“Some people are never satisfied,” said a friend of mine. People are clamoring for electric cars that cost less, but when manufacturers come up with them, those same people complain that they’re too small, can’t drive far enough on a single charge, or don’t have interior touchscreens. gigantic like the one available in the Mercedes EQS.
These people conveniently forget that there are a lot of car buyers who don’t tow an RV, regularly take cross-country trips, or move home appliances from place to place. every weekend. They just want a car that will allow them to work on time, take the kids to football training and maybe cross the river and woods to Grandma’s house once a year. .
They also conveniently forget that entry-level cars like the Hyundai Excel, Yugo, Daewoo Lanos, and Fiat 127 actually sold quite well to people who wanted basic transportation instead of a status symbol. which celebrates the joy of living an enchanted life.
The cheapest electric car in Europe (excluding quadracycles like the Renault Twizy) may currently be the Dacia Spring, which sells for just under $ 23,000 before incentives. The 3.7-meter-long small SUV has a 26.8 kWh battery, a range of 225 km WLTP and can accommodate 4 people. Keep these specs in mind as we tell you about the new Geely Geometry EX3.
Meet the EX3 geometry
Geely is hardly a household name outside of China, but the company likes to fly a bit under the radar. It owns Volvo Cars, Polestar, Lynk & Co and the London Taxi Cab Company. In China, its national brand is called Geometry. This week he presented the EX3, a 4-meter-long electric SUV with a 37.2 kWh battery, a range of 322 km NEDC and room for 5.
The big news, however, is the price. In the basic version, it sells for 59,700 RMB. Listen, folks: this equates to € 7,900 or $ 9,200, which is less than half the price of the Dacia Spring. But is it a real car? Yes, Virginie, that’s it. It comes with a 70 kW motor with 180 Nm of torque. It also features regenerative braking, a liquid-cooled battery, a digital instrument display, a mid-size touchscreen, and high-strength steel beams in the front and rear. ‘back.
Sophisticated readers may notice a certain resemblance between the Geometry EX3 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge. This should come as no surprise, given that both cars are from companies owned by Geely.
Is that right? A decent 5-passenger electric SUV at a great price? Yes and no. The low price of a well-equipped modern electric car is great news for EV fans. But here’s the part that should be causing heartburn in automotive boardrooms around the world. Geely says he plans to export the car and other Geometry models “in due course”.
It’ll really put the fox among the chickens, huh? What will the anti-EV crowd complain about when perfectly good electric cars start selling for under $ 10,000? For those who say that no one cares about these entry-level cars, we have one thing to mention: the Hyundai Excel – a bare-bones car that lit the fuse of Hyundai’s rise to the highest level of manufacturers. automobiles. The Geometry is a much better car, which means the results could be even more spectacular.
Chinese automakers have just started marketing their cars in overseas markets, but anyone who knows what happened when Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Kia turned to sales in the United States and Europe will know that the history could easily repeat itself. 10 years ago, people laughed at cars made in China that folded like accordions in crash tests. They don’t laugh anymore.
See several other photos of the Geometry EX3 on the Geely Global website.
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