The Senova EV200 electric taxi is part of a pilot project consisting of 500 cars that will be put to work in the southern suburbs of Beijing. The project is a continuation of a similar scheme with 200 Beijing Auto E150EV (the predecessor of the EV200) that started last year in the north eastern suburbs.
The new project was announced on the very last day of 2014 but it hasn’t officially started yet. The example I found in Fangzhuang is probably one of the first cars to hit the road.
Just yesterday we explained that Tesla has far too few Supercharger stations in China, and that if you have a Tesla anywhere west or anywhere country, you have a huge problem charging it. An innovative Tesla owner riding up mountain near Chengdu in Sichuan Province found a suitable solution: tapping juice from the public electricity network, which is cabled on giant concrete poles.
This is Part 2 in our series about the problems Tesla is facing in China. Part 1, about stores and service centers, was published on February 11. Today we take a look at Tesla’s Supercharger network in China, which is far too small to cover the whole country. How many stations do they have now, and why don’t they have more?
This is the Qianli Sea Turtle mini EV, Spotted in China in the wild east Dongba area. The Sea Turtle is a tiny electric car from China, looking rather interesting with its streamlined body, giant windscreen, wide wheel arches in Beetle style, and perfectly round headlights. Flower power stickers are an addition by the owner.
This is the new FAW Oley EV, an electric car from China based on the FAW Oley hatchback. ‘Oley’ is a sub-brand under First Auto Works (FAW), one of China’s largest automakers. Factory price for the Oley EV will start at 219.900 yuan ($35.137). Price after green-car subsidies by central and local governments will end up around 129.000 yuan, making the Oley EV a direct competitor of the recently launched Beijing Auto Senova EV200.
This is the majestic Henan Ou Huang Electric Classic Car, featuring shiploads of chrome, and endless bonnet, and a Rolls-Royce grille. The Electric Classic Car is a truly gigantic electric car, measuring a full 5.5 meters in length, 1.9 wide, and 1.5 high. The vehicle was designed to look like a 1925-1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, one of the most famous Rollers of all time.
The biggest hurdle facing electric cars in China is the lack of charging stations on public roads. The government is aware of the problem and is looking for creative solutions, like using street poles. Beijing has launched a pilot project to transform street lamps to serve as charging poles for electric cars.
An orange Rayttle E28 mini EV, Spotted in China in the capital Beijing by Reader MB4Ever, thank you for the pictures! The Rayttle is a new Chinese two-seat electric vehicle for in the cities, looking an awful lot like a complete clone of the Renault Twizy from France. Just behind the E28, on the right side, stands a yellow Dayang Chock, another electric mini car.
This is the Lichi A01 EV, Spotted in China in the faraway Dongba area in east Beijing. The Lichi A01 is a hip two-seat electric vehicle aimed at a young audience living in the city. It loox kinda wild with super wide wheel arches, a large chromed grille sitting in a black front, sleek headlights just under the windshield, giant mirrors, and sporty six-spoke matte gray alloys.
This is the Yema T70 EV, an electric car for China based on the petrol powered Yema T70 SUV. The T70 EV is scheduled for launch on the Chinese car market in April, just one month after the planned launch of the much-delayed T70. Yema says pre-production of the T70 EV has started in a brand new factory in Mianyang in Sichuan Province with a capacity of 120.000 cars a year.