$1,700 Electric Mini Dump Truck
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how to describe this thing. If a riding lawn mower and a dump truck gave birth to an illegitimate child in an electrical storm, this would probably be it. The quirky vehicle has the maneuverability of a shopping cart mixed with the utility of a wheelbarrow.
It’s everything I could want in a single-seat electric dump truck, especially since I didn’t even know the category existed until I stumbled upon this miracle little truck. But now that it’s lifted its stocky head above the tall grass and risen to the top of the big world out there, it’s officially earned the dubious honor of becoming this week’s Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week.
Even though this guy is small, I think he is full of heart.
The small dump truck (dump truck?) is only 2.85 meters long, or 9 solid feet. But as the old saying goes: it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it.
And with a ton of capacity, you could get a lot out of this little guy – although it would take a serious chunk of confidence to ride past your friends on the jobsite on this buggy.
There’s 420 liters (15 cubic feet) of space in there to haul a literal ton of anything you can fit in it. Sure, that’s a bit less cargo space than a Tesla Model 3’s frunk. But does your frunk come with a hydraulic dump function?
* crosses his arms* Then I rest my case.
There are two 48V motors on the small truck, one for the drive wheels and one for the hydraulic dumper. The drive motor is rated at 1,150W, while the hydraulic pump gets a 1,200W motor.
I have a sneaky suspicion that the committee that designed this thing asked how big the pump motor should be and someone said, “I don’t know, should probably be bigger than the drive motor.”
Whichever way you cut it, it’s not a very big engine either, but they’re probably adequate for the job at hand. The little truck only reaches a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph), so it’s not going anywhere fast.
And given that it’s almost certainly idle speed, I shudder to think how fast this thing crawls with a few thousand pounds of rock in there.
However, you can’t accuse the manufacturer of skimping on features. Look at everything you get! There’s an upholstered chair that looks like it came from a church youth group, four inflatables so narrow you could clean them in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, and a front fascia that I’m pretty sure I have sketched once in kindergarten.
Although to be fair, that rear cargo area looks just as oversized as the rest of the truck looks underbuilt. There’s a half chance they started with the bed and then had to DIY the rest of the truck after spending most of their budget on reinforced square tubing.
Also, the fact that the sales page has exactly no image of the dumpster in the lowered position makes me start to wonder if it just got stuck that way and they decided to run with it.
Of course, this matter of build quality and design chops could be a matter of perspective. Harley-Davidson may brag about its fancy structural battery in the new LiveWire Del Mar electric motorcycle. But this thing also has a structural battery, at least if “holding the chair up” counts as structural.
I know I gave this little dumper a hard time, but I think you also have to see it in context with its price. For just $1,700 (or $1,400 if you buy a set of 10!), it’s actually starting to look like a bargain. You can barely buy a mid-drive electric bike for that price in the US, let alone a one-ton capacity electric dump truck.
Oh, and if you’re almost sold on this thing but held back because it just felt too stable and balanced, then I’ve got good news: there’s a tricycle version too!
If you ask me, I think I’ll stick with my own mini electric truck that I bought from Alibaba last summer.
I’m not sure it can handle 1 ton of lift capacity like this thing claims, although I’ve had about 700 or 800 pounds of dirt in the rear with no problem.
Watch the clip below to see me make a huge dump in the garden.
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