News on green-tech development in the Chinese car industry; electric cars, hybrids, government subsidies and more.

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Facelifted BYD Qin Will Get A Tesla Style Touch Screen

June 28, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Facelifted BYD Qin Will Get A Tesla Style Touch Screen

Spy Shots of the interior of the facelifted BYD Qin plug-in hybrid show a brand new dashboard with a giant Tesla-like touch screen in the middle. It seems slightly smaller, narrower in particular, than the 17 inch screen of the Tesla Model S. The instrument binnacle and center tunnel are all new too.

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Spy Shots: Facelift For The BYD Qin In China

June 21, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Facelift For The BYD Qin In China

BYD is working on a facelift for the Qin plug-in hybrid sport sedan, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q3. The facelift includes a new grille, a new rear bumper, new badges, and blue wheels!

The facelift comes at a curious moment; in April BYD launched the Qin EV300, a full-electric version of the Qin, which is based on the non-facelifted car. Are they going to facelift that one too, just two months after launch..?

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Working On Electric Mini Car For China

June 20, 2016 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Working On Electric Mini Car For China

Spy Shots showing a new electric mini car for China by Beijing Auto. It doesn’t seem quite finished yet, check the tape on the A-pillar and the simple gray dash, but it will be launched on the Chinese car market sometime late this year. The yet nameless vehicle will be manufactured by BAIC BJEV, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC) that makes electric cars.

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Changhe Goes Electric With The Beidouxing E

June 20, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Changhe Goes Electric With The Beidouxing E

When Beijing Auto bought Change in 2013 it was widely expected that the old Changhe-Suzuki joint venture would die. But it didn’t. They are still making cars, including the Beidouxing, which is based on the Wagon R+. Changhe will now use that car for a new electric vehicle called the Beidouxing E.

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Chery Goes Electric With The @Ant

June 20, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery Goes Electric With The @Ant

Chery is working on a small electric mini car for China, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q4. It is called the @Ant. This ultra hip name has been used before, on two innovative concept cars:

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Eye To Eye With The Beijing Auto EU260 EV In China

June 12, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Eye To Eye With The Beijing Auto EU260 In China

This is the Beijing Auto EU260, a new electric sedan from China, sporting an enclosed grille with trendy blue lines, because green = blue. The EU160 is an electric variant of the Beijing Auto Senova D50.

The EU260 is manufactured by BAIC BJEV, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC) that makes electric cars.

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First Tesla Model X Spotted On The Road In China

June 6, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

First Tesla Model X On The Road In China

The very first Tesla Model X has been seen on the road in China, pictured here in the wet in the great and rainy city of Shanghai. This particular car is a 90D, painted in a blue kind of silver and fitted with privacy glass around the rear compartment. The Model X was launched on the Chinese car market in early May and deliveries will start late this month.

The 90D retails for 961,000 yuan, the P90D for 1.15 million yuan, and the China-only Signature Red does a whopping 1.47 million yuan. That translates to $147,000, $176,000, and $225,000 respectively. For comparison, in the U.S. the 95D costs $95,500 and the P90D $115,500.

The enormous difference is caused partly by import taxes, counting for about one third of the price, and partly by healthy entrepreneurship. Chinese car buyers are very eager to pay more to get their hands on a Model X, and Tesla is well aware of that.

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Spy Shots: The New Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 60H

May 23, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: The New Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 60H

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.

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10 New Electric Cars From China

May 19, 2016 by Joey Wang

10 New Electric Cars From China

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:

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BYD Yuan SUV Goes Electric In China

May 17, 2016 by W.E. Ning

BYD Yuan SUV Goes Electric In China

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.

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