Insanely Weird Alibaba VE of the Week: $ 2,500 Chinese Farm Truck
Electric farm trucks are awesome – I bought one in China to use as a utility vehicle around my parents’ sprawling property. But while mine looks like a fake American truck, I recently found a much more oriental truck that intrigued me. This is a perfect selection for the last entry in my Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week column!
As usual, I’m not sure what to call this thing.
It’s kind of like a convertible, except it doesn’t turn into anything other than an open-top ride.
The company calls it a four-wheeled electric tricycle, which sounds like a contradiction on the wheels.
I understand where they are coming from though. It takes the design of the rugged electric tricycles that are popular across Asia, but replaces the front fork and single wheel with a two-wheel fork.
Up front we actually have an independent double wishbone front suspension which is more than what I can say for the solid front axle of my personal electric truck.
Tucked alongside those front wheels is what appears to be a pair of hydraulic four-piston disc brakes, although the rear receives a set of drum brakes. However, not too ugly!
They offer several motor sizes of 800W, 1000W, 1200W and 1500W. Obviously I would maximize that beauty with the 1.5 kW motor. That’s two whole horses of muscle power!
I guess the relatively slow top speed of 40 km / h (25 mph) means you don’t really need that much power. It won’t win any traffic light races, and the fact that it’s primarily used for off-road utility work means it probably won’t even hit its top speed very often.
The 60V battery is also available in several capacities of 1.92 kWh, 2.7 kWh or 3.1 kWh. Again, I would max out this bad boy for peak performance.
Despite the farm truck’s four-wheel design, it still has motorcycle-style handlebars and includes a twist throttle instead of an accelerator pedal. The brakes are also controlled by the handlebar mounted brake lever, although there is another emergency brake lever to the right of the seat. It is obviously for the drift.
The horn button, oddly enough, is mounted in the center of the bars. This is where you would expect to find it on a steering wheel, and further illustrates the weird motorcycle and truck mashup we have here.
In case there aren’t enough levers already, there’s one more in front of your knees that controls a two-speed gearbox. Pull on it and you will decrease your speed but increase your torque, which would be useful for off-roading or climbing.
But what really tickles me isn’t the performance (or the lack of it), but rather the usefulness of this engineering marvel. Just look at this dumpster!
It is one meter wide (39 inches) and is available in several lengths of 130cm, 150cm and 160cm (4’3 “, 4’11”, 5’2 “). The latter is almost as long as the bed of a 2024 Chevy Silverado EV pickup truck. Eat Your Heart, GM!
The hilarious part is that the 500 kg (1,100 lb) load capacity is almost as much as the 1,300 lb haul capacity of the Silverado EV!
But even cooler than that, it’s this little nugget: the bed not only has a folding tailgate, but also folding side doors! Find out in the video below.
This triple hatchback setup means you can release a few loops and instantly convert them to a tray.
How cool is that !?
You can haul a pile of manure one minute, then a pile of 4 Ã 8 inch plywood sheets the next minute. In fact, it’s probably best to reverse this order for the sake of cleanliness.
The bed even lifts manually to unload, which would allow either of them to be unloaded quickly.
You could use this type of vehicle for so many things. The front bench seat could comfortably accommodate one person or two uncomfortably. And the possibilities for the rear are endless, limited only to your imagination.
I could run my own alpaca farm service if I wanted to!
The last surprise here is the price, which is much more reasonable than I expected. The base vehicle starts at $ 985. But it is without batteries. You’re probably considering an additional $ 300 for the big battery option.
$ 1,300 isn’t a bad price, especially since you can hardly buy an electric bike for that much these days.
Sadly, that’s not the end of spending though. We still have to get the dang out of China.
For this, LCL shipping (less than container load) is the most cost effective option. Basically, they combine the small goods of a group of people into a 40 inch shipping container and ship them all into one unit. This is how I shipped my mini van from China, but as you can see in the unboxing video, the cage they built around it was quite damaged in this container.
Going through a few options, it looks like I’d be looking for around $ 1,200 to bring this four-wheel electric farm truck to my nearest port in Miami.
At $ 2,500 to land in the United States, that still seems like a steal. The only question left would be how many ransoms I would have to pay along the way and what the customs charges would be. But because this is all academic, I guess I’ll never really know.
Unless you want to buy one and tell me about it! It wouldn’t be the first time someone has bought one of Alibaba’s crazy electric vehicles I’ve found. If you get into one of these insanely weird electric farm trucks, I’d love to know how it goes!
And for anyone who just wants the financial comfort of not spending all their money on crazy Chinese EVs, check out a few of these other fun EVs from Alibaba that I’ve featured in the past:
Finally, if that wasn’t enough for you, here’s another whimsical B-roll video of this awesome thing!
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