Published on April 10, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
This is the brand new CH Auto Event, an all-electric super car concept that will debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle was spotted during a not-very-secret photo shoot. CH Auto is a well-known Chinese design studio, based in the capital Beijing. In 2010 they surprised with the beautiful CH Auto Aculeus and in 2012 they launched the sleek CH Auto Lithia.
Published on April 10, 2014 by W.E. Ning
This is the new JAC iEV5 EV, seen here on a JAC dealer day. The JAC iEV5 will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next month and will launch on the China car market in the second half of 2014. Top speed will be 120km/h and range will be 200 km.
Price will start around 200.000 yuan, but green-car subsidies will bring that down to about 130.000 at the dealer. The JAC iEV5 will be positioned above the recently launched JAC iEV4, which has a top speed of 95 km/h and a range of 160 kilometer.
JAC is so far the only Chinese automaker that is offering two full-electric cars in its passenger car line-up. Even better known BYD only got one, and most of the others got exactly zero.
Published on April 8, 2014 by Joey Wang
The S60L competes with other China-made China-only stretched sedans such as the Audi A4L, the BMW 3Li, and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class L, none of which offers a hybrid, giving Volvo an unique selling point in a hard battled market.
The S60L Hybrid will be powered by a 200hp 2.0 turbo petrol engine mated to a 67hp electric motor. The combination petrol-electric is unique for China, as Volvo only offers a diesel-electric hybrid in the rest of the world. Price of the Volvo S60L Hybrid will start around 320.000 yuan.
Published on April 5, 2014 by Joey Wang
The very first official photo of the BYD Tang super SUV, scheduled to debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show later this month. The BYD Tang is a hybrid SUV based on the upcoming BYD S7, which again is based on the good old BYD S6.
Published on March 28, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
The very first picture of the upcoming JAC iEV5, seen here on a JAC dealer meeting. The iEV5 is a new electric vehicle. It will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and it will be launched on the China car market in 2015. Top speed will be 120km/h and range will be 200 km/h.
Price will start around 200.000 yuan, but green-car subsidies will bring that down to about 130.000 at the dealer. JAC is very serious about electric cars. The announcement of the iEV5 comes less than a month after the launch on the JAC iEV4, which has a top speed of 95 km/h and a range of 160 kilometer.
Published on March 24, 2014 by W.E. Ning
The Volkswagen e-up! EV will be launched on the China car market in the second half of the year. The Volkswagen e-up is the electric variant of the Volkswagen up! which is currently not sold in China. The e-up! is powered by an electric motor with a peak power of 82hp and 210nm. Top speed is 135km/h and 0-100 is gone in 11.3 seconds. Range is an impressive 160 kilometer.
Published on March 18, 2014 by W.E. Ning
Spy shots of the new BMW 530Le, a plug-in hybrid based on the stretched BMW 5L-Series that is manufactured in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. One brand new example was spied charging in front of a restaurant in the great city of Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, not that far from the joint-venture factory.
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.