Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is set to begin sales of the first model under a newly created brand for value-priced electric vehicles.
Maple Automobile, a company run by Geely’s technology subsidiary, Geely Technology Group Co., last week released an illustration of the initial vehicle, the 30X subcompact crossover.
The first 30X, to be marketed under the Maple brand, rolled off a production line at a plant in Nantong in east China’s Jiangsu province in January, Maple Auto said.
The electric crossover is 4,005 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,575 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,480 mm. It has a range of 306 kilometers on one charge.
Pricing has not been disclosed.
Maple Auto previously was Kandi Technologies Corp., a company that built two-seat and subcompact EVs. Geely last year increased its stake in Kandi to 78 percent from 50 percent and renamed the company.
With Maple, Geely continues to expand its EV product portfolio.
Geely, China’s largest domestic car and light-truck maker, currently markets EVs under the mass-market Geely brand and a dedicated EV subbrand, Geometry.
Geometry is positioned higher than the Geely brand in the EV market.