A new electric taxi demonstration project in Beijing. One hundred Chang’an E30 electric taxi’s will roam the streets of faraway Fangshan District where Chang’an has a new factory. I saw this new Chinese electric car up close last weekend at a ‘Clean Energy Expo’ here in town.
Production of the new Chang’an CD101 will start in September in Chang’an’s new plant in Beijing. The CD101 will be powered by a 2.0, a 1.8 or a new 1.8 turbo, it will be listed on the Chinese car market in November. The Chang’an CD101 will officially debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April.
Some good news for BYD. The company has won a contract to deliver 1500 pure electric K9 buses and e6 taxis to the public transportation fleet from the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province. Shenzhen is BYD’s hometown and has the largest all-electric vehicle fleet in a single city in the world. The contract consists of 1000 K9 buses and 500 e6 taxi’s.
China is looking for alternatives for gasoline. The country will spend 1.59 trillion U.S. dollars over the next five years looking for ‘green’ solutions. One possibility is methanol, China starts a 3-year trial in 3 different provinces. If the results are good the trial will extended in time and scope. From People’s Daily:
China’s industrial authority said Tuesday that it will introduce trials for methanol-fueled cars in three provincial level regions starting this month, signalling the world’s second largest economy’s resolution to boost greener economic growth.
Ford Motor is facing stiff industry wide regulatory obstacles to future growth in China, even as the auto maker launches a $490 million plant to boost its presence there.
The plant opened Friday in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing—its third passenger-car plant and fourth overall assembly plant in China—will give it much-needed capacity to help propel sales. Ford lags far behind General Motors Co. and other global rivals in penetrating China’s market, the world’s biggest in the number of vehicles sold.
China conducted a total of 85 auto recalls, covering 1.83 million flawed vehicles in 2011, up 55 percent from a year earlier, the country’s quality watchdog said Tuesday.
China-made vehicles took the lion’s share, making up 93.7 percent of all recalls, while imported cars accounted for 6.3 percent, Li Yuanping, spokesman of the General Administration of Quality Supervision (AQSIQ), Inspection and Quarantine, said at a press conference.
Chinese car maker BYD Co Ltd said on Tuesday that its net profit in 2011 fell by 44 percent from a year earlier due to fierce competition in the world’s largest auto market and a sharp fall in photovoltaic product prices.
Backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett, BYD posted net profit of 1.4 billion yuan ($222 million) last year, down from 2.52 billion yuan in 2010, it said in a preliminary results statement filed to the Shenzhen stock exchange. Read more »
Beijing has banished about 12,500 vehicles from other provinces from entering the city because they were deemed to have excessive emissions. About 1,000 drivers were also fined since the city launched a 24-hour inspection on exhaust emission earlier this month, says the city’s environment watchdog.
Chinese automaker shares rose, led by Dongfeng Automobile and FAW Car after the government excluded foreign brands from a preliminary list for official- vehicle purchases.
Dongfeng Automobile jumped 10 percent, the first time it climbed by the daily limit since November 2009, and traded at 3.81 yuan as of 9:46 a.m. in Shanghai. FAW gained 4.9 percent to 10.78 yuan in Shenzhen. Great Wall Motor rose 3.6 percent to 14.51 yuan, set for the highest close since its Shanghai share sale in September.
Even though it was sold to a Chinese automaker in 2010, Volvo Cars will have to form a 50-50 joint venture with new owner Geely to meet government requirements on local production, according to a senior executive of the Swedish carmaker.
Volvo has applied as a foreign brand for permission to build cars locally, so it must meet prerequisites that include a local partner, R&D facilities and developing a new brand owned by the joint venture, said Freeman Shen, senior vice-president of Volvo Cars and chairman of Volvo’s China operations.