A new electric car arrives in a European market, it is called the Green Luis 4U. It is a compact length of 3.97 m, with a look all the way, slightly raised to allow it to accommodate a battery pack comfortably in the floor. The Luis 4U Green has an engine power of 27 kW (37 hp) with torque of 220 Nm appreciable It can reach 120 km / h, and its batteries are lithium-iron-phosphate ((LiFePO4). The package has been properly sized, since the stated capacity of 32 kWh, according to the manufacturer what travel more than 200 km between charges.
The equipment is rather luxurious, it includes a dressing for leather seats, ABS and an electronic control system of the trajectory, air conditioning, navigation system and Bluetooth phone. But behind the badges Luis, and this unique electric drive, we have a sense of deja vu watching this car. The Luis, car available in Germany, is actually built in China, and it is a Zotye. Zotye is a Chinese carmaker. He sold this car in China with a 4-cylinder petrol engine under the name of Nomad. Or almost, since the car has been very substantially modified to accommodate an electric motor.
Here are the cons listed Zotye Nomad sold in China with former Mitsubishi engine (1300 and 1500). But if we go further, and we need it, we discover that it is actually an old Daihatsu: Terios of 1997 (below). The Chinese are very good at recycling ... This does not change the electric motor, which is modern, but the chassis has 13 years, and it was not designed from the ground to accommodate an electric motor ... They retort that the Tesla Roadster is not better, with a Lotus chassis 1995, but it will not be compared with the Luis Leaf Nissan, a car full of new design.
And supporters of electric mobility that we ask: does it yield to the charm of an older generation car? The Daihatsu Terios 1997 model was already fantastic in 1997, it will not make a miracle in 2010. We could only give them a price gun, this is unfortunately not the case. The Luis power is available on the German market and costs 49,990 euros. The price obviously includes batteries and a charger for quick plug into a 380V outlet There have in France a bonus of 5,000 euros if it was decided to import the car in France. But ... The ecological reasons sorely tested when the little electric Chinese at the price of gasoline beautiful BMW. We expect better than that from Chinese manufacturers.