Ford, following Tesla, confirmed its intention to launch an electric pickup in a couple of years. But the Chinese company Kaiyun Motors, which dreams of entering the American market, is not afraid of such competition. Its indisputable advantage is price.
Kaiyun Motors is set to begin shipping to the States this year. Up to this point, for four years, they analyzed the needs of consumers and created an affordable car that would satisfy them, said company founder Wang Chao in an interview with Detroit News.
The target group of Chinese are thrifty Americans who do not need a large Ford F-150 pickup for everyday commuting. These can be farm owners, small suppliers and other residents of the suburbs.
Inside the pickup is a modest 5.5 hp electric motor, allowing the car to accelerate to 45 km/h. True, the battery lasts only 120 km, which can scare away potential buyers. In addition, a startup has yet to convince Americans of the safety and reliability of their brand, which wants to break into a market dominated by manufacturers from the United States and Japan for decades.
In China, Pickman costs only $2,470, less than the two iPhones of the latest model. In the USA and Europe, stronger versions with a larger body will be sold, so the price is higher – $5,000 and $5,700, respectively.
Still, Americans are to reliable and powerful machines. A startup from New York Bollinger Motors understands this well. In the fall, he introduced the B2 electric car, angular, like a Land Rover Defender, with a 120 kWh battery.
The startup based in New York promises to electrify off-road vehicles and working pickup trucks – the dirtiest and power-intensive type of passenger transport. Angular electric B1 liked the public, B2 should be a more productive continuation of the series.
The startup based in New York promises to electrify off-road vehicles and working pickup trucks – the dirtiest and power-intensive type of passenger transport. Angular electric B1 impressed the public, B2 should be a more productive continuation of the series.