This is the new Zinoro 60H for China. Zinoro is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture making new-energy vehicles (NEV’s). Their first car was the lease-only Zinoro 1E, based on the old BMW X1. The 1E will be discontinued. The new Zinoro 60H is the production version of the Zinoro Next concept, it is based on the new long wheelbase BMW X1 Li.
The market for electric cars in China is booming, supported by subsidies and other incentives like free license plates and free parking places and public charging stations are now popping up everywhere. In 2015 sales of new-energy vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrids) stood at 188,700 units, up a staggering 223% compared to 2015.
Subsidies can be as high as $13,800, making NEVs attractive for a large audience, and that in turn attracts more automakers. There were more than 50 new NEV’s on display at last month’s Beijing Auto Show; here are the ten most interesting full-electric examples:
Local Chinese automakers are launching more EV’s in one week than the rest of the world in one year. The latest addition to the buzzing fleet is the BYD Yuan EV, a full electric variant of the BYD Yuan SUV. The Yuan EV will be launched on the Chinese car market in H2 for about 150.000 yuan.
With all the hype surrounding the Haval SUV brand one could be forgiven to forget that Great Wall Motors is still selling a flock of sedans and hatchbacks under the Great Wall brand (Voleex is long dead). One of these sedans is the Great Wall C30, and it is going electric. Note blue bar in the grille. Blue = green.
The LeSEE Super EV beats Tesla Model S with faster acceleration from 0-100 km/h, more distance per charge and it has a higher speed at its fastest point.
Jia Yueting, CEO of LeEco.
The LeSEE electric sedan was one of the hottest cars at the Beijing Auto Show. It is widely described as the “Chinese Tesla killer”, and the company has stated that it has Tesla in its sights. We have heard that one before. So does the LeSEE have what it takes?
This is the new Beijing Auto EH400, a full-size electric sedan for China dressed up with a bit of blue in the grille, because blue = green. The EH400 debuted late last month on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. It will cost around 200.000 yuan after green-car subsidies, but it is unclear when it will hit the market, if ever.
This is the new Qoros 3 Q•LECTRIC sedan. It is a concept previewing two things: the upcoming Qoros 3 Sedan Crossover, based on the Qoros 3 Sedan, and an electric version of that crossover. The exterior is dressed up with turquoise decorations, a closed grille, a mostly closed bumper, and a shipload of EV badges.
This is the Beijing Auto ArcFox-1 concept car, a small convertible with wide black wheel arches and trendy blue decorations. The ArcFox-1 previews a future electric city car, just think a roof on and you got it. The ‘ArcFox’ name is going to be a new brand making fashionable electric cars, as opposed to cheap electric cars. ArcFox also showed a wild electric supercar which might see production in s small series.
Zhiche Auto brought one of their new electric SUV’s to the Beijing Auto Show, so we could have a good look at it. The vehicle, it doesn’t really have a name yet, stood on the stand of design firm IAT, the same company that gave it the Karlmann King. The Ziche, as I will call from now, looked remarkable solid for a concept car, and everything worked.
This is the Lingyun Two-seater, arguably one of the most crazy and most interesting concept cars on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. And that is not only because it is electric, not only because it has a beautiful streamlined body, but also by the fact that it has… only two wheels, one up front and one at the rear.