JAC is going to start selling the JAC iEV7S in Brazil. The JAC iEV7S has now been rebranded as the iEV40 and it is going to be imported from China into Brazil for consumer sales.
JAC Brazil is a partnership between the SHC group and JAC and it has operated in Brazil for a number of years, but this is the first time it will sell an electric car in the Americas.
The JAC iEV40 will have the same acceleration (0–100 km/h in 11 seconds), battery pack size (40 kWh) and range (300 km, NEDC). It will be sold for 139,990 BRL ($35,385). For a review of the JAC iEV7S, check out my original review here for CleanTechnica.
That price of 139,990 BRL will make it the cheapest electric vehicle in the Brazilian market. Adding the JAC iEV40, there are five electric vehicles that will be available in Brazil by the end of 2019:
- The BMW i3 for 199,950 BRL ($50,542)
- The Nissan Leaf for 178,400 BRL ($45,094)
- The Chevrolet Bolt for 174,990 BRL ($44,232)
- The Renault Zoe for 149,990 BRL ($37,913)
- And now the JAC iEV 40 for 139,990 BRL ($35,385)
JAC iEV40 is open for pre-order at the moment and will be sold in Brazil from June 2019.
President of JAC Motors Brazil Sergio Habib, in an interview with UOL, talked about the fact that electric cars have potential to reduce maintenance costs but also have some limits related to range at present. The interview covers many topics regarding Sergio Habib and JAC’s history in Brazil, as well as the benefits of electric vehicles. It is in Portuguese, but there is always Google Translate.
JAC expanding its electric offering into new markets is hopefully a trend we will see more of as more Chinese automakers expand outside of China, offering compelling offerings of affordable electric vehicles to the world and forcing traditional global titans to take notice and either compete or lose market share.
Maybe North America and Europe will see Chinese EVs in the near future.