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

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Spy Shots: BYD-Daimler EV testing in China

February 3, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD-Daimler is a joint venture between BYD and Daimler-Benz to make electric cars for the Chinese market. Their first car is an EV based on the old Mercedes-Benz B-class. It is expected to debut, likely still as a concept, on the Beijing Auto Show in April.

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Patent Applied: Toyota Prius G’s will be Made in China

February 2, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Toyota Prius China

Toyota has applied for patent on the new Toyota Prius G’s for the Chinese car market. The G’s is a strangely urban-cool named sporty Prius that is so far only destined for the Japanese market. China will get it too, likely as another try to get the young into hybrids.

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Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi hybrid to be listed in China in May

February 1, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi hybrid

The Guangzhou Auto Trumpchi HEV (hybrid-electric vehicle) debuted as a concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December last year. The Trumpchi HEV will be listed on the China car market in May. Power comes from the standard 1.8 and a new electric motor that sends power to all four wheels. Via: Sohu.com.

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China’s Largest Electric Car Charging Station Opens in Beijing

January 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China's Largest Electric Car Charging Station

China’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping station has been put into operation in Beijing, sources with the city’s power supply authorities said Sunday.

Gaoantun charging station, located in the eastern Beijing district of Chaoyang, has been installed with more than 10 types of EV charging or battery swapping machines, covering all charging modes that are available in China.

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Spy Shot: Beijing Auto BC301 EV testing in China

January 18, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto BC301 EV

The Beijing Auto BC301 will be listed in March. Power will come from a 1.3, or a 1.5. But there will also be a full-electric EV from which we now have the very first spy shot. The electric motor has 336V, 20kw and 64nm, and will be powered by a 20.2kwh battery. Range is expected to be 150 km. Charging takes 6-7 hours. Battery life is 3 years or 60.000 km. Via: Sina.com.

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First Pics: China-made Toyota Prius, to be listed in February

January 16, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

China-made Toyota Prius

These are the very first pictures of the China-made 3th-gen Toyota Prius, made by the FAW-Toyota joint venture. The Prius will be listed on the China car market in February. The 2nd-gen Prius was also made in China but it was far too expensive, sales were so low that Toyota canceled production. Toyota will price the Prius lower this time to get sales up. High hopes indeed…

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Spy Shots: Chang’an E30 EV from China

January 10, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Chang'an E30 EV

Another new electric car from China. This is the all-new Chang’an E30 EV. Interestingly ‘all-new’ means all new, the E30 isn’t based on any existing Chang’an. Looking at the size it might share its platform with the Chang’an Eado that debuted in China at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December.

Update: one reader (thank you) informed me that the Chang’an E30 is in fact based on the upcoming new Hafei Saibao. That seems indeed correct, Chang’an bought Hafei Automobile in 2009 and since then both companies are working together on developing new small and medium-sized cars. The new Saibao will be available with patrol engines and there will be an electric as well.

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Spy Shots: Dongfeng EV1 city-car

January 10, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Dongfeng EV1 city-car

The Dongfeng EV1 dull electric city-car will be hit the Chinese market in late 2012. The EV1 debuted as the Dongfeng EJ02 concept at the Shanghai Auto Show in April last year. By that time Dongfeng already said they had plans for production and that seems to become reality.

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China waives sales tax on locally made EVs, fuel cell cars

January 9, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Changan EV concept

China will waive sales taxes on electric and fuel cell cars made domestically by firms like SAIC Motor and BYD, the finance ministry said on Dec 31, in its latest initiative to shore up the country’s fledgling green car market.

A total of 49 domestically made models, including the Sail electric car developed by SAIC’s car venture with General Motors and two electric cars that will be made at Volkswagen’s two Chinese car ventures, will be exempted from sales taxes, the ministry said in a statement on its website (www.mof.gov.cn). Read more »

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Introducing the Lucky Star electric Beetle Convertible

January 6, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Fake Volkswagen Beetle from China

Volkswagen never bothered to make an all-electric Beetle. Well, if you wait too long somebody else will do it for you, whether you like it or not. This is an all electric Beetle Convertible made by a company called ‘Jixing Diandongche’, which translated as ‘Lucky Star Electric cars’, they are from Suzhou in famous copy-cat Zhejiang province.

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