• Feb 10th 2009 at 12:51PM
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Might your next (first?) electric vehicle purchase be transacted at Wal-Mart? It's not out of realm of possibility. Mexican company, GS Motors, is already selling 3 different models from China's First Auto Works (FAW) at a so-called "big box" retail chain in Mexico and has plans to replicate the strategy north of their border. Company CEO Kathleen Ligocki says, "I think the product will be ready for the U.S. market within five years." Starting next year, the Chinese designs are expected to be assembled at a factory in Michoacan, Mexico that will be capable of building 100,000 units per annum. FAW, if you're keeping score, is the company the makes the NEV sold as the ZX40 by Miles Automotive. Now, we're not suggesting that Miles is currently involved in any talks with GS Motors, only that the connection is there.

FAW is not the only Chinese automaker looking for an American foothold either. Well known to our readers, BYD is another company with somewhat desirable electric cars and a commitment to compete in the U.S. Their retail sales strategy has yet to be revealed, but we can only imagine they would explore different options. As for the American big box stores, would they consider selling electric cars? Wal Mart said it would and Sam's already has.

[Source: Gasgoo / Automotive News sub req'd]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I can see that happening. I walked into Northern Tool the other day and they had an electric scooter there (looked like the same maker as Tank Scooters) that had a top speed of 20mph and a range of 30 miles for $599. Reviews make it a bit suspect at this point though.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I have one of those electric scooters but they are not street legal in New York. A cop pulled me over and said I cannot drive it anywhere but my own property. So it has been sitting in my garage for 2 years. I also have a 2005 Miles electric car but I cannot find replacement batteries for it anywhere. It also sits in my garage. So now I have wasted lots of money on trying alternative green transportation. I am very frustrated!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, I cannot afford a $59,990 pick-up truck "Made In America". But if you would like to purchase me one to keep me from driving my Toyota with 200K miles, I will be glad to accept it. Sorry, my father worked for US Steel for 35 years before they sold out!!!! That is the thanks we got from our unions!!! And his pension is a disgrace!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just bought a 2009 F150 supercrew XLT 4x4 and two 2009 Focuses for about $5,000 more than the price you gave. What truck were you looking at?? I've bought nothing but Fords since I started driving in the mid 70s and I've yet to have one that lasted less 250,000 miles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The concept of a large retailer sellling automobiles is not new. Sears and Roebuck (now Sears) in the late 1940's or early 1950's sold Kaiser Automobile's Henry J models under the Sears brand of Allstate.

      The cars were about the cheapest on the market and their quality showed it. The Henry J / Allstate autos were only on the market for two or three years and then went out of production. I saw one of these automobiles at a car show about two years back. These cars had a trunk behind the rear seat, but there was no access trunk lid at the rear of the car. The access was through the rear seat. As I said, these were cheap cars.

      Maybe the Wal-Mart sold car will fare better. At least the company manufacturing them is not on the verge of bankruptcy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The American economy is done thanks to Wal Mart, we need the middle man back in America and not low prices. Wal Mart ruins American business as we once knew it and now it clobbers everything around it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You need to do your research. Look into what Walmart is doing in chicago. All the fat cat politicians voted to keep Walmart out for years. Everyone was worried about Walmart putting muscle on small businesses. Well guess what? The opposite has happened, the small businesses are thriving and have increased their own sales! They have welcomed Walmart and the MILLIONS of dollars in tax revenues they have brought the city and communities! Get your facts straight. Afterall, someone has to pay the fat-cat politicians big bonuses and pay for their parties and such!!! I wish someone would bail me out after I drive my business into bankruptcy and oh ya, give me a bonus also!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Brandon writes "Really, a car designed in China, built in Mexico, and sold at Walmart?!"

      ------------------ And I bet you they have a 1-800-service line that is outsourced to India, where our American English is not understood. I guess we'll be back to singing " I have a brand new pair or roller skates, you have a brand new key ..."
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I stopped shopping at Walmart when Sam died and they became China Mart. I will not be buying any Chinese cars either. When will enough people be out of work for the rest to realize that American manufacturing pays Americans to work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      HENRY J anyone? SEARS sold the automobile HENRY J ---a compact auto back in the 50's. They had them on display at the stores. So WAL-MART selling an auto, like SEARS did, wouldn't surprise me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that the electric cars, up to this point, have been pretty weak and over priced. Things are always a little rough at first and improvements are made over time. It sounds like cheaper alternatives are being put forward but that will only diminish qualtiy. I think I will continue buying American made gas guzzlers for now and I'll transition when the quality is there. (there is still enough America in an American car, people make it sound like it's all foreign labor from manufacture to sale but that is not accurate) Maybe I should start selling bicycles with our bike racks. http://www.stacksofracks.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      now enlighten me again how much lead is in the paint? i had a friend that bought an chinese motorcycle (lifan) for his son, the kid had it maybe a week before it was shot to shit. so there you go. when you can market an cheap eco-safe, half-a$$-desent car give me a call
      • 6 Years Ago
      I simply REFUSE to shop at Walmart,!!! Think about it folks, the new, global, "Walmart economy" has not helped you live better, contrary to the TV ad. It has dragged America down in every way!!!! It is an aggressive cancer which has destroyed thousands of small towns and cities economically & culturally!!!!

      JUST SAY NO to the predator Walmart & buy AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      And where will we get warranty work? The idea of buying American went out the window when the "US" auto makers went to Canada and Mexico. Now we just buy western hemisphere, not American. I am old enough to remember when the japanese cars were crap after 2 years. Perhaps the chinese can avoid yugo syndrome after a decade or two. These are the same chinese that poison our babies and pets.
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