The Times Online learned all of this when it was the first Western publication to take the Zhong Tai out for a test drive. The style is dated, they said, but found the test car (equipped with an extra battery) provided good punch off the line - until warning alarms went off and the car needed to be restarted. If the charge indicator in the dashboard was accurate, the Times figures that the 250-mile range number "is not unfeasible," as long as you're cruising through the city. Of course, the company admits that an average speed of just 60 mph drops the range to ~170 miles.
For all of New Power's big promises, let's not forget that the Zhong Tai's other EV incarnation. The SUV is actually a Zotye 2008 (pictured). The Zotye was itself based on the Daihatsu Terios and was to be sold at the Spark EV. That never happened. Thanks to Fredrik S. for the tip!
[Source: Times Online via All Cars Electric, Register Hardware]