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

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Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015

October 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015

The Volvo S60L Hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market in mid-2015. The S60L Hybrid is based on the Volvo S60L, a China-only stretched variant of the Volvo S60. The S60L Hybrid is a ‘Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle’, unlike the Euro-spec S60 Hybrid which is based around a diesel engine. The ‘S60L PHEV’ debuted in semi-concept form on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

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Toyota to launch new sub-brand in China in 2015

October 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

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Toyota will launch a new sub-brand in China in 2015, it will be positioned under the Guangzhou-Toyota joint venture. The new sub-brand will be called Lingzhi (领志) in Chinese and Leahead in English. Leahead stands for ‘Leap Ahead’. The brand will focus on cheap electric cars aimed at young and hip car buyers in China.

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Changan Eado EV will hit the Chinese car market in December

October 19, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

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This is the new Changan Eado EV, it debuted earlier this week on the International  New Energy Vehicle Technology Development Exhibition in the great city of Mianyang in Sichuan Province. The Eado EV is an electric vehicle based on the Changan Eado sedan.

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Zotye Yun 100 EV will hit the Chinese auto market on October 24

October 18, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Zotye Yun 100 EV will hit the Chinese auto market on October 24

The new Zotye Yun 100 EV will hit the Chinese auto market on October 24. The Yun 100 EV is an electric vehicle based on the Zotye Z100 petrol powered mini car. Yun (云) means ‘Cloud’, and that is to express green.

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This is the Beijing Auto Senova C90 EV, based on the Mercedes-Benz E-class L

October 18, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

This is the Beijing Auto Senova C90 EV, based on the Mercedes-Benz E-class L

This is the new Beijing Auto Senova C90 EV concept, it debuted earlier this week on the International  New Energy Vehicle Technology Development Exhibition in the great city of Mianyang in Sichuan Province. The Senova C90 EV is the electric version of the upcoming petrol powered Beijing Auto Senova C90L. The C90 L and C90 EV will be based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L, a stretched variant of the E-class that is manufactured in China by the Beijing-Benz joint venture.

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Spy Shots: Geely Emgrand EC7 goes Hybrid in China

October 16, 2014 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Geely Emgrand EC7 goes Hybrid in China

Spy Shots showing the upcoming Geely Emgrand EC7 Hybrid, based on the petrol-powered Geely Emgrand EC7 sedan. The EC7 Hybrid will be the first mass-produced hybrid for the Geely brand. Dash comes loaded with spacy tech, new Emgrand logo on the steering wheel.

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Price of the Traffic Jams in Beijing: $11.2 Billion a Year

September 29, 2014 by Joey Wang

Price for Traffic Jams in Beijing: $11.2 Billion a Year

Beijing’s annual bill for the infamous and endless traffic jams amounts to 70 billion yuan ($11.3 billion), a recent study has found. According to a 2014 survey conducted by Peking University’s National Development Research Institute, 80 percent of total loss relates to time wasted waiting, 10 percent to gas and 10 percent to environmental damage.

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BYD-Daimler Denza EV launched on the Shanghai car market in China

September 29, 2014 by Joey Wang

BYD-Daimler Denza EV launched on the Shanghai car market in China

The new BYD-Daimler Denza EV has been launched on the Shanghai car market in China. Price starts at 369.000 yuan and ends at 399.000 yuan ($60.000 – 65.000), and that includes all green-car subsidies but excludes the free license plate for electric cars which is worth about 90.000 yuan. Shanghai is currently the only city in China where the Denza is available. Shenzhen will follow later this month and Beijing will be served in November. The rest of the country will have to wait until 2015.

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BMW i8 launched on the China car market

September 22, 2014 by W.E. Ning

BMW i8 launched on the China car market

The BMW i8 hybrid supercar has been launched on the China car market. Price starts and ends at 1.988 million yuan or 323.000 USD. The BMW i8 is imported into China and is therefore not eligible for any green-car subsidies. The coming of the i8 has been highly anticipated in China, by media and potential buyers alike.

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BMW i3 launched on the China car market

September 22, 2014 by Joey Wang

BMW i3 launched on the China car market

The BMW i3 has been launched on the China car market. The EV version costs 449.800 yuan ($73.000) and the hybrid version costs 516.800 yuan ($ 84.000). The BMW i3 is imported into China and is therefore not eligible for any green-car subsidies, but buyers might be able to claim other incentives like free license plates in Shanghai.

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