May 30, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Earlier this month I wrote an article on the Beijing Auto BE701 but details were scarce. Today I saw the car at the Beijing International High Tech Exhibtion and found out a bit more. The BE701 is based on a Chrysler Sebring. The Sebring was made in China by a joint venture between Beijing Auto and Chrysler, that jv is now dead. Plan was to make the a couple of thousand BE701 ‘s for a pilot electric-taxi project in Beijing. But now the jv is gone, it loox like that plan is gone too. So likely this BE7101 will be a one-off for ever.
May 6, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
The Beijing BE701 is an electric vehicle based on the Chrysler Sebring. The Sebring is made in a joint venture between Beijing Automotive and Chrysler in Beijing.
The BE701 was announced in november last year but did not appear on the Beijing Auto Show. The plan was to produce a small number of cars, around 100-500, for a trial with electric taxi’s in Beijing, to start in 2011.
After the trial the next step in the plan was to produce several thousands vehicles for customers to lease directly from the factory, pretty much like GM did once before…