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(Jalopnik)   I just bought a Chinese car online from Ali-Baba for $900. Its name in English is New Energy Mini Electric Car for Adults - so let's have a look   (jalopnik.com) divider line
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2020-03-16 9:31:24 PM  
Don't park it in your garage.  Just.  Don't.
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2020-03-16 9:32:43 PM  
Cheaper than a golf cart.  And about as fast.
 
2020-03-16 9:35:12 PM  
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2020-03-16 10:03:41 PM  
Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.
 
2020-03-16 10:07:46 PM  
NEMECA?

The

Northern
England
Man-
Emu
Cuddling
Association

?

That's a casuariidae bestiality advocacy organization out of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sick.
 
2020-03-16 10:46:19 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.


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I want one just because it's so hilarious.
 
2020-03-16 10:58:35 PM  
This may cause moist squealing in The Villages.
 
2020-03-16 11:00:10 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

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I want one just because it's so hilarious.


Yeah, that one is better. I dunno about the three wheels, might be unstable off road, but the pickup bed is so cool and bigger than your usual 20K UTV. I want the light bar too.
 
2020-03-16 11:14:41 PM  
Available in pink!
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or this, which looks kind of hot inside.


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2020-03-16 11:24:26 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

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I want one just because it's so hilarious.

Yeah, that one is better. I dunno about the three wheels, might be unstable off road, but the pickup bed is so cool and bigger than your usual 20K UTV. I want the light bar too.


Gotta be more stable than the Reliant Robin, and that was street legal.

Aren't these often classed/licenced as motorcycles?
 
2020-03-16 11:26:21 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.


Someone will set up an agency to import them and streamline the paperwork, charge you a good sized fee, then disappear as soon as warranty issues emerge.
 
2020-03-17 2:13:49 AM  
Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.
 
2020-03-17 2:19:43 AM  

Smackledorfer: Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.


You like to skip to the last page of the book don't you?
 
2020-03-17 2:20:43 AM  

fusillade762: Cheaper than a golf cart.  And about as fast.


My mom spent more for a golf cart in her new gated community that she can't use because the facilities were closed until April.
 
2020-03-17 2:29:28 AM  
Amazing what you can do with recycled Coors cans and a couple of D cells ..
 
2020-03-17 2:35:25 AM  

ElPrimitivo: Smackledorfer: Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.

You like to skip to the last page of the book don't you?


A better analogy here would be that I prefer a book that doesn't stop at the prologue.
 
2020-03-17 3:02:03 AM  
What would you like to see us do with this thing? What would you like to know about it? I'm open to any questions or suggestions, so have at it.


I'd like you to do what a real automotive journalist would do. The same thing that was done with any other car you are comparing it to. You know, apples, oranges, yada yada yada. If you don't know what that was, holler upstairs to your parents to help you out.
 
2020-03-17 3:06:57 AM  
I wonder if you could rig up a small snowplow to it. As long as you've got such a toy maybe it could replace a few other garage bits.
 
2020-03-17 3:08:51 AM  

KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that one is better. I dunno about the three wheels, might be unstable off road,


Or even on road, every time you turn.
 
2020-03-17 3:10:30 AM  

flondrix: KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that one is better. I dunno about the three wheels, might be unstable off road,

Or even on road, every time you turn.


I've never seen a movie with those that didn't involve one falling over.
 
2020-03-17 3:12:37 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

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I want one just because it's so hilarious.


That model has a 200cc gas engine, according to Alibaba.
 
2020-03-17 3:22:47 AM  
He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.  Random shiat will start coming loose and falling off pretty quickly.  In other words, that thing for that price is not going to end well.  Maybe in six months he can sell it cheap to some sucker for cheap just to get it out of his driveway.
 
2020-03-17 3:29:39 AM  

FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.


Then they'll just shoehorn a Chevy small block into it and take it to a dragstrip. Its sort of a moral imperative.
 
2020-03-17 3:31:21 AM  

FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.  Random shiat will start coming loose and falling off pretty quickly.  In other words, that thing for that price is not going to end well.  Maybe in six months he can sell it cheap to some sucker for cheap just to get it out of his driveway.


