Want to drive an electric Model T? What about a “Jeep Explorer” or an electric smart car?
On Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce hub, all this and much more is possible. Of course, you can buy them and have them shipped to you, but none of them are legally driveable on US roads.
The combination of ingenuity and intellectual property theft has allowed companies across China to steal American designs and trademarks, with few repercussions.
A 2017 report released by the US Trade Representative estimated that Chinese thefts of US IP cost between $225 billion and $600 billion each year. China’s enforcement on IP theft has been lax and was one of the major sticking points behind the Trump administration’s trade disputes with the country.
Here are some copycats we saw on the Alibaba website.
2020 Changelly Four Wheel “Jeep”
For the bargain price of just $2,325 (plus shipping), you can get your hands on it “Jeep Explorer” From Alibaba site. A lead-acid 30 kilowatt-hour battery powers a single motor that churns out 98 horsepower. The car has a single charge range of around 62 miles.
Despite being a truck, Explorer and Jeep, this vehicle is officially designated as a hatchback.
High-speed electric four-wheeler “Smart Car”
Shanxi Huayu Technology Development Co., Ltd. is on offer from a very compact car Which is very close to a smart car in appearance. Despite being electric, the car has a manual transmission. The car claims a top speed of around 105 mph and a range of up to 310 miles on a single charge.
A 2017 Smart Forte has an EPA estimated combined fuel economy of 34 mpg. The engine gets 89 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque.
New Style Retro Electric Car “Ford Model T”
Creating a variety of electric cars for multiple purposes, Guangdong Yatian Industrial Co., Ltd. has created a electric model t clone to sell. Promising upwards of 6 hp, the car has a range of about 49 miles, but it also lists an “endurance mileage” of about 62 miles. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy that range with a top speed of around 18 mph.
According to Ford, the original Model T got 13 to 21 mpg and offered a top speed of 45 mph.
2017 EEC electric car “Porsche 356”
Similar to the Porsche 356, it Kingwoo Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd. Offer to Henan Province offers an electric alternative to the classic sports car.
Available in 7.5 kW or 10 kW motors, the higher option allows a top speed of 62 mph and a range of approximately 124 miles.
The original Porsche 356 was produced from 1948 to 1965.
While the electric version can be purchased for as little as $10,000, a Classic 356 can fetch anywhere between $20,000 to $100,000 at auction.