Category Archives: Electric Car

Battery Pack Defects Blamed for Zotye EV Fire

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On June 8, almost two months after a Zotye M300 (Langyue) EV caught fire which prompted the city of Hangzhou to pull all 30 electric taxicabs off the streets (see our post here), the investigation team from the Quality Supervision and Inspection Administration of the city and Zhejiang province, announced their findings at a press […]

CATARC Advises against EV Battery Switching Stations

As the government’s green vehicle development plan waits for final approval, China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) has expressed its doubts to officials in charge on the feasibility of a nationwide network of EV battery swap stations, says its director Zhao Hang. The powerful State Grid has been a major proponent of battery swap […]

FAW-VW to Launch “Kaili” Brand EV

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The latest bulletin of upcoming new vehicles from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reveals that FAW-Volkswagen is preparing to release an all-electric car, coded FV7002, under the new, China-only brand "Kaili." Several sino-foreign joint ventures (GAC-Honda, Dongfeng-Honda, Dongfeng-Nissan, SGMW, etc.) have launched or plan to launch marques specifically for the Chinese market, partly […]

Dongfeng-Yulon Luxgen Neora EV Concept: Auto Shanghai in Pictures (7)

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The Neora EV concept, which made a partial appearance at last year’s EVS25 in Shengzhen, was fully unveiled today in Shanghai by the joint venture of Dongfeng Motor and Taiwan’s Yulon Motor. It is on display alongside three other Luxgen "intelligent EV models": electric versions of Luxgen MPV, SUV and CEO. Propelled by an electric […]

Buick Envision SUV Concept: Auto Shanghai in Pictures (3)

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The joint venture of SAIC and GM launched Buick Envision concept on Monday in Shanghai, highlighting China as the most important market of Buick cars. Developed by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), the Buick Envision concept is a series-parallel PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) in the form of a midsize AWD SUV. Its […]

BYD K9 Electric Bus to Be Tested in Denmark

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BYD Auto and the Danish public transport agency, Movia, reached an agreement on March 10 to field-test two all-electric K9 buses in Copenhagen, according to Xinhua. If everything goes well, the K9 will formally join the city’s bus fleet in the second half of 2012. In China, the K9 has since January 2011 been serving […]

JAC Plans to Deliver 2,000 Tojoy/J3 EVs in 2011

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Jianghuai Auto Co., Ltd (JAC) says it prepares to deliver 2,000 units of the all-electric Tojoy (J3, Tongyue) subcompact this year, as the first batch of 585 orders are currently being filled. Through a government-sponsored program, the Tojoy EV was released last month when 60 units of it were handed over to employees of a […]

4,884 Alternative Fuel Buses Were Sold in 2010, Up 105%

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Last year, sales of alternative fuel buses (hybrid, all-electric, fuel-cell, etc) in China more than doubled from 2009, reaching 4,884 units, as cities wanted more clean vehicles for public transportation. A total of 414,500 buses were sold in China last year, up 27.66% from 2009. Thus, despite fast growth, the market share of "new energy" […]