A new electric car is coming to America, and the first place you'll be able to get it is in Dallas-Fort Worth. The company is Kandi Technologies, a Chinese electric car maker, which will launch its first two models in the U.S. in August.
Both models are compact vehicles, and both are hatchbacks:
- The Kandi 27 is a compact model that accommodates up to four passengers. It features a 17.69 kWh Lithium battery and a driving range up to 100 miles. It's $13,000 after federal tax credits ($19,999 without).
- The Kandi 23 is a larger vehicle, the size of a small SUV, with more trunk space. It features a 41.4 kWh Ternary Lithium battery and a driving range of more than 180 miles. It's $22,500 after federal tax credits ($30,000 without).
Sales will initially be focused in Dallas, because Kandi America is headquartered in Garland, where they bought a dealership to facilitate the launch.
The launch will take place at a virtual event on August 18. Customers can reserve their K27 or K23 with a fully-refundable $100 deposit. The cars will be available for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Kandi America CEO Johnny Tai says in a statement that Kandi's mission is to make electric cars accessible to all. "With these first two models, we are starting an Auto EVolution that will enable anyone, regardless of their financial status, to afford a reliable, high-tech EV," he says.
And Xiaoming Hu, Chairman of Kandi Technologies, says that other EVs have mainly served the high end of the market. That's definitely true of the Tesla, although the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt aren't all that expensive.
The virtual launch takes place on August 18 at 10 am. The release says that participants will engage in a "meaningful experience" hosted by a "surprise emcee," ooh who could it be, with a live drawing in which the winner gets a K23.
To be eligible for the giveaway, participants must register for the event at www.drivekandi.com before midnight on August 17.