The Audi A3 Sportback etron will be launched in China late this month, but not everywhere. Initially it will only sell in the cities of Beijing and Chengdu, with the rest of the country scheduled to follow later this year. The A3 etron will be imported into China, unlike the regular petrol-powered Sportback which is manufactured locally by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.
The funky Zhi Dou D2 electric car has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price including all green-car subsidies is 49.800 yuan ($8018). The total subsidy of the D2 is an astonishing 109.000 yuan ($17.550), made up of various incentives by the central and by local governments.
This is the new Maxus EG10, an electric vehicle based on the petrol-powered Maxus G10 MPV. The EG10 is one of the largest electric vehicles developed by a local Chinese automaker so far. It will be launched on the Chinese car market in early 2016 for about 230.000 yuan including green-car subsidies.
This is the new Changan Oushang EV, an electric vehicle based on the upcoming petrol-powered Changan Oushang MPV. The Oushang EV will be launched on the Chinese car market in early 2016. Price is expected to start around 150.000 yuan including all green-car subsidies.
New Spy Shots of the upcoming GeelyEmgrand EC7 Hybrid, based on the petrol-powered Geely Emgrand EC7 sedan. The EC7 Hybrid will be the first mass-produced hybrid for the Geely brand, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4. Blue line in the grille because blue = green.
The U.S.-based online taxi-hailing service Uber has signed a deal in China to co-operate a fleet of green-energy taxi ‘limousines’ in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province under the ‘UberGreen’ name. The logistics and drivers will be handled by a local company called ‘Green New Energy Limousine Service’ and the vehicles will be provided by Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile.
Buyers of a Tesla Model S will get a free license plate in the Chinese city of Tianjin, opening the way for more Tesla sales in one of the largest and richest port cities in China, and also the port of entry for all cars arriving from the United States, including Tesla’s.
A Chinese man from the great city of Shenyang in Liaoning Province has made a wooden electric car, a sporty roadster styled pretty much like an Excalibur. It took the 49-year old carpenter Liu Fulong three months to build the vehicle from scratch. Liu’s trade-mark ‘thumbs up’ ornament stands proudly on the bonnet.