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Kandi Forms Strategic Partnership With ZTE and ZZY to Promote Micro Public Transportation

Leaders in Micro Public Transportation, Wireless Automotive Charging and Electric Vehicle Leasing to Focus on Technology, Performance and Operating Efficiency

JINHUA, China, May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "Kandi") (Nasdaq:KNDI), today announced that Kandi Electric Vehicles Group Co., Ltd. (the "JV Company", a 50/50 Joint Venture between Kandi and Shanghai Maple Guorun Automobile Co., Ltd., a 99% owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. 00175HK) signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (the "Agreement") with ZTE Corporation ("ZTE") (0763.HK/000063.SZ), a leading international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for Mobile Internet, and Zhejiang ZuoZhongYou Electric Vehicle Service Co., Ltd. ("ZZY"), an electric vehicle ("EV") leasing company.

Under the Agreement, Kandi, ZTE and ZZY will combine their expertise and resources to promote the Micro Public Transportation ("MPT") program with advanced wireless charging technologies. The parties will jointly:

-- Market the MPT program in China and conduct R&D for automotive wireless charging and other core EV technologies.

-- Establish a research institute, which will focus on key topics, including MPT operation optimization, big data analysis and self-service EV rental.

-- Apply for China's National Program on Key Research Projects to resolve technological challenges for EVs.

-- Enhance the MPT operating system with a focus on performance efficiency and user experience.

-- Explore and develop an information platform for the MPT program, which facilitates the expansion of the EV infrastructure network.

"We are excited to connect Kandi's innovative MPT model with ZTE's cutting-edge technologies," commented Mr. Hu Xiaoming, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kandi. "By leveraging ZZY's premium services, our goal is to accelerate MPT's market penetration, maintain our leadership position, and achieve greater success in China's booming EV industry."

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