GM Should Bring Baojun E100 Cheapest EV To USA and Sell For $5,000
2017 Baojun e100 is a small electric car, but it has an impressive range for its price. It goes 96 miles per charge, according to General Motors.
This is the cheapest electric car in the world so far. The price of the 2017 Baojun e100 is actually $14,000 before the incentives. But apparently China has great incentives for electric cars because it will be sold to the public at a price of $5,300 after the incentives.
Baojun e100 looks like Smart. But in this case its visual similarity to Smart is much less important than the price, which automotive reporters have already called the chepaest electric car in the world so far. While the car is small, it can comfortably accommodate two adults.
GM started selling e100 two days ago through its SAIG-GM-Wuling partner. However, in July the company had limited pre-sales (I guess like Tesla Model 3 reservations), in Liuzhou, Guangxi. According to GM's release "more than 5,000 people registered for the first 200 vehicles." As of yesterday GM made another 500 cars available for sale and I should note that GM is moving more aggressively than Telsa with Model 3. This is my personal opinion.
Some Specs of Baojun e100 EV
The 2017 Baojun e100 is a very good and inexpensive choice for the Chinese urban commuters. For the above-mentioned price it has Wi-Fi, 7-inch screen, infotainment system and a keyless entry. GM says the lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged in 7.5 hours and its capable of capturing energy through a regenerative braking system.
96 miles per range is very impressive. Even if GM sold it here in the United States of its original cost of 14,000 dollars (that's the price in China before the government incentives) it's really worth it. I mean the current Nissan Leaf only gets 107 miles per charge and costs $30,000. And the 2018 Nissan Leaf is expected to have only 150 miles per range, which has already disappointed some Leaf enthusiasts.
Why don't GM executives market these cars with these prices in the United States?
I understand that cars like Baojun e100 if brought to US need to pass safety regulations and crash tests, but I think they are not too different from the Chinese safety regulations. Even if the US safety regulations and standards are stricter perhaps with some improvements that understandably would add to Baojun e100's price it could still pass the US standards and be marketed here in the USA. That would give GM a chance to fully revolutionize the US electric car market. I am sure GM understands this too. They either have a plan or the cost of production may be too high in the United States, which will add to the cost of meeting the safety standards in USA. But this is a huge big step as China is the largest auto market in the world. Before too long we should see prices coming down in the United States too.