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

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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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Patent Applied: Great Wall Kulla EV will see Production in China

September 27, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Patent Applied: Great Wall Kulla EV will see Production in China

Great Wall has applied for patent on the production version of the Kulla EV concept that debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show in April. Chinese media say that Great Wall has decided to build the Kulla, with production expected to start sometime late next year.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Lavida Blue Motion for the China car market

August 26, 2013 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Volkswagen Lavida Blue Motion for the China car market

Spy shots showing the upcoming Volkswagen Lavida Blue Motion, the extra clean & green variant of the China-only Volkswagen Lavida sedan. The Blue Motion comes with low resistance tires, an extra streamlined grille, a start-stop system, and the 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine which is also available in the base Lavida.

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Spy Shots: BYD T3 electric transport van

August 22, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: BYD T3 electric transport van

This is the new BYD T3 electric transport van, it will be launched on the China car market sometime next year. The T3 is based on the BYD e6 and designed to transport small-sized goods within city limits, maximum load is 600kg. A car like the T3 makes a lot of sense for green & clean, as most urban transport is now being done by minivans with stinky overcharged engines.

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Chang’an Eado Hybrid will hit the China car market in 2014

August 3, 2013 by Joey Wang

Chang'an Eado Hybrid will hit the China car market in 2014

The very first spy shots of the Chang’an Eado Hyrbid, it will be launched on the China car market in 2014. The hybrid will be a PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Details on the power train are scarce at the moment but we know that the gasoline engine is a 1.5 liter four-cylinder with 112hp.  Read more »

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Beijing Auto E-Series BEV will hit the China car market in 2014

August 3, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto E-Series BEV will hit the China car market in 2014

The Beijing Auto B-Series BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) will hit the China car market in the second half of 2014, debut of the production version will be at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2014. The E-Series BEV will be powered by a electric motor with 30hp, good for a 125km/h top speed.

The vehicle seems to be an all-Chinese affair. The engine is made by Ocean Motor New Power Technology and the battery by Beijing Pride Power Technology. No word yet on price but bet it won’t be cheap, even with subsidies taken into account. The Beijing Auto E-Series hatchback was launched in March 2012 and the sedan joined the line in May.

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BMW i3 debuts in Beijing

July 31, 2013 by W.E. Ning

BMW i3 debuts in Beijing

The BMW i3 debuted in Beijing last night, with simultaneous events in New York and London, underscoring the importance of the Chinese market for BMW. The BMW i3 will be launched on the China car market in the first half of 2014.

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