EXPLORER is the cheapest 4 seat 5 door electric vehicle in Australia !
EXPLORER is a utilitarian mini-EV, all electric with air-con and large Lithium battery.
Performance from its 60V 3 kW motor matched with a 100Ah Lithium battery rated at (ISO) 130 km travel, able to carry 500 kg at 45 kph.
Note : This is a small all electric car / Electric Vehicle or Mini-EV. It is not approved for use on Australian Public Roads. It is however suitable for use on private property and will find favour on large rural properties, small farms and private roads as a runabout as in Retirement Villages, Resorts, and the like. No license or registration is required.
And yes, we are aware you can purchase a petrol vehicle for a similar price, but they cost many times more to fuel and maintain, as well as registration and insurance fees. You just cannot beat a Mini-EV when it comes to cost of operation.
And way better than a Golf Buggie and much cheaper also.
Features & Specifications
EXPLORER 4 seat, 5 door, Mini-EV | Small Electric Car | LEV (Light Electric Vehicle). It has comfortable bucket seats in the front, and a stylish dash with LCD screen display.
Maintenance is minimal, and it is very cheap to run.
Steering wheel LHD, easy to use controls, electric doors, electric windows, heater / demister, air conditioner, good rear vision mirrors, internal rear view mirror, reversing camera, window wiper and washer, radio function, USB, spacious interior, comfortable front bucket seats, seat belts, seats four people, aluminium rims wheels, large tyres, four wheel disk brakes, four wheel suspension, easy brake and throttle function, high efficiency low power consumption strong electric motor, long lasting Lithium battery.
Manufactured under ISO 9001 standards and attained COC certifications that meets world wide manufacturing requirements and standards for small electric cars | light electric vehicles (LEV) | Mini-EV.
Manufacturer: Xili Vehicle Co
Certification: COC / ISO 9001
Dimensions: 290 x 136 x 165 cm
Weight: 380 kg
Weight Battery: 45 kg
Weight Capacity: 500kg
Maximum speed: 45 km / hr
Maximum range *: Up to 130 km
Typical range *: Up to 85 km
Climbing ability: 25 degrees
Brakes: Disk all Wheels
Body: Five door, four seats
Motor: 3 kW
Battery: 60V 100Ah Lithium
Other: Aluminium wheels, reversing camera, heater, air conditioner, suspension, roof rack with lights, rear opening door with spare wheel, disk brakes, hand brake.
Certificates for all electric vehicle manufacturing requirements, based on international standards.
Off road tyres available on order.
* Varies with user weight, terrain type, driving style, battery charge, battery condition, temperature, and tyre / wheel type and condition. Information taken from manufacturers specifications.
EXPLORER Motor & Battery Combination
EXPLORER has an impressive Motor and Lithium Battery combination giving exceptional performance.
EXPLORER has a 60V DC 3 kW Brushless Motor, powerful and efficient.
EXPLORER has a 60V 100Ah Lithium battery.
In practice depending on driving style, terrain, load, speed etc, you will get around 85 km distance. With the heater or air conditioner going, you will get less distance. Also, remember Lithium batteries have a short end phase in their power supply, so run out quickly.
While driving, when the voltage displayed drops to 57.5V, it will have around 20% SOC and it is time to recharge the battery. Do not use below 55V.
These batteries are rated at 500-800 charging cycles.
So, say 80 km x 500 cycles = 40,000 km.
The cost to run EXPLORER is 1.7 cent/km for electricity, and about 12 cents/km for the battery.
Please note, this information is as per this particular type of Lithium battery and is not what you may know or be told about other types of Lithium batteries.
Does EXPLORER need to be registered?
In Australia you do not need to and cannot register your EXPLORER.
Do I need a driver’s license?
You do not need a driver’s license to drive your EXPLORER.
Can I drive my EXPLORER on the road?
In Australia you must not drive your EXPLORER on a public road. Only be driven on private property and private roads.
How often does EXPLORER need to be serviced?
EXPLORER should be serviced every year or every 1000 km.
There is very little required, some oil or WD40 on moving parts, and change the differential oil with 250 ml of SAE80W-90 Gear Oil.
Clean as required with soft brush or cloth and running water and polish with a soft cloth once clean.
Any parts required are able to be obtained by your service agent.
How often should I charge my EXPLORER ?
It is best to charge the EXPLORER battery when it is down to no less than 20% charge (SOC). This is after around 75-85 km driving, depending on several driving factors.
When the voltage drops to about 57.5 volts while driving on the flat hard ground, it is time to recharge. When the resting Voltage (when you first turn the key on) drops to 61.5V it must be charged
When charged, disconnect the charger and use your EXPLORER as soon as possible, the next day if not sooner, to use some of the top charge in the battery, as the special Lithium battery prefers not to be left fully charged.
When in storage, the Lithium battery should be at approximately 62-63 V, half full, or half empty, and make sure the EXPLORER‘s Power / Overload switch is OFF, so there is no chance of accidentally drawing current from the stored battery.
If the battery goes below 49 volts, the BMS (battery management system) will switch off to protect the battery, and the battery will have to be returned to Ronica Trade to try and remedy the situation. There is a 250.00 fee (if successful) to attempt the resurrection, and no guarantees.
What is the average life of an EXPLORER’s battery?
The EXPLORER lithium battery last around 500+ up to 800 cycles. To ensure the battery lasts as long as possible, follow the charging instructions as in the previous question.
Why is a Lithium battery so much better than a Lead-Acid battery?
Firstly, the voltage platform is higher for the EXPLORER Ternary Lithium battery (same as Tesla), and thus there is more power produced by the motor.
Secondly, the power available (power density) is much greater, making the battery much lighter, and thirdly the power is able to be delivered faster, and fourthly it can deliver the full power to the end of its cycle of use, 100 – 20 % SOC.
Lastly, the ideal temperature for all batteries is 25 C. Temperature limits are, for Lead Acid 0-+35 C, for the Mini EV Lithium battery it is -20-+45 C. Temperatures over 35 C severely damage lead acid batteries.
What is the running cost of an EXPLORER ?
The electric power cost for the EXPLORER is approximately 1.7 cents/km.
As in all electric vehicle devices, it is the cost of the battery that is the expensive part.
The total running cost of an EXPLORER is about 17 cent/km plus any servicing.
Can I use other batteries in my EXPLORER ?
You could use other types of battery in an EXPLORER, but the type installed is by far the best for the job, as explained above.
We recommend to only install the correct battery available from your dealer or directly from Ronica Trade.
What is the correct to connect the power to the charger?
Operation Instructions :
Connect outlet plug of the charger to the EXPLORER.
Connect the inlet plug of the charger to AC power socket, and when or if connected, turn the power switch on.
When the indicator light is RED it is charging (sometimes this maybe flashing at around one second intervals). When GREEN it is fully charged.
Charging time is proportional to the power required to fully charge the battery, and that is what was used since the last charging.
To disconnect the charger, turn off or remove the charger input plug from the AC power supply.
Remove the charger outlet plug from the EXPLORER.
Do not use outside in the sun, rain or damp
Do not use in dusty conditions
Do not place on inflammable materials
Do not drop
Ensure the correct charger is used for correct battery type and capacity.
Some chargers have different colour light sequences, please check and note when first using.