Spy Shots showing a the facelifted Beijing AutoE-Series testing in China. The facelift includes a new grille, another new black grille in the front bumper, new front and rear bumpers, new rear lights, and new front and rear fog lights. The facelifted Beijing Auto E-Series will be launched on the China car market in Q3.
This is the new Beijing Auto E-Series Cross, a crossover based on the Beijing Auto E-Series hatchback. The E-Series Cross will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show next month and launch on the China car market in the second half of this year. The Cross got the typical cross treatment with extra plastic around the bumpers and wheel arches, black detailing here and there, skid pads under the bumpers, a roof rack, and funky stickers.
The Beijing Auto E150 EV has been launched on the China car market. However, as for now it is only available in the wider Beijing area, home to about 20 million people. The Beijing Auto E150 EV is an electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto E-Series.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.