Dartz, a specialist SUV manufacturer from Latvia, teamed up in 2020 with a yet-to-be-disclosed Chinese company to revive historic Russian brand Freze as a modern electric-vehicle company.
Last week the revived Freze unveiled its first model, a humble battery-electric hatchback called the Nikrob EV. It will be sold in a handful of European countries with a starting price of 9,999 euros (approximately $12,000), making it one of the most affordable EVs currently in production.
For this you get a two-door hatch with a big enough battery to cover about 120 miles on a charge. Dartz hasn’t provided technical details but there’s likely to be only a single electric motor powering the front axle.
The Freze hasn’t been developed from scratch, however. It’s actually based on the Hongguang Mini EV from Chinese automaker Wuling. The Wuling version has an electric motor up front good for 17.4 hp, and the choice of