The Eco has landed.

In this case, the first US EcoCentre, which specializes in selling neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) made by China-based Liuzhou Wuling Special Purpose Vehicle Manufacturing Co., has opened for business, Plug In Cars reports.

The EcoCentre, which is operated by Lincoln and Jaguar dealer Ramon Alvarez, is in Irvine, CA, near Los Angeles, and also sells Coda Automotive electric vehicles. The NEVs, which have a top speed of 25 miles per hour and a single-charge range of up to 40 miles, range in price from $9,995 for the EcoE mini car to $17,995 for the EcoVan.

Alvarez first announced his intention to sell the EVs in July at the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers conference in Las Vegas. The cars might be small, but his hopes are big. He told Plug In Cars that he expects, "conservatively," to sign up dealers to open as many as 200 EcoCentres open in five years.


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      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      For all intents and purposes, this is Malcolm Bricklin's Subaru 360. These cars are going to seem cheap and crude, but they are going to get a lot better in the next few years.
      ronwagn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the idea, but a 40 mph speed would be a lot more useful. I don't know many areas that would be safe to drive that slow in.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Safety concerns will always be the first thing when it comes to these, but I would buy the pickup just for farm work.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imoore
        They use electric vehicles similar to these for maintenance vehicles in our state parks. They would also make good vehicles for neighborhood mail delivery.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think you can get a 10% tax-credit with NEVs. But with the $7500 Federal tax-credit and the $2500 credit from California, it would seem hard to justify one of these when you can buy the Mitsubishi-i.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wuling Sunshine boxy people carrier is GM's best selling vehicle in the world, £11,200 not bad at all for an EV, pick-up truck looks very useful that would sell like hotcakes in the UK wipe out Ford Transit sales in an instant in austere hit Europe looking for value for money. Renault sell the Indain made Dacia Duster a Jeep sized SUV for £8,995 in the UK come January 2013, as these cheap Chinese/Indian cars built in sweat shops with cheap labour start to arrive in Europe on mass they are gonna either destroy European car industry or have its manufacturing base moved to China/India follow the like the computer industry Apple, Dell & hewlett Packards, as they will just won't be able to complete on price. It will be a sad day when the car supermarkets end up like Walmarts of this world importing everything shipped in from China, how more ungreen can you get?
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      BERLIN (Reuters) -- Volkswagen may launch a new low-cost subbrand by 2015 to take on rivals including Renault's Dacia and Nissan's Datsun in markets including Europe, two company sources said on Friday. Europe's biggest carmaker is aiming for a price range of between 5,000 and 10,000 euros ($6,500-$12,900) for the budget cars, which may include a minivan, wagon and small sedan, the sources said, confirming a report in German business daily Handelsblatt. The vehicles would be aimed at fast-growing BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China), but may also be sold in Europe, the sources added. Low-cost vehicles from Dacia as well as budget brands such as Kia and Chevrolet are gaining in popularity in western Europe because of the pinch felt by consumers in the economic downturn plaguing the region. Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20121012/ANE/121019948#ixzz29C6KdODM