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NextEV NIO To Launch Two Electric SUVs In China

December 2, 2016 by Joey Wang

NextEV NIO To Launch Two Electric SUVs In China

Last month NexEV launched the NIO brand and the EP9 electric supercar, which will be made in a small series for a lot of money. The EP9 will serve as a halo model for the rest of the range. The range will consists of SUVs, MPVs and a sedan.

First up are two SUVs, code named the NIO ES8 and the NIO ES9. Above photo was taken in NextEV’s design center in Germany, showing an early model of the EP9 under cover and three SUVs in the background; a Volvo XC90, a BMW X5, and a Range Rover Sport.

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Oh No Is Chinese EV Startup WM Motors Just A Big Photoshop?

December 2, 2016 by Joey Wang

Oh No Is Chinese EV Startup WM Motors Just A Big Photoshop?

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Images via Electrek.

Earlier this week we had a big story about another new Chinese EV startup. It is called WM Motors and was founded by an ex-Geely man called Freeman Shen and co-founded by a man named Napoleon Du. No kidding. The company released renderings of four cars they said they were going to build. The four included an SUV. Electrek had a funny feeling and found out that the SUV images were photoshopped over promotional pictures of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

WM Motors didn’t even bother to change the scenery or the wheels! The work done on the car is not bad, and whoever did this is certainly a skilled photoshopper. But Mr. Sam Sun, this is not design!

Naturally, one Photoshop does not mean the whole company is a fake but it sure is not a good sign. It also makes us very curious about their other vehicles:

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Lucid Motors To Build A 900 HP Tesla Killer But Does It Have Enough Cash?

December 1, 2016 by Joey Wang

Lucid Motors To Build A 900 HP Tesla Killer But Does It Have Enough Cash

Lucid Motors is another upstart with grandiose plans. It says it will start production of a Tesla-beating hyper sedan in 2018, in a brand new $700 million factory in Arizona. The company showed a development mule, which looks surprisingly ready, on an event in Los Angeles last month.

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New Chinese Car Brand: WM Motors To Bring EVs To The Masses [updated]

November 29, 2016 by W.E. Ning

New Chinese Car Brand: WM Motors To Bring EVs To The Masses

A new car brand is born in China: WM Motors, headquartered in Shanghai with a factory in Suzhou. They are going to make a series of affordable mass market electric vehicles. The specifically say that they are not aiming at Tesla but at the mainstream market instead. They will make a sedan, a wagon, an SUV and an MPV.

[updated: they have been photoshopping!]

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Green Lord Motors Invades Hong Kong With The GLM-G4 Electric Supercar

November 29, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Green Lord Motors Invades Hong Kong With The GLM-G4 Electric Supercar

Green Lord Motors has arrived in Hong Kong with their GLM-G4 electric supercar. Green Lord Motors, or GLM for short, is a Japanese engineering company. They were closely involved in the development of the crazy TommyKaira ZZ open sport scar, they are working with Chinese company Singulato to develop a range of electric SUVs, and now they have launched their GLM-G4.

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Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz: “Jia Yueting doesn’t have any money”.

November 28, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz: "Jia Yueting doesn't have any money".

More trouble for Jia Yueting, the founder and CEO of LeEco, the main backer of Faraday Future (FF). Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz has been very blunt about the company in an interview last week with China Daily.

In the interview, which hasn’t been picked up by international media yet, Schwartz says, among other things, that “Jia doesn’t have any money.” Chinese media are talking about a “crisis of confidence”.

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The Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia Horki 300EV Is Finally Ready For China

November 24, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

The Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia Horki 300EV Is Finally Ready For China

This is the new Horki 300E, an compact electric sedan, it was unveiled on the 2016 Guangzhou Auto. The 300E is based on the ancient first generation Kia Cerato, which is still in production in China. But the Horki has a different front with a shiny grille and big headlights.

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Eye To Eye With The Hanergy Solar-R Solar Powered Car From China

November 24, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Eye To Eye With The Hanergy Solar-R Solar Powered Car From China

Hanergy launched four solar-powered concept cars in July, but I hadn’t seen any in person yet. Happily, the company had a booth on the Guangzhou Auto Show, showing the sporty Hanergy Solar R. It has solar panels on the hood, on the roof, on the entire rear deck, and on the surfaces besides the side windows

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Beijing Auto EC180 EV Launched On The Guangzhou Auto Show

November 24, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto EC180 EV Launched On The Guangzhou Auto Show

This is the new Beijing Auto EC180, it debuted on the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in China, sporting a trendy black bonnet and blue headlights lenses. The EC180 is a compact electric car, it will be launched on the Chinese auto market in the second quarter of 2017.

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Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi EnLight Electric Supercar Lightens Up The Guangzhou Auto Show

November 22, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi EnLight Electric Supercar Lightens Up The Guangzhou Auto Show

The spectacular Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi EnLight electric supercar concept was unveiled at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The machine looked properly manic, painted in matte silver and blue, with a carbon fiber tub, and with huge gull wing doors attached to the B-pillar.

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