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

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Spy Shots: Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid testing in China

June 6, 2013 by Joey Wang

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Spy shots showing the upcoming Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid testing in China, it will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year. Chinese media say the 550 hybrid will have a fuel consumption of only 2.7 liters per 100 kilometers.

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Beijing to have 2000 taxis running on natural gas this year

June 5, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Beijing to have 2000 taxis running on natural gas this year

Beijing plans to increase the number of taxis that run on natural gas from the current 99 to 2,000 by the end of July in a trial project to promote the use of clean energy in public transportation.

Beijing now has 2,000 vehicles powered by natural gas, and that number is expected to be 10,000 by 2013, which will include 2,000 taxis, 3,143 city buses, and vehicles for some driving schools, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said.

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Audi A8L 40 Hybrid hits the Chinese car market

June 3, 2013 by Joey Wang

Audi A8L 40 Hybrid hits the Chinese car market

The Audi A8L 40 Hybrid has been launched on the Chinese car market, marking the first time Audi sells an A8 hybrid in China. The clean and green stretched limousine costs 1.09 million yuan or 177.000 USD.

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Shanghai to use Gutter Oil as Fuel for Buses

May 29, 2013 by Joey Wang

Shanghai to use Gutter Oil as Fuel for Buses

Processed gutter oil is expected to be used as bus fuel within two years in Shanghai, as part of efforts to advance a circular economy and prevent recycled cooking oil from returning to the kitchen.

The Shanghai Municipal Food Safety Committee will cooperate with Tongji University and six businesses that process used cooking oil into biodiesel that can power vehicles, said Yan Zuqiang, the committee’s director, in an interview with a local news portal.

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New preferential policies for Electric Vehicles in Beijing

March 8, 2013 by Joey Wang

New preferential policies for Electric Vehicles in Beijing

Beijingers who plan to buy electric cars won’t have to compete for a license plates due to a series of preferential policies for new energy vehicles that will be rolled out soon.

Beijing will unveil policies for electric vehicles in the first half of 2013, including a maximum purchase subsidy of 120,000 yuan (19,296 U.S. dollars) and the option to obtain license plates without participating in the city’s plate lottery, Chen Guiru, deputy director of the Beijing New Energy Auto Development Center, said Thursday.

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Beijing VI emission standard will be tough on Chinese automakers

February 28, 2013 by Joey Wang

Beijing VI emission standard will be tough on Chinese automakers

The sixth stage of Beijing’s vehicle emission standard (Beijing VI Standard) is still under research and is set to be implemented in 2016, said Li Kunsheng, an authority from the emission control department of Beijing Municiple Environmental Protection Bureau, 21st Century Business Herald reported Wednesday.

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China to expand electric car subsidy program to 25 cities

February 28, 2013 by Joey Wang

China to expand electric car subsidy program to 25 cities

China is expected to subsidize electric vehicles sold in 25 model cities, expanding from the current five cities, and adopt a unified national subsidy standard, 21st Century Business Herald reported Wednesday citing China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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Spy Shots: BYD Qin seen testing in China

February 12, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: BYD Qin seen testing in China

New spy shots from the production version of the upcoming BYD Qin hybrid that will be launched on the Chinese car market in June. The BYD Qin debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in April last year, the production version will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April this year. Read more »

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Geely and Kandi agree on JV to make electric cars in China

February 6, 2013 by Joey Wang

Geely and Kandi agree on JV to make electric cars in China

Shanghai Maple Guorun, a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely, said that it has signed an agreement with Kandi Vehicles to set up a 50-50 joint venture for electric vehicles.

With registered capital of 1 billion yuan ($160 million), the joint venture will engage in the investment, research and development, production, marketing and sales of electric vehicles on the Chinese mainland.

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Patent Applied: Suzhou Eagle BX EV roadster will see Production in China

February 1, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Patent Applied: Suzhou Eagle BX EV roadster will see Production in China

Suzhou Eagle has applied for patent on the very sporty BX EV, an electric roadster with a CC-roof. The vehicle will be launched on the China car market sometime next year and has to become the Chinese equivalent of the Tesla Roadster S. Sadly, no word yet on power. Suzhou Eagle however is very able to make a strong electric motor, the company has long experience in making all sorts of electric vehicles, ranging from small golf cars to large delivery vans. Read more »