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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »