Sustainable mobility and care for the environment are increasingly present trends in the dense and populated urban agglomerates. Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce platform, found how to get on the wave through a novel electric car that ranks as the cheapest on the market.
The holding company founded by Jack Ma launched Chang Li, a small two-seater vehicle, to make the most of new mobility demands. With the focus on “meeting the most basic transportation needs,” the car has a capacity for only two passengers, can carry up to 300 kg and is 2.5 meters long and 1.8 meters high. The manufacturer will be Changzhou Xili Vehicle Co., Ltd, with more than 20 years of experience in the market.
The price of the small car depends on the model, but it starts from a base sum of about $ 922. In addition, the company offers the three- and four-seat version for $ 1482 and $ 1,537, respectively.
Although it does not exceed 35 km / h, Chang Li also comes with an engine of different powers. The standard version has 1.1 horsepower (0.81 KW), the second is 1.3 horsepower (1 KW) and the most powerful engine will be 1.5 horsepower (1.2 KW). The charging time varies, approximately, between six and eight hours, while the autonomy ranges over a long distance between 40 and 100 kilometers.
Lastly, it features elements like independent suspension and drum brakes in a product that looks more like a life-size toy or advertising car than a true functional vehicle.