Zotye Electric SUV is launching in U.S. by end of 2011

The Zotye electric SUV, manufactured by China-based Zotye Holding Group, is touted as having a range of up to 250 150 miles, can supposedly hit highway-capable speeds and is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and – get ready for this – its lithium-ion battery pack is warranted for 185,000 miles.

Zotye says that the electric SUV will sticker for a mere $29,995 when it hits U.S. turf. When is that? Well, it's before the end of 2011, according to Green Automotive Company (GAC), the sole U.S. distributor of Zotye vehicles. GAC has enlisted Roush Industries to begin the process of testing and confirming that the Zotye meets or exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. According to GAC, engineers from Roush have, "finished four days of initial inspections, performing an engineering review of the All-Electric SUV."

Fred Luke, president of GAC, says that the company intends to "stay on track toward meeting our goal of launching retail sales of the All-Electric SUV in the U.S. through a network of selected dealerships by the end of this year." For a vehicle that was supposed to launch back in 2008, we'll believe this when we see it