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Charging the EV in China, the Chinese way

March 22, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Charging the EV in China, the Chinese way

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…

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X25 is Naked in China

May 25, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X25 is Naked in China

The very best Spy Shots so far of the new Beijing Auto Senova X25, and it is becoming quite a funky looking little thing. The Senova X25 is a small crossover-SUV based on the  Senova D20 hatchback. The Senova X25 will be launched on the Chinese auto market later this year.

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X25 testing in China

May 22, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X25 testing in China

The best Spy Shots so far of the new Beijing Auto Senova X25, a small crossover-SUV based on the  Senova D20 hatchback. The Senova X25 will be launched on the Chinese auto market later this year. It will be the second SUV in the Senova line-up after the Senova X65 which was launched in March.

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Spotted in China: the Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi

February 27, 2015 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: the Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi

A brand new Beijing Auto Senova EV200 electric taxi, Spotted in China in the Fengtai District in Beijing. The taxi is based on the sedan version of the Senova EV200 hatchback, which in turn is based on the petrol-powered Senova D20.

The Senova EV200 electric taxi is part of a pilot project consisting of 500 cars that will be put to work in the southern suburbs of Beijing. The project is a continuation of a similar scheme with 200 Beijing Auto E150EV (the predecessor of the EV200) that started last year in the north eastern suburbs.

The new project was announced on the very last day of 2014 but it hasn’t officially started yet. The example I found in Fangzhuang is probably one of the first cars to hit the road.

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Beijing Auto Senova D20 launched on the Chinese car market

January 19, 2015 by W.E. Ning

Beijing Auto Senova D20 launched on the Chinese car market

The Beijing Auto Senova D20 has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 48.800 yuan and ends at 82.800 yuan. The Senova D20 is basically a facelifted Beijing Auto E-Series that has been moved under the Senova brand, it debuted last year on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show.

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Beijing Auto Senova EV200 EV launched in China

December 18, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Beijing Auto Senova EV200 EV launched in China

The new Beijing Auto Senova EV200 has been launched on the Chinese auto market. The Senova E200 is an electric vehicle from China based on the Beijing Auto Senova D20 hatchback. Price after green-car subsidies by central and local governments is 136.900 yuan ($26.400), the subsidies on the EV200 total an impressive 90.000 yuan ($14.500).

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Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X25 SUV testing in China

December 8, 2014 by Joey Wang

Spy Shots: Beijing Auto Senova X25 SUV testing in China

Spy Shots of the new Beijing Auto Senova X25, a small SUV based on the platform of the Senova D20 hatchback. The Senova X25 will hit the Chinese auto market in early 2016. It will be the second SUV in the Senova line-up after the Senova X65 which will be launched next year.

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Beijing Auto Senova EV200 will hit the Chinese car market on December 12

December 4, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Beijing Auto Senova EV200 will hit the Chinese car market on December 12

This is the new Beijing Auto Senova EV200, an electric vehicle based on the Beijing Auto Senova D20 hatchback. The Senova EV 200 will be launched on the Chinese car market on December 12. Price, after green-car subsidies from central and local governments, will start around 130.000 yuan and end around 160.000 yuan ($21.125 – 26.000). Total subsidy on the EV200 is about 90.000 yuan ($14.600). Note blue grille; blue is the new green.

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2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Beijing Auto Senova D20 debuts in China

November 24, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

2014 Guangzhou Auto Show: Beijing Auto Senova D20 debuts in China

The new Beijing Auto Senova D20 hatchback debuted on the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. The Senova D20 is basically a facelifted Beijing Auto E-Series that has been moved under the Senova brand. A good move it seems because the vehicle suddenly looks a lot hipper.

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