Published on January 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
Beijing City has added 200 electric taxis to its taxi fleet. The Beijing Auto E150EV taxis, based on the Beijing Auto E-series, will operate in Shunyi District to the northeast of Beijing proper. The project is chaired by the Shunyi District Department of Transportation, a government agency. The district has built a ‘New energy electric taxi operation center’ with 210 parking lots and 110 fast-charging points. The center is visible in the background.
Another 154 electric-taxi-only parking lots and 31 fast-charging points will be build throughout the district during this year. As for now, the taxis will only accept passengers traveling within Shunyi District, as there are no proper charging facilities anywhere else. The taxis will be busy anyway; Shunyi District has an area of 1,020 square kilometers (390 sq mi) and a population of about one million.
In the faraway future Beijing City wants to have 20 ‘new energy electric taxi operation centers’, so passengers can travel anywhere on electric power.
Published on January 6, 2014 by W.E. Ning
Spy Shots showing the production version of the Beijing Auto Senova D-Series EV, it will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of this year. The Senova EV will be available to all and won’t be another limited-production pilot project.
Beijing Auto plans to make 10.000 cars this year and 20.000 in 2015. Price will start around 300.000 yuan but green-car subsidies by central and local governments will bring that down to about 235.000 yuan. Power comes from an electric motor with an output of 55hp and 127nm, good for a 130km/h top speed. Range is 150km. The electricity is stored in a lithium-ion battery.
Published on December 24, 2013 by W.E. Ning
The new BYD ‘Tang’ hybrid super SUV will be launched on the China car market in late 2014, debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in November next year. Price of the Tang will start around 300.000 yuan. Green-car subsidies of central and local governments will bring price down to about 265.000 yuan.
The Tang will be powered by BYD’s new DMII dual mode hybrid-drive system mating a petrol engine with an electric motor. The petrol engine will be a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder with 205hp and 320nm. The electric motor is the same unit as in the recently launched BYD Qin sedan; delivering 149hp and 200nm. Combined output of the power train in the Tang will be 354hp and 420nm.
The Tang will be based on the upcoming BYD S7 SUV that will be powered by the 2.0 turbo petrol.
Published on December 20, 2013 by Joey Wang
The very first Spy Shots of the new Chery E5 Hybrid, based on the existing petrol powered Chery E5 sedan. The Chery E5 Hybrid will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of next year.
Published on December 18, 2013 by W.E. Ning
Another Chinese city has joined the anti-car club. The port city of Tianjin will restrict traffic and limit the number of new-car license plates in a bid to get more cars off the road to battle pollution and traffic jams. The measures will hurt car owners and the local auto sector.
The city will impose quota on its new car plates starting next Monday, requiring buyers to join lottery or bid in auctions to win a plate, according to a notice issued by the city government on Sunday evening.
Published on December 18, 2013 by Joey Wang
New spy shots of the BMW i8 testing in China. This particular test car has been riding the roads of Beijing for a while. Earlier on we met it in the suburbs and this time it seems to be in the center of town. The BMW i8 will be launched on the China car market in early 2014 and BMW apparently wants to make sure it behaves well on Chinese roads.
Published on December 12, 2013 by Joey Wang
The new BMW i3, seen here on spy shots testing in China, will be launched on the Chinese car market later this month. It will be very expensive. Price in China will start around 600.000 yuan or 98.000 US dollar. Pre-sale price in the United States start around 45.000 US dollar. It is hard to see why there is such a gap. Import taxes on electric cars are very low and there are no other hidden taxes for EV’s. Does BMW want to make a few extra bucks in China, selling the hyped i3 for too much money to eager Chinese car buyers? It certainly seems so…
Published on December 1, 2013 by Joey Wang
Spy shots showing the upcoming Great Wall C20R EV testing in China. The Great Wall C20R EV is an electric vehicle based on the Great Wall C20R hatchback. The C20R EV will debut on the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of 2014.
Published on October 30, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the brand new Zinoro 1E, a full-electric car based on the BMW X1. Zinoro, Zhinuo in Chinese, is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture focused on building electric cars and the 1E is their first baby. Debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in late November, and it will be launched on the China car market in the first half of 2014 for about 400.000 yuan (65.000 USD) without subsidies.
Published on September 27, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Great Wall has applied for patent on the production version of the Kulla EV concept that debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show in April. Chinese media say that Great Wall has decided to build the Kulla, with production expected to start sometime late next year.