China’s Electric Mini Knockoff: Discovering the Alma M-200

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China's Electric Mini Knockoff
China's Electric Mini Knockoff

China has gained notoriety for its penchant for replicating various products with a penchant for producing them at remarkably low costs. The latest example under scrutiny is the “minicar long-distance path adult electric car.”

With a price tag of $2,500 (€2,300 at current exchange rates), the Minicar, or Alma M-200, it has caught attention, prompting a closer examination. The resemblance to the Mini Cooper is undeniable, raising questions about its competitive edge against the BMW-Mini.

Interestingly, Shandong Alma Technology Co. claims partnerships with renowned brands like BMW, Buick, Audi, Infiniti, Toyota, and Ford. However, a closer look at the product presentation raises eyebrows, particularly concerning the performance claims.

China's Electric Mini Knockoff
China’s Electric Mini Knockoff

Despite boasting a 1,500 W motor, doubts arise about its capability, especially considering the challenges faced by e-bikes with similar power. Moreover, phrases like “large power” and “strong drive” sound more like irony, given the lack of concrete specifications.

Details about battery capacity remain elusive, with vague assurances of “long endurance” and “high-quality batteries.” Nevertheless, the Minicar offers some conveniences like a reverse camera, multimedia center, electric heating, and “voice interconnection.” Yet, the lack of interior images leaves much to the imagination.

Externally, the Minicar resembles classic Cooper models, sporting a compact, high-nosed profile. However, doubts arise about the materials used, with suspicions of fiberglass or composite construction. Despite uncertainties, this quirky vehicle presents itself as a potential urban commuter or a unique project for adventurous enthusiasts.

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By Annie Linardos

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