The lack of chargers is still the biggest hurdle for electric cars in China. There are basically no public chargers. Not at shopping malls, not at parks, not at government buildings, just really nowhere. Installing home chargers is also very hard as most people in the cities live in high rise apartments.
Installing chargers in the parking lots would be a solution, but the famously misty ownership of these places and the unwilling management makes that a near impossibility too. EV owners thus have to find their own way to charge their car. On the photos a Beijing Auto Senova EV160 seen charging on a parking lot on my compound in east Beijing.
The 220V charger is plugged in, and it was charging as I took these photos. The line then goes under the rear door, likely to keep the plug steady. After that the only way is…
An ultra cool Kia Pride hatchback, Spotted in China in the Dongba area in the far east of Beijing. The little hatch was in a fine shape for the year. Body was clean, paint was smooth, no rust or rot, and all seemed period-original and complete. Naturally, this being Beijing, it was very dirty and dusty.
An absolute impressive Chinese transporttruck, Spotted in China by Reader Richard on a highway near the great city of Jinan in Shandong Province. The truck has an enormous extra overhang at the rear, measuring at least eight meters from the original rear end of the vehicle.
Two wondrous white motorcars, Spotted in China near the Goldenport race track in Beijing. To the left a first generation Subaru Impreza GL, and to the right a racy Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI. Both cars looked very dusty and dirty and somewhat abandoned, but they were in driveable slash raceable shape.
Three fiery horses on the side of a Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8, Spotted in China near the Goldenport race track in Beijing. The horses appear to be running through a desert-like landscape, their manes wild in the wind and their nose holes wide open, but the do look a bit sleepy in the eyes.
A white Honda Civic Type R and a white Honda Integra Type R, Spotted in China near the Goldenport race track in Beijing. Both looked absolutely speedy and absolutely dirty, and that is how we like it best. The cars race on track days and always pop up on all sorts of tuning shows. Now they are here.
A racy red Rayttle E28 low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV), Spotted in China in Beijing by Reader Sam Faulkner, thank you for the pictures! The Rayttle E28 is a perfect clone of the Renault Twizy EV and it is becoming quite popular in the capital, with several shops selling them now for about 28.000 yuan ($4300).
This must be the mother of all crazy Chinese transporttruck, it was Spotted in China in the suburbs of Beijing by Reader Lao Wei, thank you for the pictures! The truck is almost endless, measuring at least 30 meters long and some five high. Most impressive however is the overhang at the rear.
Over the years we have seen manygreatexamples of car transport the Chinese way, with two rows of cars on top on endlessly long trucks. We had however never seen how these trucks go through tunnels that are just a bit too narrow. Now we have; they drive in the middle! With many thanks to Reader Robert who is currently making a challenging road trip from Shanghai to Kashgar.