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Chinese all-electric SUV to begin final testing for U.S. market

Green Automotive announces that Roush Industries will begin testing an electric SUV to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for the U.S. market.

The Zotye SUV, starting at $29,995, uses lithium ion batteries to provide a range of up to 250 miles and a top speed of 70 mph. Zotye

Green Automotive, an electric vehicle importer and distributor, today announced that Roush Industries will "provide structural and vehicle engineering support" during the testing and confirming process of shaping an all-electric SUV to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for the U.S. market.

According to Green Automotive, Roush will begin testing an electric version of the Chinese-made Zotye SUV.

The testing will include an evaluation of safety features such as airbags, seat belts, and other safety design elements, "mapping the vehicle data against the required safety standards," and a report that "details the test findings and includes recommendations for any vehicle improvements. ...All vehicles sold in the United States must go through this comprehensive process," the company said.

"Engineers from Roush have recently finished four days of initial inspections here in California, performing an engineering review of the All-Electric SUV," said Green Automotive President Fred Luke. "We intend to stay on track toward meeting our goal of launching retail sales of the All-Electric SUV in the U.S. through a network of selected dealerships by the end of this year."

Bob Rohrman Auto Group, of Lafayette, Ind., last July announced that it plans to sell the Zotye electric SUV when it comes to market.