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

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Spotted in China: the Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi

February 27, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi

A brand new Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi, Spotted in China in the Fengtai District in Beijing. The taxi is based on the sedan version of the Senova EV200 hatchback, which in turn is based on the petrol-powered Senova D20.

The Senova EV200 electric taxi is part of a pilot project consisting of 500 cars that will be put to work in the southern suburbs of Beijing. The project is a continuation of a similar scheme with 200 Beijing Auto E150EV (the predecessor of the EV200) that started last year in the north eastern suburbs.

The new project was announced on the very last day of 2014 but it hasn’t officially started yet. The example I found in Fangzhuang is probably one of the first cars to hit the road.

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How to illegally charge a Tesla Model S in China

February 26, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

How to illegally charge a Tesla Model S in China

Just yesterday we explained that Tesla has far too few Supercharger stations in China, and that if you have a Tesla anywhere west or anywhere country, you have a huge problem charging it. An innovative Tesla owner riding up mountain near Chengdu in Sichuan Province found a suitable solution: tapping juice from the public electricity network, which is cabled on giant concrete poles.

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Tesla in China Part 2: the Problem about Supercharging stations

February 25, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Tesla in China Part 2: the Problem about Supercharging stations

Nothing to charge here.

This is Part 2 in our series about the problems Tesla is facing in China. Part 1, about stores and service centers, was published on February 11. Today we take a look at Tesla’s Supercharger network in China, which is far too small to cover the whole country. How many stations do they have now, and why don’t they have more?

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Eye to Eye with the Qianli Sea Turtle mini EV from China

January 29, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Eye to Eye with the Qianli Sea Turtle mini EV from China

This is the Qianli Sea Turtle mini EV, Spotted in China in the wild east Dongba area. The Sea Turtle is a tiny electric car from China, looking rather interesting with its streamlined body, giant windscreen, wide wheel arches in Beetle style, and perfectly round headlights. Flower power stickers are an addition by the owner.

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This is the new FAW Oley EV from China

January 26, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

This is the new FAW Oley EV from China

This is the new FAW Oley EV, an electric car from China based on the FAW Oley hatchback. ‘Oley’ is a sub-brand under First Auto Works (FAW), one of China’s largest automakers. Factory price for the Oley EV will start at 219.900 yuan ($35.137). Price after green-car subsidies by central and local governments will end up around 129.000 yuan, making the Oley EV a direct competitor of the recently launched Beijing Auto Senova EV200.

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Introducing the Henan Ou Huang Electric Classic Car

January 15, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Henan Ou Huang Electric Classic Car

This is the majestic Henan Ou Huang Electric Classic Car, featuring shiploads of chrome, and endless bonnet, and a Rolls-Royce grille. The Electric Classic Car is a truly gigantic electric car, measuring a full 5.5 meters in length, 1.9 wide, and 1.5 high. The vehicle was designed to look like a 1925-1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, one of the most famous Rollers of all time.

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Beijing turns Street Lamps into charging stations for Elecric Cars

January 14, 2015 by W.E. Ning

Beijing turns Street Lamps into charging stations for Elecric Cars

The biggest hurdle facing electric cars in China is the lack of charging stations on public roads. The government is aware of the problem and is looking for creative solutions, like using street poles. Beijing has launched a pilot project to transform street lamps to serve as charging poles for electric cars.

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Spotted in China: Rayttle E28 EV is not a Renault Twizy

January 12, 2015 by W.E. Ning

Spotted in China: Rayttle E28 EV is not a Renault Twizy

An orange Rayttle E28 mini EV, Spotted in China in the capital Beijing by Reader MB4Ever, thank you for the pictures! The Rayttle is a new Chinese two-seat electric vehicle for in the cities, looking an awful lot like a complete clone of the Renault Twizy from France. Just behind the E28, on the right side, stands a yellow Dayang Chock, another electric mini car.

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Spotted in China: the Lichi A01 EV

January 10, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Lichi A01 EV

This is the Lichi A01 EV, Spotted in China in the faraway Dongba area in east Beijing. The Lichi A01 is a hip two-seat electric vehicle aimed at a young audience living in the city. It loox kinda wild with super wide wheel arches, a large chromed grille sitting in a black front, sleek headlights just under the windshield, giant mirrors, and sporty six-spoke matte gray alloys.

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Yema T70 EV will hit the Chinese auto market in April

January 5, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Yema T70 EV will hit the Chinese auto market in April

This is the Yema T70 EV, an electric car for China based on the petrol powered Yema T70 SUV. The T70 EV is scheduled for launch on the Chinese car market in April, just one month after the planned launch of the much-delayed T70. Yema says pre-production of the T70 EV has started in a brand new factory in Mianyang in Sichuan Province with a capacity of 120.000 cars a year.

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