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


New Shanghai-Volkswagen sub-brand will be called Tianyue

March 14, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

The Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture will start a new sub-brand in China to make cheap electric cars. The new sub-brand will be called ‘Tianyue’, best translated as ‘Over (the) Heaven’. Very poetic indeed but the English name is not: ‘Tantus’. Since I didn’t know what Tantus meant I looked it up with Google-define:

Definition for tantus: Web definitions:
Tantus is a company that produces silicone sex toys, including vibrators, dildos, butt-plugs and strap-on harness kits. They are based… All right! I dig that Volkswagen, now more on the car:

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Beijing to tighten car emission regulations

March 14, 2012 by Joey Wang

Beijing traffic

The Chinese capital is likely to adopt new vehicle emission permits which could be as strict as those in Europe, in response to concerns over the city’s air pollution.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau has released a draft of new standard which specifies strict limits for a variety of vehicle emissions, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitric oxide and particulate matter.

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Spy Shots: Roewe E1 on a truck in China

March 10, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Roewe E1

New spy shots from the upcoming Roewe E1 EV. The compact electric 2+2 city car will debut at he Beijing Auto Show in April. The EV1 is based on the Roewe EV1 Concept that debuted at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, it was later renamed E50.

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Spy Shots: Roewe E1 EV testing in China

March 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Roewe E1 EV

The Roewe E1 EV debuted at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo as the Roewe E1 Concept, Roewe is now busy getting the E1 ready for the Chinese car market. The production version will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April and there will likely be an MG-version as well, that one however will arrive at a later time.

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Spy Shots: Roewe 550 Hybrid testing in China

March 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

New spy shots from the Roewe 550 Hybrid testing in China. Roewe showed a 550 Hybrid at the Shanghai Auto Show in April last year. By the time they said it would be listed on the Chinese car market in early 2012. Chinese media now report that 550 Hybrid will indeed be listed soon after the Beijing Auto Show in April. The 550 on the pics however is the old 550 and not the facelifted 550 that will also debut in Beijing.

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China to curb auto production capacity, promote new-energy cars

March 6, 2012 by Joey Wang

BYD e6 taxi China

China will control the increase in auto manufacturing capacity and encourage mergers and reorganizations in the industry, according to a work report that Premier Wen Jiabao delivered at the nation’s legislature.

The government will promote new-energy vehicles and encourage the scrapping of old vehicles to reduce pollution, according to a separate report today by the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner.

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Brilliance-BMW sub-brand will be launched in China this year

March 5, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Brilliance BMW

At a press conference surrounding the launch of the China-made BMW X1 Mr. Olaf Kastner, president and CEO of Brilliance-BMW, also said that the joint venture would launch a new sub-brand within this year. The sub-brand will focus on new energy vehicles. Read more »


Yema F16 ‘Audi A4′ electric taxi from China

March 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Yema F16 'Audi A4' electric taxi

Yet another electric taxi project in China. This is the Yema F16 EV taxi. One hundred very green Yema F16’s will be put to work in the Longquanyi District in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Chengdu is also Yema’s hometown.

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Chang’an E30 electric taxi in Beijing

March 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an E30 electric taxi in Beijing

A new electric taxi demonstration project in Beijing. One hundred Chang’an E30 electric taxi’s will roam the streets of faraway Fangshan District where Chang’an has a new factory. I saw this new Chinese electric car up close last weekend at a ‘Clean Energy Expo’ here in town.

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BYD creates largest all-electric vehicle fleet in the World

February 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD K9 bus

Some good news for BYD. The company has won a contract to deliver 1500 pure electric K9 buses and e6 taxis to the public transportation fleet from the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. Shenzhen is BYD’s hometown and has the largest all-electric vehicle fleet in a single city in the world. The contract consists of 1000 K9 buses and 500 e6 taxi’s.

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