Kandi America announced its certification by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for meeting the state’s stringent emissions standards. With this approval in hand, Kandi is now preparing to launch deliveries of the K27 to California.
The company will launch on the California market with a small, affordable battery-electric vehicle, the K27. The timing was apparently chosen as the company believes that the USA is ready for large-scale electrification.
Johnny Tai, CEO of Kandi America, says: “This certification comes at a great time for Kandi America as the infrastructure put forth by state elected officials, including the Governor’s recent executive order banning sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars and trucks by 2035, requires new quality, affordable products to enter the market quickly.”
What makes the offer interesting is not the technical specifications of the small EV, but the price. This vehicle, at least while benefiting from special promotional pricing, as well as the state’s $2,000 incentive coupled with the $7,500 federal tax credit, will allow eligible buyers in California to drive off with the K27 for just $7,999.
The Kandi America CEO explains: “Our mission at Kandi is to make electric cars accessible which is why we started the Auto EVolution for All campaign.” He added, “With the rollout of the K27, Californians are able to quickly and easily join the electrification wave taking place across the state by purchasing a reliable, high-tech EV.”
Kandi has been producing electrified vehicles in China for some time, and was awarded funding to develop a new electric vehicle in 2016. It was only this year that the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer decided to expand to the USA. Whether the intention was to underbid the expensive electric SUVs popular with US American manufacturers, or simply time to expand to new markets is not clear, but there is certainly a big gap for smaller, energy effective cars as the customer base for electric cars expands.
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