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World’s cheapest SUV electric vehicle launching in Pakistan?

China has realized the frustration of regional consumers wanting to buy an affordable electric vehicle. But this is not an ordinary EV, Nano Box has a range of 200KMs with SUV features!

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The Dongfeng Nano Box is simply a rebranded Dacia Spring, however it has a new interior in addition to some modest exterior aesthetic modifications. The price, though, has to be the selling factor – the car starts at RMB 65,700, which works out to roughly $9,750 or PKR 2.2 million. You’ll be hard pressed to find a 4/5 passenger EV with a 200+ km range for less than that amount.

The majority of the body panels are shared with the other Renault Kwid-based vehicles. The front and rear lights, as well as the front bumper, differ. That’s a good way to cut costs, and all of the models under all of the different names appear to be selling quicker than they can be made.

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The car appears considerably larger in the images than it is due to its off-road design with high ride and small overhangs. In actuality, the car is only 3,723 mm long, 1,579 mm wide, and 1,515 mm tall. If you don’t have a garage, it might fit in your kitchen or on your balcony.

The interior of the Dongfeng Nano Box (love the name) is entirely unique, and it conceals its low-cost beginnings quite well. The centre 10″ screen handles infotainment, while the 7″ screen behind the steering wheel displays all the information the driver may require. In the centre console, there are climate control dials (hallelujah!) and a large dial that alternates between driving forward and reverse.

Nano Box continues in the footsteps of its predecessors, with only one tiny electric motor powering the front wheels. The 45hp (33 kW) power and 125 Nm torque won’t make you a traffic light king or queen, but it’ll get you around town with ease. The CLTC cycle forecasts a range of 331 kilometres, however to be honest, even the WLTP cycle’s 225 kilometres for the Dacia version is optimistic. Expect less than 200 kilometres from its 27.2 kWh battery; the car is merely a nice city shopping trolley.

The good news is that with such a little battery, it only takes half an hour to get 80 percent charge; the full charge will take 4 hours because heat is a concern with small batteries, and the charging curve slows off quite a bit as the cell fills in.

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The Nano Box, like all of its siblings, comes in two versions. The lesser one costs RMB 65,700 ($9,750), while the more expensive one costs RMB 71,700 ($10,640). The pricing and cuteness definitely work because the company received over 10,000 orders on day one and currently has a two-month waiting list. Still, if you reside in a city and want a cheap but unique EV mode of transportation, you could always get an electric bicycle. But if you value your life, you’ll buy Nano Box, which has to be the most appropriately called of the complete clone squad.

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