4 Electric SUVs with Front Wheel Drive That You Might Like
Tesla is the leading brand in the development and manufacture of electric cars, but a consumer can find several other makers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the industry. You have probably seen EVs in the form of hatchbacks and sedans, but one EV model that you would like to have is a much bigger car such as a SUV. If this is the type of car that you are looking for, then be happy, because you have a choice electric SUVs to choose from as from 2018.
One recently released electric SUV is the Hyundai Kona. The car was unveiled at a Geneva car show in February 2018. As you probably know, it’s very hard to tell the difference between a gasoline fueled car and electric car just by looking at the cars. The cars look the same, and you will notice the difference when one of them starts moving or when you come a little bit closer. A car powered by an internal combustion engine will make that familiar rev noise when you turn in the key. You will also see some smoke coming out of from the tailpipe or car exhaust. When you come a little bit closer, you will notice a fuel intake on the side, or a tank under the hood.
An electric vehicle is powered by a battery, it’s as quiet as a mouse on starting and driving the car. Like an automatic car, it has no clutch or multiple manual gears. Actually, it only makes use of a single speed reduction gear. It doesn’t produce smoke or any carbon emissions which pollute the sky. Due to government subsidies and reduced tax imposed on electric cars, buying this type of car may be cheaper than buying a petrol or gas-powered car. That’s one of the reasons why it’s favored by green organizations and global warming awareness advocates. Governments around the world are giving incentives such as tax credits and subsidies to encourage people to buy electric cars. As an example, the US government will provide a consumer with a tax credit ranging from $2500 to $7000 for purchasing an EV.
The Canadian government provides a much higher incentive for electric car buyers through its EHVIP program. For purchasing an EV not higher $75,000, a buyer will get $3000 up to $10,000 in incentives. Additional incentives, from $2000 to $7000 are provided for seating capacity requirements. An individual is eligible for up to $14,000 in incentives per electric vehicle. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCVs) are also included in the incentive program.
In China, the government has helped sell a lot of EVs by providing subsidies. The subsidy program will end in 2020, and so far it has been successful in popularizing electric-powered transport, especially in city bus services.
Good looking electric SUVs produced in China include the Chery Tiggo 3Xe and BAIC EU300. There are also sedans such as the Dongfeng Fengshan E70 and the Geely Dorsett EV300 (Emgrand).
One of the most popular places to find auto parts and accessories, including automobiles is Global Sources, a sourcing platform for international importers who want to get products from China. Electric automobiles are also available at affordable cost. The BIGST-E70 is an electric SUV that you can procure from Global Sources for $US15,070.00 per unit, which is equivalent to R178,232.14 as at 30 March 2018.
Automobile merchants at Global Sources have attractive offers and options for international buyers. The car manufacturer BIGST has 4 alternatives:
You can import your electric BIGST-E70 as a complete vehicle (CBU) complete built unit. However, the customs duty for a CBU is much higher than individual parts. If it’s an electric car, you might qualify for exemption in import tax that is usually charged on gasoline-fueled cars. This will depend on your country and the government import tax regulations they have for different types of cars. Tax on electric automobiles is usually lower than gasoline-fueled automobiles.
SKD II Units
SKD stands for semi-knocked down parts. The delivery in this case is a completely painted car body or shell. All other parts are delivered individually, for assembly at the destination factory. The import tax for SKD II units is very small compared to CBU Units. In some cases, it’s seven times smaller than CBU tax.
SKD I Units
In this case, the car body/shell is supplied without painting. All other parts are delivered individually, for assembly at the destination factory. The importer will enjoy the same reduced import tax as SKD II units.
CKD stands for completely knocked down parts. Parts are delivered loose and unattached as component or raw materials. The materials will need to be welded and joined together upon arrival at the destination factory. CKD units are usually not charged for tax, so the importer should expect zero tax on these materials.