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

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova B70 EV for the Chinese auto market

July 8, 2014 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova B70 EV for the Chinese auto market

This is the new Beijing Auto Senova B70 BEV, a battery electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto Senova B70, formerly known as the Beijing Auto D-Series. The Senova B70 is based on the old Saab 9-5. Saab however never manufactured an EV-version of the 9-5, the BEV is developed solely by Beijing Auto.

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Spotted in China: the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E

July 3, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

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This is the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E, Spotted in China in Beijing by Reader MB4Ever, thank you for the pictures! Zinoro, Zhinuo in Chinese, is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture focused on building electric cars. The 1E is their first car, a full-electric vehicle based on the BMW X1.

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This is the Venucia e30 EV for the China car market

June 4, 2014 by W.E. Ning

This is the Venucia e30 EV for the China car market

This is the new Venucia e30 EV, ready for its launch on the China car market in September. Venucia is a sub-brand of the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture, and the Venucia e30 is based on the Nissan Leaf. This makes Nissan the first automaker to launch a fully modern EV under a sub-brand in China. Other automakers, most notably Volkswagen with Kaili and BMW with Zinoro, prefer to work with outdated technology.

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Going after the Car again: China to “eliminate” 5.33 million vehicles

June 2, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Going after the Car again: China to "eliminate" 5.33 million vehicles

The Chinese government has announced plans to “eliminate’ 5.33 million very-polluting vehicles in a bit to fight air pollution. Most cars will be killed in Beijing and surrounding provinces, with 330.000 cars slated for destruction in the capital and 660.000 in Hebei Province.

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Venucia e30 will be launched on the China car market in September

June 2, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Venucia e30 will be launched on the China car market in September

The Venucia e30 EV will be launched on the China car market in September and that is much earlier than previously expected. Venucia is a sub-brand of the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture, and the Venucia e30 is based on the Nissan Leaf. The e30 debuted as the ‘Venucia E-Concept’ on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and re-appeared as the Venucia e30 on the Shanghai Auto Show in April last year.

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Patent Applied: new bus for BYD

May 30, 2014 by Joey Wang

Patent Applied: new bus for BYD

BYD has applied for patent on a new mid-size passenger bus, about the size of a Toyota Coaster. It is most likely electric, with the batteries stored in the boxes on the roof. The new bus looks rather futuristic with the design around the headlights mimicking the BYD Qin and BYD Tang road cars.

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Spy Shots: Geely GLEagle Panda goes electric in China

May 27, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Geely GLEagle Panda goes electric in China

Spy shots showing the new Geely GLEagle Panda EV, a full-electric vehicle based on the patrol-powered Geely GLEagle Panda sub-compact hatchback. The Panda EV will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September and launch on the China car market in Q4.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto D70 EV is Ready for the China car market

May 22, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto D70 EV is Ready for the China car market

Where some Saabs keep dying, others live on. This is the new Beijing Auto Shenbao EV, a full-electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto D70, formerly known as the Beijing Auto D-Series, which again is based on the last-generation Saab 9-5. Beijing Auto bought the rights to the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 from GM in 2009.

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This map shows why Tesla will not make its 5,000 unit target in China anytime soon.

May 20, 2014 by Bertel Schmitt

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In what we thought as a mostly adulatory article, Tycho wrote last week that boundless demand for Tesla’s Model S fuels the grey marketing activities of Tianjin car dealers. I followed it up with the fawning prediction that, based on the high demand and on what Chinese customers are ready to pay more ($13,000 above list) just to get their Model S now, I see no reason why Tesla can’t make its target of selling 5,000 of their electric cars this year in China. In the no good deed going unpunished dept., Tesla’s new China spokesperson Peggy Yang (she was just hired away from Volkswagen) took issue with the story.

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Buyers of a Tesla Model S will get a Free License Plate in Shanghai, China

May 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Buyers of a Tesla Model S will get a Free License Plate in Shanghai, China

Buyers of a Tesla Model S will get a free license plate in Shanghai, opening the way for Tesla sales in one of the largest and richest cities in China. Normally, buyers of a new car need to bid for a license plate on a government-organized auction, an attempt by the Shanghai municipal government to control the number of new cars on the road in a bid to battle pollution and traffic jams. Price of a license can go up to 15.000 USD.

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