News on green-tech development in the Chinese car industry; electric cars, hybrids, government subsidies and more.

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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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Eye to Eye with the Zhi Dou D2 EV in China

March 22, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Eye to Eye with the Zhi Dou D2 EV in China

This is the Zhi Dou D2, a small two-seat electric vehicle from China, wearing a cow wrap. The D2 was launched on the Chinese car market last June for 49.800 yuan including all subsidies.

I met two examples inside my compound where they were being sold right on the street. No shop no dealer, just a table, two chairs, and three salesmen. This way of selling electric cars is becoming quite common in Beijing.

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More on the TechRules A96 Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle from China

March 17, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

More on the TechRules A96 Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle from China

The Chinese company TechRules surprised the Geneva Motor Show with a  Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) supercar in race and in road form. Earlier on we showed you the GT96 race version, and now it is time for a closer look at the A96 road car, plus more photos of the technology.

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Spotted in China: Rayttle E28 in Red and in Green

March 15, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Rayttle E28 in Red and in Green

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).

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New Car Brand from China: Kissun Auto

March 15, 2016 by W.E. Ning

New Car Brand from China: Kissun Auto

China has yet another new car brand. The English name is Kissun, which stands for: “Kiss the Sun, Kiss the Future”. The Chinese name is Kunxing (坤行). The character kun symbolizes ‘earth’ and means ‘female’, the character xing stands for ‘profession, line of business’.

This name, according to the company, expresses how they want to do business; with the well-being of planet earth in mind. That sounds green and it is: Kissun Auto will focus on new energy vehicles. The logo symbolizes earth and the ‘changing interfaces’ of new energy vehicles, or so Kissun says.

We think the logo has a very sexual touch, and that it looks a tad or two too much like the Denza logo.

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BYD Qin EV300 is Ready for the Chinese car market

March 14, 2016 by W.E. Ning

BYD Qin EV300 is Ready for the Chinese car market

Fresh Spy Shots of the new BYD Qin EV300, the full-electric variant of the BYD Qin hybrid. The Qin EV will debut on the Beijing Auto Show next month and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter. Price including subsidies will start around 180.000 yuan.

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New Photos of the Zotye E200 EV for China

March 14, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

New Photos of the Zotye E200 EV for China

We have a big flock of new photos of the ultra hip Zotye E200 for China. The Zotye E200 is new electric car, it debuted last year on the Shanghai Auto Show and will be launched on the Chinese car market next month for about 70.000 yuan. The first examples have arrived at Zotye dealers throughout the country and that is where we found this fine blue over white example.

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Hawtai Auto iEV230 hits the Chinese auto market

March 14, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Hawtai Auto iEV230 hits the Chinese auto market

The Hawtai iEV230 has been launched on the Chinese car market. The iEV230 is an electric car based on the Hawtai Lusheng E70 sedan. Price including all green-car subsidies starts at 123.500 yuan and ends at 135.500 yuan. Next month Hawtai will launch the xEV260 electric SUV.

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Hawtai Auto xEV260 electric SUV to launch in China in April

March 11, 2016 by W.E. Ning

Hawtai Auto xEV260 electric SUV to launch in China in April

Hawtai Motor is going electric with the new xEV260, an all-electric SUV based on the Hawtai Shengdafei. The Hawtai xEV260 will debut on the Beijing Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter. Price including subsidies will start around 130.000 yuan.

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Beijing Auto previews a new Electric Supercar with Spanish roots

March 11, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto previews new Electric Supercar

Beijing Auto has released drawings of a new electric supercar concept that will debut on the Beijing Auto Show next month. The yet nameless vehicle will have a range of 300 kilometer and will go from 0 to 100 in only 3 seconds. It looks absolutely sharp and very racy.

The electric supercar has been designed and developed by BAIC BJEV R&D Center Barcelona, a joint venture between the Beijing Auto Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and Campos Racing of Spain.

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