Beijing Auto says they have started production of the EH400, a large electric sedan with a 400 kilometer range. The EH400 debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show and we were skeptical, but it seems for real now, with a new grille and a big blue Beijing Auto badge. Blue, it should be noted, is the Chinese color for green.
New photos of the Baojun E100, a new electric city car for China. The E100 was expected for debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April but didn’t show. It will instead launch on the Chengdu Auto Show next month. Biggest news: the E100 is intended only for sale ins third and fourth tier cities, so we will never seen one on the road in Beijing, Shanghai, or even Chengdu itself.
BYD is working on an electric variant of their Song SUV. The Song EV will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show in September and launch on the Chinese car market in late Q4. The Song is currently available with a 154hp 1.5 and with a 205hp 2.0 turbo. The promised hybrid version hasn’t materialized yet, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it was cancelled altogether in favor of the EV.
The EV will be powered by two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. The motor on the rear axle will have an output of 214hp and the motor at the front another 147, good for a combined output of a hefty 361 horses, and that would make it the most powerful Chinese EV ever. Range will be some 270 kilometers. No other specs available at the moment, but it seems the BYD Somg EV is going to be an impressive machine.
And the electric compact hatchbacks keep coming. The latest blue leaf on the green tree is this Cowin C3R EV, the electric version of the Cowin C3R. The C3R EV, another such easy name, will be launched on the Chinese car market in October. Sadly, the production car won’t get the blue tires, but customers can spec the blue roof and blue mirrors, and it has the usual…
The new JAC iEV6E will hit the Chinese car market in September, featuring blue detailing in the bumpers. The iEV6E debuted in April on the Beijing Auto Show. It is an electric compact hatchback primarily intended for the cities. Price including subsidies will start around 90.000 yuan.
Happy faces, LeEco CEO Jia Yueting third from left.
LeEco has announced it will build a car factory in Huzhou City in Zhejiang Province. The factory will have an annual capacity of 200.000 cars and will make the spectacular LeSee, dubbed the ‘Chinese Tesla Killer‘. Total investment is 20 billion yuan or 3 billion USD.
The announcement is a surprise. LeEco said earlier it wanted to outsource production to an existing Chinese car maker, and they had talks with Beijing Auto and with Guangzhou Auto. But that apparently came to nothing.
Another new car brand in China. Beijing Auto BJEV has launched ArcFox, it will sell high-end electric cars to the young and hip with a healthy wallet. The ArcFox brand is owned by BJEV, a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC).
ArcFox has opened a trendy showroom space in the trendy Sanlitun district in Beijing City, where I will pay them a visit next week. Inside the space stands the ultra hyper 603hp ArcFox-7 electric concept car, which debuted in April on The Beijing Auto Show.
Very good news about the incredible Windbooster Titanelectricsupercar From China. It is for real and will hit the Chinese car market in the first half of 2017. Better still: it will have 544 horsepower, 44 more than the company claimed earlier on. Torque stands unchanged at 1000 Nm.
BMW has released new images of the new Zinoro60H for China. The 60H is the production version of the Zinoro Next concept, it is based on the new long wheelbase BMW X1 Li. Zinoro is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture making new-energy vehicles (NEV’s). Their first car was the lease-only Zinoro 1E, based on the old BMW X1. The 1E will be discontinued.
It has been a while since we hear from Horki, but here they are with their ‘new’ 300E, a compact electric sedan that will hit the Chinese car market in Q4. Horki is a sub-brand under the Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia joint venture. We saw the first spy shots in 2012, the brand officially debuted in April 2013, and we saw new spy shots in May 2014, and then it got very silent.