And the upholstery has a higher lead content than the lead-acid battery.
 
2020-03-17 5:28:30 AM  
They lost me at "not some boring Tesla"....They're....Not boring !
 
2020-03-17 6:23:27 AM  

FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.  Random shiat will start coming loose and falling off pretty quickly.  In other words, that thing for that price is not going to end well.  Maybe in six months he can sell it cheap to some sucker for cheap just to get it out of his driveway.


good point. just like buying a cheap asian motor scooter, you are wise to go over every bit and set it correct before riding down the road. you get what you pay for.
 
2020-03-17 6:29:51 AM  
I need that... thanks subby :)
 
2020-03-17 6:53:39 AM  

KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.


It wouldn't be legal on a federal highway, but check your state's laws for the requirements on city/state roads for low speed vehicles. Where I am they are pretty basic: turn signals, headlights, 6" windshield minimum, etc., and then you call the local police station for an inspection.
 
2020-03-17 6:57:01 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

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I want one just because it's so hilarious.


That's designed as a factory vehicle.  You use it to carry small loads and passengers around a large facility with a low speed limit and no major road traffic.
 
2020-03-17 7:31:29 AM  

FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.  Random shiat will start coming loose and falling off pretty quickly.  In other words, that thing for that price is not going to end well.  Maybe in six months he can sell it cheap to some sucker for cheap just to get it out of his driveway.


I think you miss the point of Jalopnik.  Especially for Jason Torchinsky.

The further down shiatter this thing goes, the better the articles will be, which is really the only reason he's buying this thing.  He's banking on this thing being a complete and utter disaster, and for $1,700, he gets to write a handful of articles covering his descent into madness.
 
2020-03-17 7:34:24 AM  

Dryad: FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.

Then they'll just shoehorn a Chevy small block into it and take it to a dragstrip. Its sort of a moral imperative.


Or a hayabusa conversion kit:
Smart Car with Hayabusa Turbo Engine! Smart Hayabusa Donuts and Burnout, Brutal Exhaust Sound!
Youtube AgwzHJo3IXM
 
2020-03-17 7:50:37 AM  

Driedsponge: FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.  Random shiat will start coming loose and falling off pretty quickly.  In other words, that thing for that price is not going to end well.  Maybe in six months he can sell it cheap to some sucker for cheap just to get it out of his driveway.

I think you miss the point of Jalopnik.  Especially for Jason Torchinsky.

The further down shiatter this thing goes, the better the articles will be, which is really the only reason he's buying this thing.  He's banking on this thing being a complete and utter disaster, and for $1,700, he gets to write a handful of articles covering his descent into madness.


And if this saga doesn't end with a few friends and a NEMECA demo derby, I'm going to be very disappointed.
 
2020-03-17 8:17:00 AM  

Smackledorfer: Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.


I think we're going to see a lot of rushed to market "journalism" over the coming months.

"Here's 250 words on a car I'd like to write a review about. Once I get it, I can deliver at least 150 more words!"
 
2020-03-17 8:19:43 AM  

NEDM: Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

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I want one just because it's so hilarious.

That's designed as a factory vehicle.  You use it to carry small loads and passengers around a large facility with a low speed limit and no major road traffic.


It is like something that Bond villains would use to show you around their secret underground volcano lair while talking all about their plan for world domination.
 
2020-03-17 8:24:22 AM  
This would be difficult to register in Oregon.  It's too fast for the "Low-speed" classification and lacks the roll cage required for a "Medium speed" electric vehicle.
 
2020-03-17 8:32:53 AM  

natazha: This would be difficult to register in Oregon.  It's too fast for the "Low-speed" classification and lacks the roll cage required for a "Medium speed" electric vehicle.


Are you sure?

From TFA:
As far as specs on the vehicle go, I'm not entirely certain. I think, fully loaded (that means 300 kg/661 pounds, it looks like?) it'll do about 20 mph, and should have a range between 25 and 60 miles or so. The motor is said to be 1200W, which should be a ravenous 1.6 HP.

