Kandi Technologies

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Kandi Technologies Group, Inc.
TypePublic
NasdaqKNDI
IndustryAutomotive
Founded2002[1]
in Jinhua, Zhejiang
FounderHu Xiaoming
HeadquartersJinhua, Zhejiang
Area served
China
ProductsAutomobiles, electric vehicles
SubsidiariesZhejiang Kandi Electric Vehicles (50%)
SC Autosports LLC[2]
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. is a Chinese battery and electric vehicle manufacturer. Kandi is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with ticker KNDI.[3]

History[edit]

Kandi partnership with Geely[edit]

In February 2013, Kandi and Geely subsidiary Shanghai Maple announced the establishment of a 50:50 electric vehicle joint venture, Zhejiang Kandi Electric Vehicles Investment, with an initial registered capital of 1 billion yuan (US$160 million).[4] The joint venture is planned to focus on the research and development, production, marketing and sale of electric vehicles in the Chinese mainland.[4] The joint venture agreement was signed on 22 March 2013.[5] Mr. Shufu Li, Chairman of Geely Auto will be appointed to be the first Chairman of the JV Company and Mr. Xiaoming Hu, Chairman & CEO of Kandi will be appointed to be first General Manager.[6]

In 2016, Geely Auto sold its half of the JV to Geely Holding Group, controlled by Li Shufu.[7][8]

Kandi has partnered up with Geely to sell EVs under the Gleagle brand.[9] Kandi remains one of Geely Auto's strategic partners in China focused on pure electric vehicle manufacturing. Under the strategic partnership the EX3 is born, Geely provides the EV designs and Kandi provides the EV manufacturing resources.

EV CarShare[edit]

In July 2012 Kandi Technologies signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the city of Hangzhou to supply 20,000 electric vehicles for the city's pilot electric vehicle leasing program.[10]

The Kandi public EV CarShare concept is based on Hangzhou's bikeshare, the largest bikeshare in the world and the first of its kind in China. The bikeshare has since spread from Hangzhou to 19 Chinese cities including Shanghai and Beijing. To date, Kandi has delivered over 40,000 carshare EVs making it by far, the worlds largest carshare program.

Kandi's original plan was to build with both Government and “outside” support, 750 of these garages through a 50-50 joint venture with Geely Automotive, China's largest passenger automaker, which would require some 100,000 Kandi electric vehicles to stock them. This model is slated to spread to other cities and regions like Shanghai, Shandong, and Hainan. Six garages were completed, but due to escalating real estate prices, vertical garages have halted in favor of horizontal street parking type kiosks.

United States expansion[edit]

In 2019, the company announced plans to expand its market to the United States, as the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved its Model EX3 and Model K22 cars to be exported into the U.S.

The company shipped 50–100 EVs to the United States at end of May/early June 2019.

In July 2020, Kandi announced that it would be starting sales in Summer 2020 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area of Texas and released details of the first two cars to hit the market: the Kandi K27 and K23 models.[2]

Other developments[edit]

On November 30, 2020, Hindenburg Research a short selling group released a report blaming Kandi of a scheme in which they were faking its sales by at least 55%.[11]

On December 7, Kandi's chairman released a response addressing Hindenburg's short seller report.[12] Kandi replied to the report with a statement claiming that: "Kandi believes that the report contains numerous errors, misstatements of historical facts, inaccurate conclusions, and superfluous opinions."[13]

Kandi has acquired battery technology company Jinhua An Kao. Jinhua An Kao has designed a unique system of pure electric car battery replacement technologies including an intelligent constant-temperature charging station, a 50-100 channel intelligent battery charging system, a car battery replacement tool, and a car washing machine. Jinhua An Kao currently has 22 patents that have either been accepted by the PRC State Intellectual Property Offices for application or are currently in the application process. It has more than 10 utility model and design patents. Additionally, Jinhua An Kao owns three invention patents and 14 utility model patents relating to plug-in and soft-connection PACK technology.[14]

In 2018, Kandi transitioned into longer-range electric vehicles with the K23 and EX3 models.[15] One of the things that the company is claiming is that these SUV crossover hybrids have more cargo room from its other offerings.

Kandi acquired Sportsman Country LLC for $10 million in June 2018.[16] Sportsman Country will facilitate the dealer relationships for Kandi's EX3 electric vehicles.

Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission approved Kandi with one of three EV manufacturing licenses. The applicants pool consisted of EV enterprises from nationwide.[17] EVs qualify for subsidies offered by China's central and local governments, on an average of $10,000 per vehicle. EVs are waived from Chinese megacities' license plate fees that apply to ICE vehicles, on an average of $14,000 per license plate.

Kandi had low sales of EV in first quarter of 2019 due to delay of government subsidies and restructuring of the JV. They planned to ramp up production for the remaining portion of 2019 and have a non-binding framework agreement with DIDI to deliver 300,000 EVs over the next five years.

