NIO was planning a surprise for the upcoming NIO day, scheduled for July 23. But a set of leaked patent images has spoiled the party. The surprise is a roadster version of NIO’s aging EP9 electric hypercar. NIO may also unveil the new EF9 electric MPV on NIO Day, but that is yet unconfirmed.
The BYD Dolphin is a new compact electric car with a lot of style and the first BYD to carry the brand’s new logo. BYD has released a flock of pictures of the Dolphin’s interior, and it looks just and fancy as the outside. The 3-spoke steering wheel has a cool and sporty shape, with an almost-arty center. The free-standing digital instrument panel is relatively compact.
Ah, Chery QQ. These little Chevy Spark clones were everywhere back in the late 2000s when I arrived in China. Usually powered by a mighty 0.8L 3 cylinder, the QQ gained widespread popularity due to its very affordable price, cute design, and generally a lack of competition back in its era.
This is the first real-world photo of the upcoming NIO ET7 electric sedan, seen in pre-production form on the premises of a NIO factory. We have seen the ET7 before, but only under perfect lighting on auto shows or media events. The appearance is a sure sign development of the ET7 is now relatively close to completion. The NIO ET7 is expected to hit the Chinese car market in Q1 2022.
China’s iconic Hongqi brand is best known abroad for their ultra large state limousines. But in China, Hongqi is reinventing itself as a luxury EV brand. Partially, that is, for the company still launches new gasoline slurpers too.
Their latest new car is another EV, with the catchy name E-QM5. It rolls of the tongue so smoothly, does it not..? Hongqi The E-QM5 sure is a daring looking machine. It sits low to the ground, with swooping lines and a long wheelbase. The traditional Hongqi grille has been interpreted nicely for 2021, and the lights are brilliant.
This is the second part of our series on New Electric Cars From China – June 2021. For background and more cars see Part 1. We immediately continue with the car you see atop this post; the new BYD Dolphin.
In China, the central government has to approve every new car before an automaker can launch it on the market. The approved vehicles are added to a list and that list is published by the government every month. The list includes images and basic specs.
Automakers don’t like this at all because very often the list shows cars that are still a secret. Naturally, we don’t mind (: In this article the most important new electric cars from the list of the month June. The cars on the list will usually launch within 1-3 month of publication. Yes, we can see very far into the future.
This is the Aion S Plus, the new flagship electric sedan of China’s Aion electric vehicle brand. Aion was established in 2017. The brand is owned by GAC Aion New Energy Automobile, itself a subsidiary of GAC Group.
The Jimny has always been a popular in China, especially among middle aged womenfolk. But as the Jimny is an import, its relatively high price limits its appeal. That’s where creative Chinese car makers come in. And while they are at it, they make it an electric too. I don’t see Suzuki do that for another decade, considering their slow pace of EV development.
Kia may be known for its innovative electric cars in Europe and North America, but in China they are not that far. Currently, Kia sells only one locally-made EV in China, the KX3 EV, based on the petrol-powered KX3 crossover. And Kia doesn’t sell any import EVs. The lack of electric cars is a big problem for Kia in China, where the government has set very strict fuel economy standards for automakers.