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bil​l​s_laws/ors/ors801.html
801.331 "Low-speed vehicle." "Low-speed vehicle" means a four wheeled motor vehicle with a top speed of more than 20 miles per hour but not more than 25 miles per hour. [2001 c.293 §5]

Sounds like it should qualify as a "Low Speed Vehicle" in Oregon to me.
 
2020-03-17 8:39:13 AM  

holdmybones: Smackledorfer: Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.

I think we're going to see a lot of rushed to market "journalism" over the coming months.

"Here's 250 words on a car I'd like to write a review about. Once I get it, I can deliver at least 150 more words!"


This is how Jalopnik always worked.  It's a blog, so the more articles it can get out of a project, the more money they can make.  I've followed a few of them, and some of them are fun to read. It's akin to following a car project on an internet forum.  I don't think anyone has ever accused Jalopnik of being actual journalism.  They do their fair share of single-topic articles, with a few of these longer projects thrown in.
 
2020-03-17 8:43:04 AM  

Driedsponge: Dryad: FarkingSmurf: He is going to be severely disappointed when that thing shows up.  Likely damage in shipping.  A lot of what look like metal parts in the pictures will actually be plastic.  If the batteries don't crap out within a month I would be shocked or not shocked as the case may be.

Then they'll just shoehorn a Chevy small block into it and take it to a dragstrip. Its sort of a moral imperative.

Or a hayabusa conversion kit:
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OK. I want one now but I'll take the one with the engine in the front with the 1500cc on a custom clip. $13,000 for a complete car isn't too bad
 
2020-03-17 9:07:20 AM  

Driedsponge: holdmybones: Smackledorfer: Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.

I think we're going to see a lot of rushed to market "journalism" over the coming months.

"Here's 250 words on a car I'd like to write a review about. Once I get it, I can deliver at least 150 more words!"

This is how Jalopnik always worked.  It's a blog, so the more articles it can get out of a project, the more money they can make.  I've followed a few of them, and some of them are fun to read. It's akin to following a car project on an internet forum.  I don't think anyone has ever accused Jalopnik of being actual journalism.  They do their fair share of single-topic articles, with a few of these longer projects thrown in.


I think my brain was still raw from reading the straightening iron article a few threads up and wanted to continue complaining about articles that aren't what they say they're about.
 
2020-03-17 9:08:59 AM  
America needs a category of Kei Trucks just like Japan has. We'd be better off if about 70% or greater of "work trucks" and other trucks bought by people who occasionally need to haul something were efficient, cheap models of vehicles.

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2020-03-17 9:16:56 AM  

holdmybones: Driedsponge: holdmybones: Smackledorfer: Maybe the author should have submitted his article to Fark after he got the car.

I think we're going to see a lot of rushed to market "journalism" over the coming months.

"Here's 250 words on a car I'd like to write a review about. Once I get it, I can deliver at least 150 more words!"

This is how Jalopnik always worked.  It's a blog, so the more articles it can get out of a project, the more money they can make.  I've followed a few of them, and some of them are fun to read. It's akin to following a car project on an internet forum.  I don't think anyone has ever accused Jalopnik of being actual journalism.  They do their fair share of single-topic articles, with a few of these longer projects thrown in.

I think my brain was still raw from reading the straightening iron article a few threads up and wanted to continue complaining about articles that aren't what they say they're about.


Fair enough.  For future, whenever you click on a Jalopnik article, just be cognizant that this is an automotive blog that readily proclaims a Mazda Miata Shooting Brake would be the pinnacle of automotive perfection.  It's never to be taken seriously.
 
2020-03-17 9:33:01 AM  

mrmopar5287: America needs a category of Kei Trucks just like Japan has. We'd be better off if about 70% or greater of "work trucks" and other trucks bought by people who occasionally need to haul something were efficient, cheap models of vehicles.

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That audience is looking for something that seats four, not that seats 1.

