They may not have the glamor or the speed of Tesla, but China’s little-known low-speed electric vehicles easily outnumber the hyped US electric car.

Shandong Province has long been a home to various manufacturers of low-speed electric vehicles, such as the Shifeng Diandongche (pictured), which is made by the Shifeng Group .

These  vehicle are bought primarily by the disabled and elderly, so performance presumably is strictly so-so. Indeed, Shifeng’s website doesn’t even disclose any technical specs about the car.

Now, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) wants to leverage the region’s  experience in producing these small cars  by officially promoting Shandong Province as  a low-speed electric vehicle test zone.

Around 128,000 low speed EV’s were produced in Shandong last year, an increase of more than 68% on the previous year. For comparison, Tesla is hoping to achieve an annual production of 50,000 vehicles this year.

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