Products[edit]

EX3 (previously K26)[edit]

The EX3 debuted on November 1, 2017, as Kandi's first SUV. It has a top range of 380 km (240 mi) and top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph) on a single charge. It was first exhibited at a launch event on March 26, 2018.[18][19] Being the electric version of the Geely Vision X3,[20] it is approved for China's tax exemption on new energy vehicles.[21]

The EX3 SUV qualifies for the full $7,500 U.S. Federal Tax Credit, with its starting price being $29,995.[22][23]

K17A[edit]

Rear view of a Kandi K17A EV (Based on the Geely Englon SC5-RV) police cruiser in Hangzhou, China.

K17A debuted on August 5, 2016. The K17A is Kandi's first EV.

K23[edit]

K23's production started at the Hainan facility on March 28, 2018. Its 41.4 kWh battery give it a top range of 302 km (188 miles). It can be fully charged in 7.5 hours at a standard Level 2, 240 volt, 32 amp charging station. Its top speed is theoretically 112 km/h (70 mph), but artificially restricted to just 25–35 mph (40–56 km/h) in the US market, depending upon the state in which it is sold.[24][25]

K27[edit]

The K27 is a minimal compact four-door BEV that seats four. Its 17.69 kWh Lithium battery gives it a top range of 161 km (100 miles). It can be fully charged in seven hours at a standard Level 2, 240 volt, 16 amp charging station. Despite a theoretical top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), it is artificially restricted to just 25–35 mph (40–56 km/h) depending upon the state in which it is sold, making it illegal for use on American highways and usable only off public roads or for low-speed, exclusively city/residential transport.[26]

The K27 is marketed by Kandi as being the least expensive EV available in the US, and after incentives available in some states it can potentially cost less than $10,000.[27] With a list price of $17,499[28] ($15,499 after federal tax credits),[26] however, prior to state rebates it is still significantly more expensive than the cheapest car sold in the US market, the Chevrolet Spark, which lists for $14,395.[29]

K32[edit]

The Kandi K32 is based on the same vehicle body as the Foday Lion F22 pickup truck, and was marketed as an all-electric dual motor 4-wheel drive UTV which is not legal for use on public roads.[30] The K32 was introduced in November 2021. The base standard range trim model is available with a 20.7 kWh battery capable of 60 miles (97 km) of range, while the long range variant comes with a 50 kWh pack for up to 150 miles (240 km) of range. Top speed is claimed to be 65 mph (105 km/h).[31] Both models are equipped with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain an output of 21 kW (28 hp) according to Kandi.[32]

Sales[edit]

A total of 1,215 Kandi EVs were sold in China during the first quarter of 2014, and an additional 4,114 during the second quarter, representing a growth of 238%, and total sales of 5,329 units during first half of 2014.[33] Kandi EV city car, had a price tag of 41,517 yuan ($6,317) in 2015. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) reported the sale of 16,376 Kandi EVs in 2015. The government has set expectations high for the growth of the electric car market. The plan is to have five million electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads in China by 2020. 2015 sales revenue relies heavily on government subsidies. Chinese government choose not to issue subsidies to Kandi in 2015, while its third 2015 subsidy payment completed on April 21, 2017.[34]

Kandi secured US$105.8 million financing through the National Economic and Technological Development Zone of Rugao City in May 2017.[35]

2018 sales were projected to focus exclusively on the EX3 SUV with a range of 380 km (240 mi).[36]

Kandi EV CarShare[edit]

The Kandi EV CarShare is a carsharing program in the city of Hangzhou. The system operates only with Kandi EV all-electric cars, which are available to customers in automated garages that run like vending machines. The rental price is US$3.25 per hour. Leasing is available from US$130 to US$160 per month, which includes insurance, maintenance, and the electric power through swapping batteries at the program garages. Then, Kandi recharges the batteries at its convenience. The leasing option, called "Long Lease," is available from 1- to 3-year contracts.[37]

Kandi Technologies plans on making 100,000 cars available to the residents of Hangzhou over the two years. It is also planning to expand into 2–3 other Chinese cities during 2014.[37]

In 2019, Kandi Technologies signed a non-binding framework with a ride-sharing alliance to provide 300,000 EVs within 5 years.[38]

Executing its commitment to ride-sharing, Kandi JV signs a non-binding agreement with Cao Cao Zhuan Che as the supplier for 20,000 electric vehicles.[39]

Quarter K12
sales
K17
sales
K23
sales
EX3
sales
Total
sales
Source
Q3 2017 4,018 2,747 6,765 [40]
Q4 2017 3,398 1,192 4,590[a] [41]
Q1 2018 3,295[b] [42]
Q2 2018 1,802[c] [43]
Q3 2018 1,502[d] [44]
Q4 2018 3,660[e] [45]
  1. ^ Total excludes 82 units of unknown models.
  2. ^ Total EV Parts, zero EVs.
  3. ^ Total EV Parts, zero EVs.
  4. ^ Total EV Parts, zero EVs.
  5. ^ Total EV Parts, zero EVs.

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  41. ^ Kandi Technologies (2018-03-16). "Kandi Technologies Reports Full Year 2017 Financial Results". Globe Newswire. Retrieved 2018-03-16. A total of 4,590 electric cars were delivered during the fourth quarter of 2017.
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