Category Archives: Electric Car

BYD T5 Pure-electric Truck

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Last November at a press conference introducing BYD’s plan to electrify public transport, Chairman Wang Chuanfu talked about extending the company’s EV line beyond the e6, F3DM, and K9 to include a "T" series of light-duty trucks–the T3, T5, and T7. The cargo carriers will be designed to run delivery routes in urban areas at […]

Sales of Plug-in EVs Up 42.7% to 5,889 in H1 2013

Automakers in China delivered 5,114 pure-electric and 775 plug-in hybrid vehicles in the first six months of 2013, according to CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). Compared to the same period a year ago, sales of plug-in EVs (PEVs)–at a combined total of 5,889–rose 42.7%. Production of PEVs went up 56.3% to 5,885 units, which […]

Minor Explosion of BYD e6 Charger in Hong Kong

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A fast charger serving BYD e6 taxis exploded in Hong Kong earlier this week, causing no injuries. The affected charging station was closed for investigation. The accident happened just one month after BYD e6 taxi service was launched in Hong Kong. The EV maker, which was based in the neighboring city Shenzhen, said at the […]

BMW Starts Field Testing of ActiveE in Beijing

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A fleet of ActiveE started to roam the streets of Beijing on Tuesday as BMW’s "project i" entered the second phase in China–after the field testing of the Mini E. 20 Beijingers were given keys of the pure-electric sedans, and for 4,200 Yuan a month (after paying a deposit of 30,000 Yuan) they can drive […]

Only 269 Pure-electric Cars Were Sold in Shanghai despite Heavy Subsidies

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Shanghai’s program to promote EVs, carried out with much fanfare in the past two years, has achieved little success. At a press conference held on June 7, the municipal government disclosed that private consumers had bought only 269 pure-electric cars, of which 121 went directly to individuals, 148 to vehicle-leasing companies. One of the pilot […]

Toyota to Make EV Batteries in Changshu

Toyota and its battery supplier/subsidiary, Primearth EV Energy, plan to establish a joint venture with two Chinese companies in the city of Changshu, reveals Hunan Corun New Energy, one of the partners. The new venture, to be approved by the Chinese government, is named CORUN PEVE (CHINA) AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CO., LTD and devoted to developing, […]

Kia Started Trial Run of Horki EV

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On May 9 the joint venture of Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia (DYK) handed over the keys of an EV fleet to government officials in Yancheng, Jiangsu, setting in motion a pilot program promoting green mobility. The fleet includes ten Horki all-electric sedans and two Kia K5 hybrids. They will be managed by a green car company set up […]

GAC-Toyota Unveiled New Logo and EV Concept

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Following other joint ventures GAC-Toyota plans to launch a new auto brand focusing on the Chinese market. At the 2013 Shanghai auto show, the logo of that brand was revealed without, oddly enough, being named. The logo, said to represent the letter "I," was exposed on an EV concept. GAC-Toyota provided no details about either […]

Venucia Viwa EV Concept: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

officials of dongfeng nissan on stage with venucia viwa

Venucia, Dongfeng-Nissan’s local brand, brought four models to Shanghai: R50 (a re-badged Nissan Tiida/Versa), D50 (a notchback version of Nissan Tiida), E30 (a re-badged Nissan Leaf), and the Viwa pure-electric concept. The last-mentioned was launched on April 20 as a key part of the "V-Blue Strategy," Venucia’s plan to develop and promote a green product […]

BYD-Daimler is Building a 40,000-Unit EV Production Capacity in Shenzhen

The joint venture between BYD and Daimler is constructing a production line in Pingshan, Shenzhen, which can roll out 40,000 DENZA-brand electric cars a year, according to the company’s CEO Lian, Yubo. The capacity is lower than the previous estimate but vastly exceeds the current market demand. When entering the alliance with BYD in 2010, […]

3,175 Plug-in EVs Were Sold in the First Quarter

2,874 pure-electric vehicles were sold in the first three months of 2013, up 57% from a year earlier, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). Deliveries of plug-in hybrids reached 301. The Chinese government refers to plug-in EVs, pure-electric or hybrid, as "new energy vehicles." CAAM recorded 3,175 sales in this category in the […]