it would make a great around town ride.
14.10.2020 um 19:21
Just to add. I had a Honda Spree Scooter in the '80's It top 30-33 on flats and 40+ on downhill. 49cc
04.05.2021 um 02:59
Huvie Frischman
31.05.2021 um 20:42
What is the name of the charger I missed placed mine and want to purchase a new one
Moira Monaghan
28.08.2021 um 22:44
Are these vehicles legal in the UK and if so is a full UK licence needed to drive one?
Alan Edmunds
27.11.2021 um 01:51
After doing some fact checking to make sure that I am giving as correct an answer as possible, these vehicles are NOT street legal in the U.S. Several of the components such as the seat belts do not meet the legal requirements. From what I have found so far however, you might be able to swap out some parts and possibly make it street legal for places that a 25 mph ( my sources say it tops out at about 27 in favorable conditions ) vehicle can be driven. In some rural areas, you may be able to drive it on the road if you can squeeze it into the "implement of husbandry" clause that allows farmers to deliver produce to the farmers market with an otherwise non-street legal tractor, though I'm not certain what the conditions/requirements are for that.

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