Tianxia Internet Business Reporter Huang Tianran
The American Mika Tello is planning to open a column on the electric vehicle media Electrek called”The Incredible Alibaba Electric car”.
As a senior electric Car DIY enthusiasts, Mika has been through Alibaba’s haitao various parts to assemble electric bicycles and electric motorcycles.
“This is a A good place to buy magical products at magical prices.” Mika believes that Alibaba is a “treasure website” for finding the coolest and weirdest electric cars in the world. He has had dozens of overseas shopping experiences. Every year they participate in the Double 11 Carnival.
Recently, Mika took a fancy to a mini electric pickup , PICKMAN produced by Chinese manufacturer Kering.
This pickup can seat two people, load 500 kilograms of cargo, is equipped with lead-acid batteries, has a top speed of 40 kilometers per hour, and has a range of 113 kilometers without payload.
From the video posted by the seller, PICKMAN can easily climb over the soil slopes, and the power is very strong.
Mika is very satisfied with this car, and on Alibaba, the starting price is only 3,950 US dollars (about 25,600 yuan), if the optional four-seater upgrade configuration, the price is 4880 US dollars, calculate The shipping cost of US$1,000-1500 is almost half cheaper than the starting price of US$9,999 on Kering’s official website in the United States.
Mika also specifically found Kering’s import distributors in California. The other party stated that Kering PICKMAN has passed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Low-speed electric vehicles (LSV) and light-duty four-wheelers are L7e certified, so driving this car on certain roads is legal.
Mika is making further communication with sellers on Alibaba to learn about the cost details such as import tariffs that may be incurred by Haitao this car.
“The process of shopping for niche electric cars on the website is very interesting, but ordering also requires skill, patience and courage. You must communicate clearly with the seller and reach an agreement , To ensure that the seller’s products can meet your expectations.” Mika said,”When you find an interesting baby at the lowest price, all your efforts have meaning.”
During the epidemic, many foreigners found purchases of electric vehicles on Alibaba.” New World”.
Last year, a low-speed electric car purchased from Alibaba became popular on YouTube because the price was only US$900 (approximately RMB 5828 yuan), known as”the cheapest car in the world.”
When consumer electronics website Gizmode senior car editor Jason Tolczynski discovered this big baby, he was so excited that Shang Xing wrote:”Everyone, put down the damn pizza in your hands. I bought a new car and bought an electric car from Alibaba for $900!”
This car The car is produced in Changli, Changzhou. It is commonly known as”Old Tou Le” in China. In Jason’s view, this car is suitable for visiting neighbors or taking children to sightseeing in nearby parks.
“As you can see, its style is modern, low-key and stylish, and its front face design is amazing, including the bold air intake grille, the mighty headlights… it is visible to the naked eye. It is very safe, with a huge anti-collision insurance carrier at the front and a spare tire rack at the rear……”
To transport the car from China to North Carolina, USA, more than 2,000 US dollars in taxes and shipping costs have to be paid, resulting in the total price of the car exceeding 3,330 US dollars, but Jason still feels that the price-performance ratio is invincible.
In the United States, a similar electric golf cart costs more than 9,000 U.S. dollars, but the golf cart does not have a windshield, wiper or turn signal.
After receiving Changli Old Man Music, Jason recorded the unboxing video for the first time, and he was as happy as a Big kids taking apart new toys.
Numbers on YouTube With millions of views, Changli’s”Old Head Music” has received many orders from European and American countries.
The Dutch technology journalist Matthew is also eager to try. He searched Alibaba and posted a car purchase recommendation form on the website:”These are my favorites, yes, I want to buy them all. ”
Most of the recommendations are cheap low-speed electric cars with peculiar shapes, such as the Xinling X-1, which looks similar to Renault Twizy, the Sunshine M2 today, which resembles Mini Cooper, and the retro BMW Isetta. The electric bubble car comes from Beidouyun, Qingdao, Shandong.
“To be honest, I am envious of so many choices in China. If you like Try to buy online from China, you can own any of these electric cars. Maybe like Jason’s experience, the final result will be beyond your imagination.” Matthew said.
Foreigners are shopping for cars on Alibaba. Most of them are focused on low-speed electric vehicles and other small travel tools, from the strange old man music to electric motorcycles, Scooters and even some auto parts modified parts are getting more and more attention.
For foreigners, Haitao is like exploring an uncharted territory. How to communicate and match, how to choose a transshipment company to pass customs, and how to successfully get approved on the road in your own country, the whole process is far worse. Shopping in China is convenient, but the fun is in the process.
On YouTube, many foreign big Vs are sharing their experience of using Alibaba to buy cars.
The electric motorcycle IDY enthusiast The Inja has bought 3 cars on Alibaba.Electric motorcycles, every car he buys, he will carefully study the disassembly, and then modify and upgrade according to his own needs.
The Inja chose Alibaba because he can get the original products at ultra-low prices, and even directly The first-hand manufacturer’s customized models and bargaining prices are more cost-effective than the ones that have been sold on Amazon after changing hands.
For those players who are constantly evaluating and collecting various electric motorcycles, although overseas shopping often takes five or six months to arrive, it is like a value for money big Adventure.
YouTube blogger J&N Productions is also a senior electric travel enthusiast, he shared a one bought from Alibaba For the electric scooter, a technical post made him circle a lot of fans.
A 5600W two-wheeled electric scooter, free shipping on Alibaba for $1,900, the same Configuration, other platforms may cost 2500-3000 US dollars, so he has already bought 4 scooters in Alibaba.
J&N Productions will share experience with netizens, how to check seller reviews, how to distinguish between retail and wholesale, and the approximate time required for each step of the transportation process after the order is shipped.”If you study the selection carefully, Alibaba is a very reliable and reasonable website. Find the right seller, you can receive the goods that live up to your expectations.