Chinese Zotye Electric SUV to Undergo Crash Test

After it surfaced out of nowhere a while back with the announcement that a Chinese electric SUV will be launched on the American market later this year, the Green Automotive Company announced today that it moving on with the tests that will insure the SUV complies with all the federal safety regulations.

As announced ever since March, the crash tests for the model, as well as other compliance tests, will be conducted by Roush Industries, who will slam the Zotye into what is called an Oblique Pole. The test is meant to show whether the SUV can cope with a side impact without harming the ones on board. The first test in expected to take place in June, a little later than initially estimated.

"With the full support of the vehicle manufacturer, and working closely with the test facility, the engineers at Roush Industries plan to complete the additional vehicle preparation, work quickly and in time to perform the side impact test the first week in June," said Ben Rainwater, Green Automotive consultant.

When it is launched, the Zotye will become the first electric SUV on the American market. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery which sends the power to an electric motor. The vehicle is capable of a top speed of up to 70 mph and a range of up to 150 miles. The model will retail in the US, provided it passes Roush's testing, for $35,995, starting the second quarter of the year.

The model comes equipped as standard with A/C & heating system, power windows and power locks, DVD audio system, integrated electric system monitoring screen and fast charging port.


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