Published on June 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
The great city of Kashgar in the remote Xinjiang province is normally not associated with car manufacturing. That might change. A father and son made themselves a wooden car powered by an electric engine. It is for sale. Asking price is 150.000 yuan or 23.000 dollar.
Published on June 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
The State Council, or China’s cabinet, on Wednesday began soliciting public opinions on a draft regulation for the implementation of the Vehicle and Vessel Tax Law, which will exempt electric cars, fuel-cell vehicles and hybrid vehicles from taxation.
The draft regulation was created in line with the Vehicle and Vessel Tax Law, which stipulates that “tax reductions and exemptions should be granted for vehicles and vessels that save energy or use new energy,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council. Taxes on other hybrid vehicles will be halved, the regulation said.
Published on June 10, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Kaili is a sub-brand from the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture that will focus on cheap electric cars. First one is an electric version of the China-only New Bora. Some details emerged: range is 135 km, top speed is 135 km/h. Weight is 1500 kg, 165 kg more than the patrol powered New Bora. Fast charging takes 10 minutes for 80%. The first Kaili car will debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show next April. Via: 163.com.
Published on June 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Chinese ministries announced Wednesday the details of the country’s new cash-for-vehicles program, which will allow automobile owners to receive up to 18,000 yuan ($2,769) for scrapping their unused vehicles this year.
Motorists will receive a state subsidy worth between 11,000 and 18,000 yuan if their vehicles are registered to be scrapped in 2011, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance.
Published on June 6, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Toyota will bring the new RAV4 EV and iQ EV to the Chinese auto market next year, both as imports, according to a report from Cheshi.com. The RAV4 EV is developed with Tesla Motors. According to new regulations by the Chinese government to promote electric cars customers will receive up to 60.000 yuan subsidy on electric cars. The subsidy is for every electric car, imported and locally made. Biggest problem for sales however still remains; there are simply not enough charging stations in China’s city’s and it doesn’t look like this will change any time soon.
Published on May 31, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Beijing Auto developed an EV based on the old Saab 9-3. The EV is code named Q60FB and is part of a trial project for electric cars with the Beijing city government. First batch will be 30 cars only. The Q60FB debuted in January and was seen on a truck in March. New spy shots show the car very clearly but the actual trial project still hasn’t started.
Published on May 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
SAIC Group, the largest car maker in China in terms of sales and revenue, will set the pace in the new-energy vehicle segment by launching mass-produced pure-electric and fuel-cell cars during the period of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), said a company executive.
“We will start sales of mass-produced pure-electric mini cars to individuals, with the initial model name of EP 11, under our homegrown ‘Roewe’ brand next year, and a mass-produced fuel-cell model in 2015,” said Gan Pin, the manager of SAIC’s new-energy vehicle division.
Published on May 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
A new spy shot of a Prius testing in China. But good news it ain’t, Toyota has decided to postpone the introduction of the new Prius Hybrid in China yet again. Some media even say ‘postponed indefinitely’. The previous Prius was made in China by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. Because of very low sales Toyota decided to stop local production and import the new Prius but that doesn’t seem to happen anymore. Read more »
Published on May 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Beijing Auto will launch a full electric version of the BC301 hatchback and BC302 sedan in the second half of this year. The EV has a range of 130 kilometers, charging takes 6 to 7 hours on 220v, a fast charger will be available for the very few who can install one at home. Battery life is 3 years or 60.000 kilometer.
Published on May 17, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
Earlier we heard Volkswagen will set up a new sub-brand with FAW, called Kaili, to make electric cars for the Chinese market. But Volkswagen has two joint ventures in China, FAW-VW and Shanghai-VW. Today we heard that Volkswagen will set up a second sub-brand with Shanghai Automotive. The name is yet unknown but it will also make electric cars. This news popped up in an article from ChinaDaily on the Kaili brand.