Cenntro Group and KLD Energy Technologies is preparing to stick a finger in the eye of those super-macho folks who insist on driving big-old Ford F150s for their daily work vehicles by getting ready to debut what's got to be the least-macho utility vehicle in existence. Cenntro's Kombi electric vehicle, complete with KLD's OneDrive drivetrain, will start North American sales by the end of June, Gizmag says. And while an official mileage rating hasn't been granted by the Environmental Protection Agency, the little vehicle is said to get 240 miles per gallon equivalent.

No speed burner here, the Kombi will have a 50-mile single-charge range, while its 17-horsepower electric motor will provide a top speed of about 31 miles per hour. Designed for short-distance deliveries, the truck will have a carrying capacity of 800 pounds. No pricetag as been disclosed.

KLD and Cenntro Group started making noise in late 2012 about their joint-venture, which included vehicles such as a four-wheel-drive vehicle, in addition to what would become the Kombi, and said it would eye China and Europe in addition to North America as target markets. Last summer, KLD was on the verge of debuting a small, freeway-legal electric vehicle whose drivetrain was priced at less than $10,000, though no specifics on release date or total price (including the rest of the vehicle) were disclosed.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      My first reaction was aww, it's cute. My second reaction is stick a gas engine in it. I'd like to buy a pickup that's the size of the old (80's) Ford Ranger (it was big enough) and this is a step in the right direction.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like a modernized Subaru 360 Sambar.
      • 8 Months Ago
      How is this thing going to stick a finger in those with a full sized truck. 50 mile range when empty, 31 mph top speed, and 800 pound cargo. I could see them saying " This will put a finger in those local delivery companies that feel gas is the only way". I mean if you put 500 pounds in the back of it you may still get the 31 mph but you will not get the 50 miles.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is why I have to convert my own S-10 instead of buying a new truck EV from GM/Ford/Toyota/Tesla...
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thought this item was already listed as Epic Fail ?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Funny, I remember reading somewhere that this truck is already being built in China, but I just can't find it right now. So if I'm correct, they will be shipping gliders to the US and install the electric motors. And does Volkswagen know about this knockoff yet?
      • 8 Months Ago
      I liked it until I saw the top speed. It's such a moronic mistake to make NEVs. That's a solid suicide right there. You can do a lot of things with 50km/h top speed but the limit will always weigh on the buyer. Which wont buy. A modern electric vdub microbus might actually do halfway decent. This wont. It's going to be yet another MIA, yet another ZENN. Yet another old nitwit with a couple of hundred million dollars to burn and end in bankruptcy. Electric drive power costs so little (but you have to develop your own because off the shelf still sucks) and it's so stupid to impose that speed limit.
      • 8 Months Ago
      hey look it a retro vw transporter pickup, cool lookin with ev power . the perfect truck for a curbside business
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