Before we get to the gist of the latest development regarding the Zotye electric SUV, a little background info will bring you up to speed. China's Zotye Holding Group produces the electric SUV pictured above. The company claims that its SUV has a range of up to 250 miles and can reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour. The vehicle carries a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and the lithium-ion battery pack is warranted for an unheard of 185,000 miles. This highway-legal SUV is expected to sticker at the shockingly low price of $29,995 and will be coming to the U.S. by year's end. Sound unbelievable? Let's hope it's all true, but, well, we certainly have our doubts.
However, Bob Rohrman Auto Group, of Lafeyette, IN. believes that the Zotye SUV is much more than vaporware and has signed on to sell the electric SUV when it hits our shores. Rohrman Auto has selected 10 of its 36 dealerships to receive the electric SUV and expects to move a minimum of 200 of the EVs out the doors each month. The vehicles will be imported by Green Automotive and distributed to the Rohrman Auto dealerships located in Indiana and Illinois. In addition, EV Car Co. will also sell the Zotye SUV at its 14 Texas-based dealerships. Whether you believe the claims made by Zotye or remain skeptical as we do, it's seems likely that this electric SUV will board a ship headed for the U.S. soon.
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]