News on green-tech development in the Chinese car industry; electric cars, hybrids, government subsidies and 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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China issues charging standards for electric cars

December 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Greatwall Peri EV

State media reports:

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced Tuesday that the country has issued four common standards regarding power charging of electric vehicles in efforts to better promote the environmentally friendly products.

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Spy Shots: Roewe / MG E1 EV testing in China

December 27, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Roewe E1 EV

The upcoming Roewe / MG E1 has been seen testing again. The full-EV debuted at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo as the Roewe E1 concept.

There is some confusion whether parent-company SAIC (aka Shanghai Auto) will use the Roewe or MG name-plate. My guess is SAIC will actually use both, just like it does with the Roewe 750/MG7, Roewe 550/MG6 and Roewe 350/MG5. The Roewe-version will debut first, possibly as early as on the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

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BMW and Brilliance to Create EV sub-brand in China

December 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW is set to create a new electric vehicle sub-brand in China, together with local partner Brilliance Jinbei Automobile, according to a report. The creation of the brand is coming about in order to meet China’s joint-venture rules. Read more »

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Audi A6L Hybrid to be made in China

December 13, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Audi A6L China

The new Audi A6L will be listed on the China car market next year, debut is expected at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show. The A6L is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. We can now confirm that the A6L Hybrid will also be made in China.

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Greatwall to make EV for China

December 12, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

A new pure electric sedan Great Wall Motor Co Ltd is researching has gained official approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, sources from the manufacturer said. The new model signals a new shift for Great Wall towards new energy vehicles.

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BMW 5-series hybrid & EV for China

December 11, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW is working on two ‘green-energy’ vehicles for the Chinese market. Both will be made by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture and both will be based on the 5-series.

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New electric car from China

November 30, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Here we have a fantastic new electric car from China. It is simply, but brilliantly, called ‘three-wheel-electric-car’, because it has three wheels and is powered by an electric motor. That’s what it is, why bother with a fancy-pancy whatever-name? Face on the front seems kinda sad.

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Chevrolet Volt listed & priced in China

November 22, 2011 by W.E. Ning

The Chevrolet Volt EV has been officially listed on the China car market as an import, the Volt debuted today at the Guangzhou Auto Show. there is only one; it costs 498.000 yuan or 78.000 US dollar. The Chevrolet Volt will be distributed through the Shanghai-GM dealer-network. Via: 163.com.

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China-made Honda Fit EV to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show

November 15, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Honda will bring the Fit EV to the Guangzhou Auto Show. The full electric will be made in China by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture. Listing is expected for sometime early 2012 and that will make the Fit EV the first electric car made in China by a Chinese-foreign joint venture. Read more »