Going Green and Saving Greenbacks With a Kandi
by Nick Schoeps
Updated on September 11, 2020. In Automotive News
Say hello to Kandi, the latest Chinese automaker to land on our shores. Kandi is initially bringing two cars to the U.S. market, the K23 and K27. Both are slated to land in customer’s driveways later this year. Besides the horribly forgettable names, both are surprisingly well-equipped, fit four adults, and can go highway(ish) speeds. And by leveraging a lot of incentives, you could theoretically buy this new car for $4,999. Read on to learn how.
Kandi Cars: K27 & K23
Initial offerings by Kandi will be the K23 and K27 pure-electric cars. Both offer large touchscreen interfaces and modern safety amenities, things you’d expect of a modern car. Both are also single electric motor front-wheel-drive (FWD) cars. Kandi also offers a relatively robust warranty, for such inexpensive cars; 4-year/50,000 mile materials and workmanship and 8-years/62,000 miles on the battery.
If you’ve found yourself accumulating speeding tickets recently, Kandi is your medicine. The K27 tops out at 63 mph, while the K23 can all the way up to a whopping 70 mph. The K27 manages with 60 hp, while the K27 gets by with 65 hp.
The K23 is the roomier Kandi, has more than twice the battery, and gets you up to 188 miles of range. With a range of only 100-miles and the aforementioned paltry top speed, the Kandi K27 is decidedly a city car. The K27 is somehow cute and funny looking at the same time – the baby panda of electric vehicles.
For full vehicle specs, or to reserve yours now, check out Kandi’s webpage.
Show Me The Rebates: The $5K New Car
The MSRP is $19,999 for the K27 and $29,999 for the K23. But, if you’re one of the first 1,000 on the pre-order list you can get a K27 for just $17,499. Once you apply a federal tax rebate of $7,500, the price is just shy of $10K for anyone in the U.S. – not bad at all. Where I live in Oregon, residents can also apply for an additional $2,500 state rebate, bringing the total down to $7,500. Further still, if you classify as low-to-middle income there’s an additional $2,500 rebate. All in that means you can buy a brand new Kandi K27 electric car for just $4,999. That is an impressive price! If you need a commuter car, there probably isn’t a better value anywhere on the market.
It’s hard to deny Kandi’s value proposition, and only time will tell if they’ll be the next Daewoo or the next Toyota. In any case, we’re eager to get behind the wheel of our own Kandi K27 and roll out for some dim-sum in “style.” Stay tuned!
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