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

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Visiting The Scene Of The May 1 Beijing Electric Bus Charging Station Fire

August 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

On the early afternoon of May 1 there was a huge fire at a electric-bus charging station at the Crab Island amusement park in Beijing. At least 55 buses burned out to the ground, another 20 buses partially burned down, and a dozen of charging poles completely burned to the black. I went to the area last week and found out that all the buses are still there. More videos and many photos below:

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One Minute Walk-around: The Zotye E200 EV

August 9, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Today in One Minute Walk-around the Zotye E200, a small two-seat electric car for the Chinese auto market with a striking and original design. The E200 costs 59,800 yuan ($8,950) after green-car subsidies. Power comes from an electric motor with 82hp and 165nm.

Top speed is 120 kilometers per hour and range is 155 kilometers. Charging takes just half an hour for 80% battery on a fast charger or 8 hours for a full load on 220V. It is a tiny little thing: 2735/1600/1630, and wheelbase is 1810. They are very popular at the moment, I seem them all over the place in Beijing and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the E200 eventually becomes Zotye;s best-selling car.

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Meet GM’s Cheapest Electric Car: The New Baojun E100 For China

August 8, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

This is the Baojun E100, a new electric mini car for China, and it has become a very cool vehicle. It is cheap too, priced between $5329 and $7264 after green-car subsidies. It is manufactured by the three-way SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture in which General Motors has a 44% stake. It comes in funky color schemes with a flat grille and head lights with dark visors.

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The New BYD Song Max Hybrid Will Get 446 HP!

August 7, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

BYD Song Max

These are the first photos of the plug-in hybrid version of the BYD Song Max MPV. It is going to be a spectacular car. It will combine a 156hp petrol engine with two electric motors, one on each axle. Combined output is a massive 446hp and 740nm. Yes, that is four-hundred forty-six. In a mid-sized MPV!

Name talk: the Song Max is the final and official name for the car formerly known as the Song 7 and the Song MPV.

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Zotye SR9 SUV Is Going Hybrid In China

August 7, 2017 by W.E. Ning

Zotye SR9

The infamous Zotye SR9 Porsche Macan clone is going plug-in hybrid. The SR9 HEV will debut on the Chengdu Auto Show later this month. The exterior appears to be unchanged compared to the petrol-powered car, but Zotye did…

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Spy Shots: NextEV NIO ES8 Is Getting Ready For The Chinese Car Market

July 27, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

NIO ES8

Spy Shots showing the NextEV NIO ES8 testing in China. The NIO ES8 is a large electric SUV that will be launched on the Chinese car market in 2018, featuring a very tall front end, a black windscreen frame, and a black roof.

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Tesla Model 3 Watch Out: Here Is The XPeng Identity X

July 14, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

XPeng Identity X

This is the XPeng Identity X, the production version of the XPeng Beta. The Identity X is an electric  crossover, it will be launched on the Chinese market in Q4, priced to compete head on with the upcoming Tesla Model 3.

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Official Images Of The NEVS 9-3 And 9-3X Concept Cars

June 1, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

NEVS 9-3

NEVS has released official images of the 9-3 and 9-3X concept cars, previewing an electric sedan and wagon, both based on the last generation Saab 9-3. The concepts will be unveiled on June 7 on the CES Asia in Shanghai. Design is still very Saab but NEVS has added a fine looking new front with a black grille with a blue line (blue is the color of green in China) and small LED lights that shine like diamonds.

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Eye To Eye With The Beijing Auto EC180 EV

May 17, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing Auto EC180 EV

The Beijing Auto EC180 is a popular small electric crossover for China. I met this dusty white example on a parking lot in the south of the capital. It comes with crossy things like black wheel arches, black bumpers, mud guards fore and aft, and proper roof rails. It also has blue lights lenses and a blue badge.

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The Zhidou D3 Is A New Small Electric Car From China

May 15, 2017 by Joey Wang

Zhidou D3

This is the Zhidou D3, a new electric mini car from China. It will be launched on the Chinese car market in Q3, positioned above the Zhiodu D2. It is classified by the Chinese government as a full-fledged electric car, not an LSEV, so it can hit the highway and buyers will get the green-car subsidies.

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