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Low-cost tiny electric cars like these could be the next big thing

It’s true that prices for many leading full-size electric cars have dropped slightly in the last few months. But even a $50,000 Tesla is still much harder to afford than an electric micro-car that can cost a quarter of the price. Those smaller electric tiny cars, NEVs, and LSVs also come with big advantages over their full-size cousins, saving more than just cash.

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First ride: Taking a spin in the Eli ZERO not-a-car electric car

It’s not every day you get the chance to go for a few hot laps in a funky new electric mini-car. But when fate calls, you answer. And that’s just what I did recently on a trip to Milan when the Eli team nervously let me borrow their only prototype vehicle. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Eli ZERO, but I came away excited about the future of these fun little runabouts.

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Micro shows off production line for its adorable electric microcars, first units coming in March

The Microlino is an electric bubble car, often referred to as microcars, that looks like a modern take on a classic BMW Isetta. Swiss mobility company Micro has spent the last few years working out the kinks in the innovative electric vehicle’s design and is now ready to begin production this spring.

With the production line nearly complete, the company is giving us our first look at how these unique little rides come together.

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The Mini Moke is back and it is electric…but this AWD 75mph version also packs controversy

As we depart the Paris Mondial Motor Show, we’ve seen all matter of electric vehicles from Tesla and the big legacy carmakers, new ebikes that use new 2170 cells all the way down to Chinese scooters. But one big surprise was seeing the iconic Moke mini Jeep-like electric vehicles in not just one but two different booths in a variety of shapes and sizes, including a speedy, AWD version with…



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SAAB 9-3 car goes back into production as NEVS’ first all-electric car

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the Chinese-backed successor of SAAB, has been closing multi-billion contracts to sell electric vehicles over the last year, but it didn’t have much to show for until now.

The automaker announced today that its first electric car rolled off the production line at its new Tianjin factory yesterday.

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Chinese battery maker signs massive supply contract with NEVS ahead of build out of new Gigafactory-size plant

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL), a relatively new Chinese li-ion battery maker, is shaping up to become a major player in the industry in the coming years with plans for several important battery factories comparable in size to Tesla’s Gigafactory.

The company has now signed a supply contract with SAAB successor National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in order for the electric vehicle maker to deliver on its orders for electric car fleets in China.

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Nevs (Saab) is acquiring electric vehicle production capacity in China

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs), the China-backed firm that bought Saab’s assets out of bankruptcy in 2012, has signed a framework agreement to take a 50% stake in Chinese vehicle manufacturing company New Long Ma (NLM). The company has a factory with production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year in the Fujian province.

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Saab (NEVS) inks a $1 billion deal to supply 20,000 electric cars to Volinco in China

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs), the firm that bought Saab’s assets out of bankruptcy in 2012, is singing some ridiculously big deals to supply electric vehicles to China lately. Last month, we reported on the company closing a massive 78-billion-yuan ($12 billion) deal to supply 150,000 electric cars to Chinese leasing firm Panda New Energy and now we learn from Reuters (via Autoblog) that Nevs signed a framework deal worth about 8.5 billion crowns ($1 billion) with China Volant Industry Co. (Volinco) for 20,000 electric cars.

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