Chinese Zotye leads Chevy, Telsa in first all-electric SUV race

James Raia

All electric sport utility vehicles are on the near horizon, but which company will debut its offering first remains a race among the Green Automotive and its imported Zotye, AMP/GM’s revised, all-electric Chevy Equinox and a Tesla powered Toyota RAV4 EV.

Green Automotive appears to be in the race lead. A fleet of nine Zotye electric SUVs has been shipped to the United States The SUV is powered by a lithium-ion battery which sends the power to an electric motor. It has a top speed of up to 70 mph and can provide an electric range of up to 150 miles.

According to Green Automotive’s recent announcement, Roush Industries has been retained to provide testing and engineering feedback on how well the new all-electric, Chinese-made EV meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. Specific dealers are also being sought, according to media reports.

Although it’s not official, the Zotye price is estimated at $35,995, while the EV Equinox projected price is $50,000. Pricing information on the RAV4 EV remains unavailable.

Article Last Updated: March 17, 2011.

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