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Plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles saw huge sales growth in China during April – nearly three times the total seen a year ago. China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) reported that 31,722 electric vehicles were sold during the month in China, while production stood at 31,266. These fall under China’s New Energy Vehicles government […]

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Toyota Motor Corp. will be bringing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to China to tap into generous incentives, a Toyota executive said. Toyota executive Hiroji Onishi said that the Japanese carmaker plans to launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Toyota Corolla and Levin in China in 2018. Onishi, head of Toyota’s China operations, spoke to reporters […]

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A startup electric vehicle maker has recruited BMW i Series executives to move to China. Benoit Jacob, the designer of the BMW i8 sports car, has left the German automaker to join Future Mobility, an EV startup backed by large Chinese companies. Jacob will be joined at Future Mobility by Dirk Abendroth, who heads the […]

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One of China’s largest automakers – BAIC Motor – has opened a research and development facility in California. BAIC said the move is part of the company’s plans to establish a global presence. As part of this extension, the company will also open a research and development facility in Europe at a later, undisclosed date. […]

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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 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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As part of a countrywide initiative to promote more fuel-efficient transportation, China announced that it will stop charging annual taxes for some low- and zero-emission vehicles. The fee is part of China’s 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax (VVT). In addition to taxes for motorcycles, ships and commercial vehicles, the measure set an annual charge for […]

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China may already offer consumer incentives up to $9,300 for domestically built electric cars, but pro-EV Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says this is not enough to move the e30 built Dongfeng Motor Co. Instead, if Chin wants to sell more, it will need to make the deal better for consumers who aren’t buying, he said. […]

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