LETIN Mengo is ready for deliveries

Launching ceremony of the LETIN Mengo
Launching ceremony of the LETIN Mengo

The production of the LETIN Mengo started last month with first units rolling off the production line. Now, this small A-segment electric car that seats 4 persons is ready for first deliveries.

Powered by LFP (LiFePO4) batteries, this cute electric car has a starting price of 29.800 yuan (3.815 euros). This is exactly the same starting price of the Changan Benben E-Star.



Let’s see more details.


Entry version

  • Length: 3.620 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.440 mm
  • Width: 1.610 mm
  • Height: 1.525 mm
  • Number of seats: 4
  • Tire specifications: 165/65 R14
  • Motor: 25 kW and 105 N.m of torque
  • DC fast charging: not available
  • On-board charging: 6-8 hours (20-100 %)
  • Range: 130 km (NEDC) and around 100 km in WLTP
  • Consumption: 9,5 kWh/100 km (NEDC)
  • Battery capacity: 11,52 kWh (LFP chemistry)
  • Starting price: 29.800 yuan (3.792 euros)


Mid version

  • Length: 3.620 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.440 mm
  • Width: 1.610 mm
  • Height: 1.525 mm
  • Number of seats: 4
  • Tire specifications: 165/65 R14
  • Motor: 25 kW and 105 N.m of torque
  • DC fast charging: not available
  • On-board charging: 9-10 hours (20-100 %)
  • Range: 185 km (NEDC) and around 140 km in WLTP
  • Consumption: 10 kWh/100 km (NEDC)
  • Battery capacity: 17,28 kWh (LFP chemistry)
  • Starting price: 39.900 yuan (5.107 euros)


Top version

  • Length: 3.620 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2.440 mm
  • Width: 1.610 mm
  • Height: 1.525 mm
  • Number of seats: 4
  • Tire specifications: 165/65 R14
  • Motor: 35 kW and 125 N.m of torque
  • DC fast charging: 30 minutes (30-80 %)
  • On-board charging: 11-13 hours (20-100 %)
  • Range: 300 km (NEDC) and around 220 km in WLTP
  • Consumption: 10,9 kWh/100 km (NEDC)
  • Battery capacity: 29,44 kWh (LFP chemistry)
  • Starting price: 49.900 yuan (6.388 euros)





It was the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV that proved that small electric cars can be extremely popular when priced right, but now better options are available. The LETIN Mengo not only looks much better, it also has better specs.

Nowadays, electric cars like the LETIN Mengo or the Leapmotor T03 make the Dacia Spring – that is also made in China – look grossly overpriced in Europe. Don’t you agree?


Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

12 Responses

  1. Famlin says:

    Thats fantastic. Call it small crossover. Right sized for 4 passengers. Can you please provide the interior volume in liters.
    Nice to see another LFP battery. We have 3 cars in the sub euro 4.000 / $5.000 range. Letin Mengo, Changan Benben, Wuling Miniev.
    Best part of Mengo & Benben is: 5 door/4 passenger vehicles while Miniev is 3 door/2+2 passenger. Hoping to see many more vehicles like this.

    Time for LNMO to take notice while NCx should do something to reduce cobalt content.
    euro 3792($4626): 130 km (NEDC) / 100 km (WLTP)
    euro 5107($6230): 185 km (NEDC) / 140 km (WLTP)
    euro 6388($7793): 300 km (NEDC) / 220 km (WLTP)

    • Mike/Liverpool says:

      Very good move, but still not quite there for euro tastes…….i think MG is going to shock everyone when it rolls out the next gen MG3. I suspect this will be just what everyone is looking for

    • Leo B says:

      The cheapest of the “cheap Chinese mini EV’s” is the Lingbao (Lingbox) Coco. It sells for 26.800 yuan and you get a 20 kW motor, 120 km of NEDC-range and 4 doors/4 seats.

  2. Tyler Sanders says:

    This car actually looks quiet good.

  3. yoyo says:

    No redilicouls oversized rims sucking up resources and efficiency…
    No redilicouls sized tires emitting lots of plastic particulate matter that ends up in the air and water…
    No redilicouls performance because 0-60 in 3 seconds is entirely not green…
    No redilicouls 2 or 3 TON weight like a Tesla mining out the side of a mountain…

    This is what green cars look like not faux green multi TON high performance luxury vehicle Teslas.
    As much as I like BYD they seem to try and go the Tesla way with cars and not small and efficient at a great price…

    A car brand I haven’t heard of…
    Looks like they were a LSEV company and then bought an established auto/bus company called Yema and then created this brand in 2019…
    Wish them well…

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Agree, but at least BYD produces electric buses.

      I wonder how long will it take for the small BYD e1 get a refresh and LFP battery.

    • Leo B says:

      The company is Bidewen (Byvin) Industry, actually one of the larger LSEV manufacturers. They started out with e-bikes in the early 2000’s and moved to LSEV’s around 2010. They have several brand names, but Levdeo was the best known one. Late last year Levdeo renamed itself Letin. I believe this car will also available under the Yema brand.

      About LSEV’s, China is to adopt a new set of regulations this year that will have a serious impact on the sector. So far these vehicles are unregulated and can be used without drivers license, but that’s about to end. The main points of the proposal are:

      • LSEV’s will be part of China’s New Car Catalogue as “micro low-speed pure electric passenger vehicles”.
      • Max. 4 seats.
      • Max. top speed 70 kph (min: 40 kph).
      • Max. size 3500x1500x1700 mm
      • Max. kerb weight 750 kg
      • Battery: more than 70 Wh/kg, lead-acid not allowed
      • Crash requirements as normal cars, only front impact speed reduced to 40 kph (from 65 kph I believe).
      • Not eligible for NEV-credits or subsidies.
      • Some drivers license required, not known yet which kind (moped/moto/car).

      Analists say this will push the price of LSEV’s very close to the price of Mini EV’s. Most problematic is the drivers license requirement, especially when a car license will be needed.

      • Pedro Lima says:

        It’s always great to read your insights, thanks Leo!

        Hopefully new regulations will make these small electric cars safer, then they can be exported to other continents without problems.

        The Pocco Meimei looks pretty good, better than the smart EQ fortwo currently sold in Europe.


        • Leo B says:

          Thanks, Pedro.
          Pengke (Pocco) is a brand of Yogomo Group. It used to sell LSEV’s under the Yogomo or YGM brand. Then it set up a joint venture with Great Wall Motors with the name Lingtu (Linktour), which failed miserably after Great Wall created ORA. Fortunately Yogomo’s LSEV business survived and now they’re back with the Pocco car brand. The 2-seater Meimei will be joined later this year by the 4-seat Duoduo and micro-MPV Lala.

          The LSEV regulations are partly designed to make the vehicles safer. Crash test requirements will be same as regular cars. Only the speed for the front impact test is reduced to minimum allowed top speed of 40 kph.

          • Pedro Lima says:


            I’ll investigate more on the differences between the Euro NCAP and C-NCAP. I really want to see small but safe electric cars get more common in Europe.

          • Leo B says:

            I think Euro-NCAP and C-NCAP use the same impact tests nowadays. The criteria for the number of stars and the importance of ADAS-systems may differ however. The NCAP program is a consumer oriented program by the FIA, these are not the regulatory tests, although the protocols may be similar (I don’t know).

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