Yesderday I started a topic regarding the Green Vehicles Traic, which appeared set to become the first affordable highway speed EV available. Today I happened upon a story on AutoBlogGreen which makes it appear that they were beat to the punch. Sort of.
The Spark-EV Zotye is an affordable ($25k) highway speed EV (75 mph, 110 miles/charge) already available. Except the demand dwarfed their expectations.
"I recently wrote about a company called Spark EV that plans to sells Zotye, a $20,000, highway speed, electric SUV soon. Unfortunately, the order page says the company is not taking new orders even though it seemed the cars were for sale. What's going on? Too much demand! Michael Papp of Spark EV tells me his "back of my mind" goal for Zotye sales for this year was 250-300. Michael soon found demand would be a tad higher.
According to Papp, the company sent out 1,000 emails on January 11th, 2008 to everyone on the company's email list telling them the Zotye was available for sale. 10 days later 600 people were asking where to send their money. Some people simply sent the money (which the company returned). Papp said that no new orders are being accepted at the website "to slow this down. No matter how good the car is, how we perform in the beginning will define this company. We will get the first requested cars out, follow up, get feedback, and only then will we take more orders."
So they win the EV race, but are only selling a few hundred for the time being. Nice to see that sort of demand right off the bat, but unfortunate that the company is unable to meet it. But that's good news for Green Vehicles, Aptera, Mles, ZAP, etc.
Edited by dana1981 - Fri, 16 May 2008 16:50:40 UTC