Volkswagen has stated it will start mass production of electric cars in China in 2016. Volkswagen will make the electric cars at each of its two Chinese joint ventures; FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai-Volkswagen. Which cars Volkswagen will built is yet unconfirmed but the rumor mill says the E-up! and the E-Golf will be the starters. The much publicized FAW-Volkswagen Kaili EV will remain a make-the-government-happy pilot project without any form of mass production.
Volkswagen reckons the market for electric cars in China will start to grow in the future, when fuel prices and anti-pollution measures will make the petrol-powered cars less popular.
good things that VW will introduce these 2 update EV in the Chinese market. The congested and polluted chinese megacities need elelctric citycar with advanced battery and powertrain. Another good news is the introduction in the China market of the Smart electric drive already available in Beijing and Shanghai for private purchaser at a price around 230.000 RMB ( pity there is no discount because imported EV).
Now there is no more excuse for domestic brand to continue to propose obsolete EV with old battery technology, outdated electric motors motors and heavy weight ( Kaili, Zinoro ) .
I think that is arrived the moment for domestic automakers to work on nice city cars ( only available nice model is now Roewe e50)