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


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:


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 »


Volvo will test C30 EV in China

November 11, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Volvo C30 EV in China

Volvo Cars China will test two C30 Electric cars in China, in conjunction with Shanghai International Automobile City Group, a local government supervision authority. The plan is to gain a better understanding of customer behaviour and their expectations of electric vehicles. Read more »


BYD-Daimler electric car to debut in April 2012

November 1, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD-Daimler is a joint venture between BYD and Daimler-Benz for making electric vehicles for the Chinese market. The JV applied for patent on their first car (pictured) in July. It is based on the outgoing Mercedes-Benz B-class and will debut as a full electric vehicle on the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show. It is yet unknown when it will hit the market. Via: Autohome.


Green light for electric car plates in Beijing

October 24, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Those who urgently need to buy a car in Beijing may consider buying a Battery only Electric Vehicle (BEV).Beijing has given green light to BEVs, and individuals buying them will receive a license plate immediately, Beijing Daily reported.

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Beijing to build industrial park for new-energy vehicles

September 26, 2011 by Joey Wang

Beijing on Sept 26 signed an agreement with an automobile manufacturer to build the country’s largest industrial park for producing components for new-energy vehicles, according to municipal authorities.

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General Motors to Develop Electric Cars in China

September 20, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

GM EN-V China

General Motors Co. (GM) will develop electric cars in China with SAIC Motor Corp. as the partners look to meet government demands for more low-emission vehicles in the world’s largest auto market.

GM and SAIC, China’s biggest domestic automaker, will design the electric cars and develop components for them at an existing joint venture in China, the two companies said in a statement today.

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New subsidy policy for energy-saving vehicles in China

September 19, 2011 by Joey Wang

China will launch a new subsidy policy for energy-saving vehicles next month in a bid to encourage automakers to increase green-technology investment and reduce oil consumption.

Energy-saving cars weighing between 1,205 kilograms to 1,320 kilograms should consume no more than 6.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers in order to obtain subsidies as of October 1, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on its website.

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