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

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Beijing bans high-emission vehicles

February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing bans high-emission vehicles

Beijing has banished about 12,500 vehicles from other provinces from entering the city because they were deemed to have excessive emissions. About 1,000 drivers were also fined since the city launched a 24-hour inspection on exhaust emission earlier this month, says the city’s environment watchdog.

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Exclusive: Chang’an E30 EV debuts in China

February 26, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an E30 EV debuts in China

The new Chang’an E30 EV was expected to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April but it hatched early, I saw it yesterday ay the ‘Clean Energy Expo’ in Beijing, a fine occasion indeed to launch an electric vehicle. The E30 however won’t be available for the general public just yet, Chang’an will first start some ‘taxi-pilot-projects’ in several yet unnamed city. The sole E30 on he show was therefore dressed up as a cab.

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Spy Shot: BYD-Daimler EV

February 9, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD-Daimler EV

Another new spy shot of the upcoming BYD-Daimler EV, codenamed Tiger. Last week we saw its front, now its back. BYD-Daimler is a joint venture between BYD and Daimler-Benz to make electric cars for the Chinese market. Their first car is an EV based on the old Mercedes-Benz B-class whic will hit the market under a new brand-name. The electric powertrain comes from the BYD e6. It is expected to debut, likely still as a concept, on the Beijing Auto Show in April. Via: Sohu.com.

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Spotted in China: Shandong Dayang E-Bike

February 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Shandong Dayang E-Bike

Last Sunday was sunny so I made a walk through Beijing’s old alley’s, called hutongs. There in one street I found this very funny vehicle. When I came home I found it what is was. This is a Shandong Dayang E-bike, made by Shandong Dayang Automotive Industry from the great city of Jining in Shandong Province. As the name suggest, this E-Bike is a small electric three-wheel bicycle with a plastic cover on top.

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Spy Shots: BYD-Daimler EV testing in China

February 3, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD-Daimler is a joint venture between BYD and Daimler-Benz to make electric cars for the Chinese market. Their first car is an EV based on the old Mercedes-Benz B-class. It is expected to debut, likely still as a concept, on the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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Patent Applied: Toyota Prius G’s will be Made in China

February 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota Prius China

Toyota has applied for patent on the new Toyota Prius G’s for the Chinese car market. The G’s is a strangely urban-cool named sporty Prius that is so far only destined for the Japanese market. China will get it too, likely as another try to get the young into hybrids.

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Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi hybrid to be listed in China in May

February 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi hybrid

The Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi HEV (hybrid-electric vehicle) debuted as a concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December last year. The Trumpchi HEV will be listed on the China car market in May. Power comes from the standard 1.8 and a new electric motor that sends power to all four wheels. Via: Sohu.com.

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China’s Largest Electric Car Charging Station Opens in Beijing

January 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China's Largest Electric Car Charging Station

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday.

Gaoantun charging station, located in the eastern Beijing district of Chaoyang, has been installed with more than 10 types of EV charging or battery swapping machines, covering all charging modes that are available in China.

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Spy Shot: Beijing Auto BC301 EV testing in China

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto BC301 EV

The Beijing Auto BC301 will be listed in March. Power will come from a 1.3, or a 1.5. But there will also be a full-electric EV from which we now have the very first spy shot. The electric motor has 336V, 20kw and 64nm, and will be powered by a 20.2kwh battery. Range is expected to be 150 km. Charging takes 6-7 hours. Battery life is 3 years or 60.000 km. Via: Sina.com.

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First Pics: China-made Toyota Prius, to be listed in February

January 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China-made Toyota Prius

These are the very first pictures of the China-made 3th-gen Toyota Prius, made by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. The Prius will be listed on the China car market in February. The 2nd-gen Prius was also made in China but it was far too expensive, sales were so low that Toyota canceled production. Toyota will price the Prius lower this time to get sales up. High hopes indeed…

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