This is the beautiful Lishededidong (li-she-de-di-dong) Urban Supercar, a sporty mini electric car from China. Design is a fuzzy mix of various Lamborghini’s, including the Aventador, the Gallardo, and especially the Asterion, which comes closest in concept. The latter however debuted in September last year, while the Urban Supercar has been around since late 2013. So who is copying who here..?
More misery for Tesla in China. Sales are down, people get fired, and now we have a Model S mayhem in a shopping mall. It happened Sunday in the Tongzhou Wanda Plaza Mall in Tongzhou District in the far-eastern suburbs of Beijing. Tesla had hired a booth in the mall, showing off a red and a white Model S.
The booth was open for all to enter, and the cars were open too, for all to enter. Most amazingly, the cars were switched on to show the fancy dashboard electronics. The engine was off, but that was not enough to stop a five-year old boy.
He got in the white car, sat on the driver’s seat, and on 13:55 exactly managed to start the car. It moved forward six meters and crashed straight into a red stroller with a baby inside. The stroller fell over and the baby fell out. Very fortunately the baby was unhurt. The stroller can be seen just to the north of the white Model S. The mother and child, no doubt shaken and scared, can be seen sitting in front of the book-like display.
Police has announced an official investigation. Tesla has yet to respond.
Who is in and who is out? Main entrance of the Tesla China headquarters in Beijing.
Chinese media report that Tesla Motors will cut one third of its staff in China, counting for 200 full-time jobs. The cuts will mostly effect sales and marketing, but other departments will also see hits, including sales, marketing, public relations, legal, and even technical support. Sales will see a hefty 50% cut, including front-line sales personnel working in stores, after-sales personnel, and sales consultants.
The new Changan Eado EV has been launched on the Chinese car market, featuring a distinctive blue grille, because blue = green. The Eado EV is an electric vehicle for China based on the Changan Eado sedan. Price including all green-car sunsidies starts at 234.900 yuan and ends at 249.900 yuan ($37.500 – 39.900), and that is a hefty about 300.000 yuan more than expected. The subsidy on the Eado EV is 90.000 yuan ($14.370). Read more »
The DongfengFengshen E30 & E30L have been launched on the Chinese car market. The E30 and E30L are electric mini cars, the E30 is the short-wheelbase two-seat version, and the E30L a slightly longer four-seat version. They’ve had a long time coming. The E30 debuted back in 2011 as the Dongfeng EJ02 EV, and production was confirmed in 2013. Over all those years the design of the vehicle didn’t change a bit, resulting in a somewhat oddball look.
The market for Low-speed Electric Vehicles (LSEV) is booming in China. In 2014 over 300.000 vehicles were sold, in third-tier cities, townships and counties across North China, East China and Central China. LSEV’s are small, sell cheap, and usually come with a tiny motor (example, example).
Shifeng Group, in Shandong province, had the largest sales of more than 60,000 units by November 2014. Hebei Yogomo Special Vehicle Manufacturing Co, in Hebei province, sold more than 50,000 units.
This is the new BYD E5, an electric car based on the petrol-powered BYD Su Rui sedan. The BYD E5 will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and launch on the Chinese car market in the second half of the year. It will only be the second full-electric car in BYD’s line-up after the aging BYD e6.
Tesla is struggling in China, lacking stores and superchargers. And now they have something else to worry about: local competition, of some sort.
The above car is the Aoxin Ibis, an impressive full electric full size sedan with a Tesla-like logo on the enormous and enormously shiny grille. The Aoxin Ibis debuted last year on the New Energy Auto Show in Shanghai (NEAS) and will be launched on the Chinese car market in the second half of this year. The girls seem impressed, and that is a good start. There is more:
BYD will open its first passenger car factory in Brazil this year, with the aim of revolutionizing the country’s urban transport by focusing on cheap electric taxis and vehicles for car-sharing schemes. Adalberto Maluf Filho, director of the company’s marketing and governmental affairs in Brazil, told ChinaDaily that BYD is ready to provide non-polluting buses and taxis for large cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo.
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.