PHOTO CAPTION: Shandong Tangjun Electric Co low-speed electric car.

Low-Speed Electric Car Sales Taking Off in China

The annual sales of low-speed electric vehicles in China hit 200,000 in 2013, climbing from less than 20,000 in 2009.

Published: 28-Jan-2014

While the Chinese market for new energy vehicles is still developing slowly, low-speed electric cars, which are usually used for short-range driving in small cities and the rural-urban fringe, have enjoyed a rapid growth in China in recent years.

The annual sales of low-speed electric vehicles hit 200,000 in 2013, rising from less than 20,000 in 2009, said Pang Yicheng, chief executive officer of, a platform offering information and trading services for new energy vehicles.

Mainly priced at about 30,000 yuan ($4,960). low-speed electric vehicles have a strong market demand, although most of them are manufactured by private carmakers without a government license to produce new-energy vehicles. Therefore, the Chinese government has not yet recognized such vehicles as new-energy cars.


Huaihai Zongshen K2 electric microEV.

In 2013, China produced 4.72 million three-wheeled electric vehicles and 302,000 low-speed micro electric vehicles


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