Chinese low-speed electric vehicle manufacturer VIDOEV has copied the Volkswagen Beetle without any signs of remorse.
Chinese low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) manufacturer VIDOEV has copied the Volkswagen Beetle without any signs of remorse.
It was only yesterday when we saw the terrifying Jinma JMW2200 and now we are back from the same Shandong EV Expo in China where VIDOEV has replicated the Volkswagen Beetle. However, there's a twist as the car has been stretched a little bit to accommodate rear doors and for reasons beyond our understanding it has an exhaust tip which makes no sense taking into account this is an electric vehicle.
Created by a company which has a Nissan-like logo with Volvo-inspired lettering, the LSEV doesn't have a name yet as they simply call it a "Beetle-style car" which will actually go into production early next year. The interior cabin hasn't been finalized yet but it too draws its inspiration from the Beetle and will feature a lead-acid battery installed underneath the rear seats.
The four-door Beetle lookalike is powered by an electric motor developing "at least" 20 kW (27 HP) while details about the range are not available at this point. Pricing hasn't been officially disclosed yet but VIDOEV representatives at Shandong EV Expo are saying it will kick off from around 100,000 yuan (about $16,100).