Within the next three months, China's Chery Automobile Co. will begin testing three undisclosed electric models right here in the States. The tests are scheduled to last for at least eight months and if all goes according to the plan, then Chery will bring over its battery-powered S18 for a trial run. Within a few years, Chery expects to launch its Ruiqi X1 extended-range electric and its battery-powered Ruilin M1 in the U.S.
Earlier this week, Chery peeled back the curtains on its first production-level electric vehicle (EV), the Ruilin M1. The Chinese automaker dabbled with EVs in the past, but most were mere concepts. Within a day of launching the Ruilin M1, Chery received 300 orders. With a top speed of 75 miles per hour and a price that starts at 149,800 yuan ($22,600 U.S. at the current exchange rate) the Ruilin M1 could appeal to U.S. buyers.