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


Spy Shot: BMW Active Hybrid 5 pops up in China

June 26, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BMW Active Hybrid 5

Spy shot from the BMW Active Hybrid 5 hybridding around in China. Chinese media report the AH5 will be launched on the Chinese car market this year, it will be imported and sold by the Brilliance-BMW dealer network. Last year the Brilliance-BMW joint venture announced they were working on a hybrid Five based on the China-made 5Li, that greeny will debut in late 2013. Via: Sohu.


FAW-Volkswagen Kaili gets an English name in China

June 14, 2012 by W.E. Ning

FAW-Volkswagen Kaili

Kiali is a new sub-brand from the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture, they will make cheap electric cars for the masses. Their first car will be based on the Volkswagen New Bora. A new spy shot shows the English name of the brand: Carely. How catchy. The Chinese name, Kaili, means ‘carrier’, which might have been a better name. Earlier on we heard the Bora-based Kaili would be called ‘E88′, together that makes the ‘Carely E88′. Carely has likely to do with ‘care’, for the environment and such and such. Did the Germans make it up or the Chinese? Maybe together, while getting drunk in a kareoke bar in Changchun, where the factory sits.

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Honda CR-Z will be launched in China on June 28

June 13, 2012 by Joey Wang

Honda CR-Z China

The Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid will be launched on the Chinese car market on June 28. The CR-Z wil be imported and sold through the Guangzhou-Honda dealer network. Price will start around 300.000 yuan. Lotta money for a two-seater but high-end hybrids such as the Lexus CT200h are slowly catching on in China among the young high-tech minded rich. Via: Sohu.


Beijing Auto E150EV to get 120.000 yuan subsidy, but still won’t be cheap

June 3, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Beijing Auto E150EV

The upcoming Beijing Auto E150EV will get a 120.000 yuan subsidy from the local Beijing government when it hits the Beijing-area car market later this year. Even then, it will still cost around 100.000 yuan while the patrol-powered E150 starts around 60.000 yuan.The E150EV will eventually also be sold in the rest of China, but how much subsidy it will get elsewhere is unclear.

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Volvo C30 EV will see production in China from 2013

June 1, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volvo C30 EV China

Chinese media report that the C30EV will be made in China from 2013 in the new Geely-Volvo factory in Jiading. Volvo recently said production of the current C30 Electric would be limited to 250 cars and would in fact end later this year. Geely however, seems to have other plans for the Chinese car market. Volvo has made 200 C30 EV’s so far, 25 of those are on a trial project in Shanghai, the same city where Geely wants to establish a new Volvo R&D center. The electric C30 is powered by a  110 HP engine and has a range of 150km. Via: Sohu.


Spy Shots: Chery QQ3 EV testing in China

May 31, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chery QQ3 EV

These are the very first spy shots of the new Chery QQ3 EV, based on the Chery QQ3 Sport. The electric motor comes with 16hp and 72nm, range is 100km. The QQ3 EV will hit the Chinese car market late this year. Price yet unknown but it will likely be the cheapest electric passenger car on the market.

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Spy Shots: Roewe 550 hybrid testing in China

May 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Roewe 550 hybrid

New spy shots of the Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid, it has been in development for some two years but will finally hit the Chinese car market late this year. The car on pics is a test mule based around the facelifted 550 which will be launched in September. On earlier spy shots we saw a 550 hybrid based around the current car, indicating development took longer than expected.

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Toyota Camry HEV will hit the Chinese car market on May 21

May 18, 2012 by Joey Wang

Toyota Camry HEV

The hybrid Toyota Camry HEV will be launched on the China car market on May 21. Price is expected to start around 320.000 yuan. It is the first time Toyota is selling the hybrid Camry in China, which is still a very difficult market for hybrids and even more so for electric cars.

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Chinese goverment comes with $949 million subsidy plan for green cars

May 17, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Dongfeng E30 EV concept

The Chinese government has allocated 6 billion yuan ($949 million) to subsidise consumer purchases of fuel-saving cars, Xinhua News Agency reported late on Wednesday, putting a cumulative figure for the first time on the handouts as it moves to cut emissions in the world’s biggest auto market.

Beijing started offering a 3,000 yuan rebate on consumer purchases of small, fuel-efficient cars in June 2010, but has not previously indicated the total cost of the subsidy.

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Spy Shots: Roewe E50 EV ready for the Beijing Auto Show

April 19, 2012 by Joey Wang

Roewe E50 EV

The best spy shots so far of the production version of the Roewe E50 EV, it will debut at the Beijing Auto Show next week and it will be listed on the China car market in October. Roewe plans to make only a 1000 E50’s in 2012, price without subsidies will be some 300.000 yuan.

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