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

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Dongfeng Fengshen E30 EV will see production in China next year

January 23, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Dongfeng Fengshen E30 EV will see production in China next year

Production of the Dongfeng Fengshen E30 EV will start next year. The Fengsshen E30 EV is a small electric city car that will compete with the Roewe E50 EV that was launched on the Chinese car market in November last year.

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China’s JAC wants to get Big in Electric Cars

January 23, 2013 by Joey Wang

China's JAC wants to get Big in Electric Cars

Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co Ltd, an automaker whose history dates back to 1964, is set to produce 100,000 electric vehicles by the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) period, according to company executives.

“We are developing electric transmission systems to become the top domestic brand in the new-energy car sector,” said Yan Gang, the company’s vice-general manager at the 2012 Global New Energy Vehicle Conference in Hainan province.

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New subsidies for Electric Cars in Shanghai

January 5, 2013 by Joey Wang

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A policy aiming to encourage more local residents to buy energy-saving electric cars – by offering free license plates and rebates – has been unveiled by the Shanghai authorities.

The city’s move comes two years after the central government released detailed subsidy measures to boost the new-energy vehicle market.Under the central government measures, a rebate of up to 60,000 yuan ($9,625) is offered on the purchase price to buyers of battery-powered cars, while the Shanghai municipal government is offering an extra subsidy of up to 40,000 yuan and a free license plate.

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Sales of EV’s in China far below government target

December 22, 2012 by Joey Wang

Sales of EV's in China far below government target

The development of China’s new energy vehicle market is falling short of the government’s expectations, according to a report released on Friday.

In 2009, the central government designated 25 cities as trial areas to promote energy-efficient and new-energy vehicles, expecting the total number of such vehicles to reach 52,621 in the trial areas by the end of this year.

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China’s BYD to make electric buses in the US

December 19, 2012 by Joey Wang

The Chinese battery and electric vehicle producer BYD will establish its first wholly owned manufacturing plant overseas in 2013, going to the United States to produce electric buses, a company executive has said.

The factory will be in California, in an exact location to be announced in March or April, Xinhua News Agency cited Li Ke, BYD senior vice-president, as saying. Speaking in Los Angeles, Li said the Warren Buffett-backed company will put the plant into operation in 2013 and will be able to produce 50 to 100 buses there in 2014.

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Beijing will limit the use of Government Vehicles on polluted days

December 18, 2012 by Joey Wang

Beijing will limit the use of Government Vehicles on polluted days

Government organizations and public institutions are being asked to reduce the number of official vehicles on the road by 30 percent when the daily intensity of PM 2.5 – particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter – exceeds 500 micrograms per cubic meter, according to an emergency plan against heavy pollution that was released by the government on Friday.

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Spy Shot: BYD Qin without camouflage in China

December 17, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shot: BYD Qin without camouflage in China

The very first picture of the production version of the BYD Qin without camouflage. The BYD Qin is a new hybrid based on the BYD Su Rui that will hit the Chinese car market in the first half of next year, price will start around 200.000 yuan. The hybrid power train has a combined output of 315 horses and 440nm, which will make the Qin the fastest hybrid in China by far. 0-100 will be gone is a mere 6.9 seconds, no number yet on top speed. Via: Autohome.

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Hongqi H7 PHEV hybrid will be launched on the China car market next year

December 11, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Hongqi H7 PHEV hybrid will be launched on the China car market next year

FAW is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the Hongqi H7, which will be launched on the Chinese auto market sometime next year. The Hongqi (Red Flag) H7 debuted in April on the Beijing auto Show. Production started in July but the H7 still hasn’t been launched on the market.

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Spy Shots: Guangzhou Auto eTrumpchi hybrid testing in China

December 10, 2012 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Guangzhou Auto eTrumpchi Hybrid testing in China

Guangzhou Auto is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the Trumpchi sedan called the ‘eTrumpchi’. The hybrid system will be similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt with an electric motor mated to a petrol powered ‘range extender’. The petrol engine will be a 1.0 four-cylinder.

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Getting Green with a Lawn on top of your Car in China

December 6, 2012 by W.E. Ning

Getting Green with a Lawn on top of your Car in China

The good owner of a Volkswagen Jetta decided to get a bit green, for the penguins and such and such. He constructed a nice little lawn and fitted it all on the roof of his vehicle. This now, won’t help much. The lawn ads weight and the construction causes extra drag, so in the end the vehicle will use much more fuel.

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