Published on January 9, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
Beijing City has added 200 electric taxis to its taxi fleet. The Beijing Auto E150EV taxis, based on the Beijing Auto E-series, will operate in Shunyi District to the northeast of Beijing proper. The project is chaired by the Shunyi District Department of Transportation, a government agency. The district has built a ‘New energy electric taxi operation center’ with 210 parking lots and 110 fast-charging points. The center is visible in the background.
Another 154 electric-taxi-only parking lots and 31 fast-charging points will be build throughout the district during this year. As for now, the taxis will only accept passengers traveling within Shunyi District, as there are no proper charging facilities anywhere else. The taxis will be busy anyway; Shunyi District has an area of 1,020 square kilometers (390 sq mi) and a population of about one million.
In the faraway future Beijing City wants to have 20 ‘new energy electric taxi operation centers’, so passengers can travel anywhere on electric power.
Published on August 3, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
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.
Published on May 3, 2013 by W.E. Ning
The Beijing Auto E-series sedan has been launched, with some delay, on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 59.800 yuan and ends at 87.800 yuan. The Beijing Auto E-series sedan is based on the E-series hatchback that hit the market in March 2012.
Published on February 5, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
BAIC and Daimler announced last Friday they are taking the Beijing-Benz joint venture a giant step further. Daimler takes a 12% stake in BAIC and both parties will work closely together to win market share from Audi and BMW. But on ‘grass roots level’ the close cooperation has already begun! On the first picture a Beijing Auto E-Series with a Mercedes-Benz grille. How did that happen?
Published on September 13, 2012 by W.E. Ning
A very cold Beijing Auto E-series seen in Beijing, stickered to the max with Angry Birds. The Finland-made app is very popular in China, so much indeed you can buy unlicensed birds all over the place, which is fun. Interestingly Rovio Entertainment, the baba of the birds, recently said it would not take legal action against Chinese copy-cat birdmakers because they actually helped Rovio to sell more apps.
Published on August 31, 2012 by Joey Wang
Beijing Auto has launched the E-series Beijing Youth Special Edition at the Chengdu Auto Show. The Beijing Auto Beijing Youth is made to celebrate Beijing Auto’s sponsorship of the popular TV show ‘Beijing Youth’, Beijing Auto will only make 99 examples for 58.800 yuan each.
Published on June 13, 2012 by W.E. Ning
The Beijing Auto E-series sedan will be launched on the Chinese car market in November. The sedan is based on the E-series hatchback that was launched in March. The E-series stands on the platform from the failed Smart ForFour and Mitsubishi Colt that were once made alongside each other by NedCar in the Netherlands.
Published on June 3, 2012 by W.E. Ning
The upcoming Beijing Auto E150EV will get a 120.000 yuan subsidy from the local Beijing government when it hits the Beijing-area car market later this year. Even then, it will still cost around 100.000 yuan while the patrol-powered E150 starts around 60.000 yuan.The E150EV will eventually also be sold in the rest of China, but how much subsidy it will get elsewhere is unclear.
Published on April 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
This first time I saw the new Beijing Auto E-series in da flesh. Beijing Auto brought four brand-new cars to the Beijing Automotive Trade Fair in Beijing and the local Beijing residents seemed to like it very much. And indeed, why not? The E looked very well-made, modern, and even a little bit cool.
Published on March 29, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
The new Beijing Auto E-series is based on the platform of the Smart FourFour, a Smart with space for four that was made by NedCar in the Netherlands between 2004 and 2006. The Smart Forfour shared most of its components with the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt which was made at the same factory. The ForFour was killed after only two years due to very slow sales. Now we know where the platform went!