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

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Volkswagen e-up! will be launched on the China car market in H2

March 24, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Volkswagen e-up! will be launched on the China car market in H2

The Volkswagen e-up! EV will be launched on the China car market in the second half of the year. The Volkswagen e-up is the electric variant of the Volkswagen up! which is currently not sold in China. The e-up! is powered by an electric motor with a peak power of 82hp and 210nm. Top speed is 135km/h and 0-100 is gone in 11.3 seconds. Range is an impressive 160 kilometer.

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Spy Shots: BMW 530Le plug-in hybrid for the China car market

March 18, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: BMW 530Le plug-in hybrid for the China car market

Spy shots of the new BMW 530Le, a plug-in hybrid based on the stretched BMW 5L-Series that is manufactured in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. One brand new example was spied charging in front of a restaurant in the great city of Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, not that far from the joint-venture factory.

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Two hundred new electric taxis for Beijing

January 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Two hundred new electric taxis for Beijing

Beijing City has added 200 electric taxis to its taxi fleet. The Beijing Auto E150EV taxis, based on the Beijing Auto E-series, will operate in Shunyi District to the northeast of Beijing proper. The project is chaired by the Shunyi District Department of Transportation, a government agency. The district has built a ‘New energy electric taxi operation center’ with 210 parking lots and 110 fast-charging points. The center is visible in the background.

Another 154 electric-taxi-only parking lots and 31 fast-charging points will be build throughout the district during this year. As for now, the taxis will only accept passengers traveling within Shunyi District, as there are no proper charging facilities anywhere else. The taxis will be busy anyway; Shunyi District has an area of 1,020 square kilometers (390 sq mi) and a population of about one million.

In the faraway future Beijing City wants to have 20 ‘new energy electric taxi operation centers’, so passengers can travel anywhere on electric power.

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Spy Shots: Senova D-Series goes electric in China

January 6, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Senova D-Series goes electric in China

Spy Shots showing the production version of the Beijing Auto Senova D-Series EV, it will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of this year. The Senova EV will be available to all and won’t be another limited-production pilot project.

Beijing Auto plans to make 10.000 cars this year and 20.000 in 2015. Price will start around 300.000 yuan but green-car subsidies by central and local governments will bring that down to about 235.000 yuan.  Power comes from an electric motor with an output of 55hp and 127nm, good for a 130km/h top speed. Range is 150km. The electricity is stored in a lithium-ion battery.

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BYD Tang hybrid super SUV will hit the China car market in late 2014

December 24, 2013 by W.E. Ning

BYD Tang hybrid super SUV will hit the China car market in late 2014

The new BYD ‘Tang’ hybrid super SUV will be launched on the China car market in late 2014, debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in November next year. Price of the Tang will start around 300.000 yuan. Green-car subsidies of central and local governments will bring price down to about 265.000 yuan.

The Tang will be powered by BYD’s new DMII dual mode hybrid-drive system mating a petrol engine with an electric motor. The petrol engine will be a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder with 205hp and 320nm. The electric motor is the same unit as in the recently launched BYD Qin sedan; delivering 149hp and 200nm. Combined output of the power train in the Tang will be 354hp and 420nm.

The Tang will be based on the upcoming BYD S7 SUV that will be powered by the 2.0 turbo petrol.

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Spy Shots: Chery E5 Hybrid for the China car market

December 20, 2013 by Joey Wang

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The very first Spy Shots of the new Chery E5 Hybrid, based on the existing petrol powered Chery E5 sedan. The Chery E5 Hybrid will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of next year.

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Tianjin limits new-car license plates to fight pollution and traffic jams

December 18, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Tianjin limits new-car license plates to fight pollotion and traffic jams

Another Chinese city has joined the anti-car club. The port city of Tianjin will restrict traffic and limit the number of new-car license plates in a bid to get more cars off the road to battle pollution and traffic jams. The measures will hurt car owners and the local auto sector.

The city will impose quota on its new car plates starting next Monday, requiring buyers to join lottery or bid in auctions to win a plate, according to a notice issued by the city government on Sunday evening.

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Spy Shots: BMW i8 seen testing in China

December 18, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: BMW i8 seen testing in China

New spy shots of the BMW i8 testing in China. This particular test car has been riding the roads of Beijing for a while. Earlier on we met it in the suburbs and this time it seems to be in the center of town. The BMW i8 will be launched on the China car market in early 2014 and BMW apparently wants to make sure it behaves well on Chinese roads.

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Spy Shots: Great Wall C20R EV testing in China

December 1, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Great Wall C20R EV testing in China

Spy shots showing the upcoming Great Wall C20R EV testing in China. The Great Wall C20R EV is an electric vehicle based on the Great Wall C20R hatchback. The C20R EV will debut on the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of 2014.

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Spy Shots: Zinoro 1E is an Electric BMW X1 in China

October 30, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Zinoro 1E is an Electric BMW X1 in China

This is the brand new Zinoro 1E, a full-electric car based on the BMW X1. Zinoro, Zhinuo in Chinese, is a sub brand of the Brilliance-BMW joint venture focused on building electric cars and the 1E is their first baby. Debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in late November, and it will be launched on the China car market in the first half of 2014 for about 400.000 yuan (65.000 USD) without subsidies.

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