Category Archives: Electric Car

Mini E Goes on Field Trial in China

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15 Beijing residents were handed the keys of the all-electric Mini E today, starting a one-year real-world trial. Test drivers in the other participating Chinese city, Shenzhen, will get the keys next month. In total, BMW will assign 50 test vehicles to private users in China. Similar trials have been carried out in the US […]

Haima Freema EV Goes on Public Trial

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FAW Haima disclosed on Feb. 16 that as many as 3,500 units of its all-electric Freema MPV will be put to real-world tests in various cities across China, including 300 to be deployed in Hainan Providence. Earlier this month, 12 units were handed over to the city of Haikou, capital of Hainan, to be used […]

Shanghai GM Unveils Chevrolet Sail EV Concept at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show

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Just as promised in its "drive to green" roadmap for the next five years (see Shanghai GM Sets 2015 "Drive to Green" Goals), Shanghai GM unveiled an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Sail subcompact before the year-end at the 2010 Guangzhou Auto Show held between Dec 20 and Dec. 27. Displayed alongside the Volt plug-in […]

EVS25 Opens in Shenzhen, Showcasing 200+ Clean Fuel Vehicles

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The 25th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS25) opens in the southern Chinese city Shenzhen today. Calling for a "sustainable mobility revolution," the five-day event (5-9 Nov.) will examine latest developments in clean transportation through conferences and exhibitions. Test drive opportunities will also be provided. More than 350 companies around the globe will showcase […]

Toyota Partners with CATARC on Prius PHEV Trials in China

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Toyota signed an agreement with China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) on October 28 on jointly carrying out field trials of the Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in China. To prepare for the 2012 release of the plug-in Prius, Toyota has been testing pre-production models in its major markets including Japan, the US, […]

Hafei Saibao EV: The First Chinese-made Car to Be Sold in the U.S.?

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After years of failed attempts, Chinese-made cars seem finally coming to American highways–and they are all-electric! They will be sold under an American brand, though. Later this year, the California-based EV venture, CODA Automotive, is to sell in its home state a Hafei-built, all-electric sedan, the American version of Saibao EV. The gasoline-powered Saibao, first […]

ZAP-Jonway Moves Forward, A380 EV Exposed

The U.S. EV company ZAP (Zero Air Pollution) and China’s Jonway Group signed a memo over strategic partnership on 25 September in Sanmen, Taizhou of Zhejiang Province, where Jonway is based. ZAP CEO Steven Schneider said at the new conference that ZAP will acquire the remaining 49% stake in Jonway Auto next March, and the […]

Toyota Delays Production of Third Generation Prius in China

According to sources within FAW-Toyota, the joint venture is still in the stage of assessing production and marketing challenges and has no timetable set for introducing the third generation Prius, abandoning a previous plan to begin production this year. From 2005 to 2009, FAW-Toyota had built the second generation Prius in Changchun of Northeast China. […]

Zotye Aims to Sell 3,000 Electric Cars This Year

We reported last week that Zotye Auto, based in Zhejiang, had started leasing pure-electric cars to individual customers in the city of Hangzhou. While not knowing how many vehicles have been delivered, we hear from Zotye that it is extending its EV sales network to other cities such as Shenzhen and Shanghai, and aims to […]

Forget Leaf and Volt. You Can Have a Zotye EV Now!

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Zotye Auto is one of those lesser-known Chinese automakers that aspire to become a major player in the future global market of electric cars. While many are still waiting for the general release of Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, or BYD e6, Zotye already started delivering its affordable, high-speed, all-electric cars to individual consumers. And they […]

“New Beetle” EV for Only $3,000?

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(The pics: "VW New Beetle" EVs) As today’s China can tell, EVs are not all high-tech, high-priced products gaining favors from governments everywhere. Pure-electric cars can be cheaper and easier to make, and many Chinese officials, especially those in big cities, just cannot tolerate them–even though the general public often find them useful. Workshops have […]