\and isn't street legal because it's never heard of safety standards
 
2020-03-17 10:23:01 AM  

NEDM: Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

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I want one just because it's so hilarious.

That's designed as a factory vehicle.  You use it to carry small loads and passengers around a large facility with a low speed limit and no major road traffic.


Should be perfect in my town where the speed limit is 25 all over and 35 on "the highway". I think I may have forgotten how to drive over 35 or among more than 2 other vehicles on the road.
 
2020-03-17 10:32:18 AM  
Bought a 3D printer from AliE. They sent me a sex doll.
They wanted me to pay return shipping when I had already paid initial shipping.
Then they forced a 1.5% refund to stop the credit card company from doing a chargeback.
Apparently this is a common practice of theirs.


Fark them. Fark them hard.
 
2020-03-17 10:47:44 AM  

Best Princess Celestia: Bought a 3D printer from AliE. They sent me a sex doll.
They wanted me to pay return shipping when I had already paid initial shipping.
Then they forced a 1.5% refund to stop the credit card company from doing a chargeback.
Apparently this is a common practice of theirs.


Fark them. Fark them hard.


At least you didn't go to AE's bigger brother Alibaba and ended up with a shipping container full of sex dolls.
 
2020-03-17 12:18:50 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: NEDM: Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

[i.kinja-img.com image 800x600]

I want one just because it's so hilarious.

That's designed as a factory vehicle.  You use it to carry small loads and passengers around a large facility with a low speed limit and no major road traffic.

Should be perfect in my town where the speed limit is 25 all over and 35 on "the highway". I think I may have forgotten how to drive over 35 or among more than 2 other vehicles on the road.


The local village does allow golf carts on the streets, unfortunately I'm too far away from it for that to be of use. I would just use the pickup variety to move stuff around our property and not try to take it on the public roads.  I know that you can get ATVs that can do that, but they are too expensive for what I would use it for.
 
2020-03-17 12:46:19 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Benevolent Misanthrope: NEDM: Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

[i.kinja-img.com image 800x600]

I want one just because it's so hilarious.

That's designed as a factory vehicle.  You use it to carry small loads and passengers around a large facility with a low speed limit and no major road traffic.

Should be perfect in my town where the speed limit is 25 all over and 35 on "the highway". I think I may have forgotten how to drive over 35 or among more than 2 other vehicles on the road.

The local village does allow golf carts on the streets, unfortunately I'm too far away from it for that to be of use. I would just use the pickup variety to move stuff around our property and not try to take it on the public roads.  I know that you can get ATVs that can do that, but they are too expensive for what I would use it for.


My city started allowing them a year or two go,and it's goddamn horrendous.

No signals, no brake lights, and kids sitting on open backseats. They fly around blind corners where they are less visible than cars. They ignore traffic rules. Teens are cruising around in them.

fark golf carts on streets.
 
2020-03-17 1:18:20 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.


"... looked like a little Jeep ..."

Wonder if anyone has done an electric conversion on a Mini-Moke?  If so, how much would one cost?
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Apparently, the answer is Yes.

https://mokeamerica.com/products/emok​e

About $18,000 new.
 
2020-03-17 1:24:56 PM  

FutherMucker: They lost me at "not some boring Tesla"....They're....Not boring !


... Have you recalibrated your Sarcasm Meter lately?
 
2020-03-17 1:27:43 PM  

KarmicDisaster: NEDM: Benevolent Misanthrope: KarmicDisaster: Wow, that's cool. I wish it looked like a little Jeep though. I would drive it around our property just for fun. Not street legal except in areas where golf carts are I suppose. I'd definitely get one if it was not such a hassle to pick it up at a port.

[i.kinja-img.com image 800x600]

I want one just because it's so hilarious.

That's designed as a factory vehicle.  You use it to carry small loads and passengers around a large facility with a low speed limit and no major road traffic.

It is like something that Bond villains would use to show you around their secret underground volcano lair while talking all about their plan for world domination.


Bond Villain - No.

Austin Powers Villain - Yes.
 
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