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The Renault-Nissan Alliance appears ready to jump into the low-cost, competitive electric car market, at a much lower price than $35,000. Gérard Detourbet, a Renault chief engineer best known for bringing low-cost competitive cars to market, is heading up the launch of a cheap electric car, according to French financial newspaper Les Echos. Detourbet is […]

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While manufacturing plug-in electrified vehicles has become a hot business angle for Chinese-backed startups, about 90 percent of them may soon be out of the business. Inspired by generous government subsidies for “new-energy vehicles,” more than 200 startup companies backed by Chinese billionaires and other investors have entered the market. About 95 percent of these […]

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Tesla Motors wants an easier way to build its vehicles in China, and is hoping the Obama administration can help. Under current laws, China only allows foreign auto companies to build vehicles within the country if they are first paired with a Chinese partner. This adds to the cost and complications for carmakers that aren’t […]

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China has been aggressively adding new initiatives to spur adoption of electrified vehicles, and its efforts are paying off. Looking only at passenger vehicles, if sales continue at the current rate, about 121,000 EVs will be sold in China by the end of the year. The U.S., in comparison, will reach 112,000 sales if it […]

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Building on its current momentum within the region, General Motors announced it will be part of a new venture to construct an electrified vehicle factory in China. GM is joining SAIC Motor Corp Ltd and Wuling Motors to build the $470 million plant. A GM representative said the factory will be dedicated to producing only […]

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Saab, currently owned by National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS), is ready to make cars again and has its sight set on electrified vehicles. The brand hasn’t had much of a presence in the U.S. since 2011, when financial shortfalls caused production to stop. After purchasing Saab the following year, NEVS put together a limited […]

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This month Nissan released its all-new Murano Hybrid in China, but the company’s plans for the hybrid model in the U.S. remains unclear. “As a key market in Nissan’s global business, China is the first market to introduce the hybrid version of Murano,” Nissan said. Nissan is looking to tap into “young urbanites” in the […]

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China will be implementing new electrified vehicle initiatives next year, using some of the same strategies that helped California achieve higher-than-average EV sales. The plan, as reported by Reuters, is a two-step approach: require automakers to sell a percentage of electrified vehicles (EVs), while also expanding the available incentives for consumers that buy them. Officials […]

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The congested metropolis of Beijing – which limits when vehicles can be driven – is creating an exemption for electric cars. As the massive capital of China, Beijing struggles with traffic jams and poor air quality. To curb both, in 2008 the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau began limiting when vehicles could be on the road, […]

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Tesla Motors representatives have been in talks with several auto manufacturers in China about a possible new factory, which may help boost sales and profits for the electric carmaker. According to The Want ChinaTimes, Tesla reps have spoken with Lifan Group and Chang’an Automobile Group, both located in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing. Chongqing has […]

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