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Small electric cars with cheap prices have helped China lead global plug-in vehicle sales. In Shanghai, you could buy a small, two-door all-electric Chery eQ for about 60,000 yuan ($8,655) after subsidies before the end of the year. Without the government’s incentive plan it would have cost about an additional 100,000 yuan ($14,437). Even without […]

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Manufacturers of plug-in electrified vehicles in China will be having their subsidies reduced starting next year and requirements tightened, as the government cracks down on misreporting by makers. The Ministry of Finance posted documents on its website yesterday outlining caps on subsidies and increased technical specifications required to receive funding on plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs), […]

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China plans to adopt a national standard in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication that could lead the way for autonomous vehicle development. Society of Automotive Engineers of China Chief Fu Yuwu on Wednesday announced that in 2018 a national standard will be released. That will come after reevaluating it V2V standards, along with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), for the […]

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While incentive-driven electric car sales continue to be hot, Chinese analysts are concerned it will take several years for the technology to stand on its own in the market. Sales are seeing whopping gains this year, up 82.2 percent through October versus that same time period in the Chinese market last year. The China Association […]

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China will soon be regulating low-speed electric cars, a segment dwarfing full-speed “new-energy vehicles” in sales and causing potential safety hazards. Small electric cars with top speeds under 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) have taken off in rural areas of China, but they’re considered to be poorly made and powered by polluting lead batteries. […]

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An additional 20 automakers have violated rules in China’s “new energy vehicle” subsidy program targeted at increasing plug-in electrified vehicle sales. Securities Daily, an official Chinese newspaper, reported today that 20 more companies have committed violations. These include global automakers Nissan and Hyundai, and Chinese makers Geely, JAC Motor, and a subsidiary of electric carmaker […]

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Five Chinese bus makers are being penalized by the government for taking about 1 billion yuan ($150 million) in illegal “new energy vehicles” subsidies for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. China’s Ministry of Finance is revoking the production license of Suzhou Gemsea Coach Manufacturing. The ministry said that the other four firms, including a subsidiary […]

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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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China’s largest air-conditioning manufacturer Gree will be investing $2 billion in shares to buy a Chinese company that builds electric buses, lithium batteries, and drivetrain components. Gree Electric Appliances will be selling new shares to fund the purchase of Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy Co., Bloomberg reported. Yinlong has been manufacturing batteries for plug-in electrified vehicles […]

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China is considering phasing out subsidies for plug-in electrified vehicles and switching over to automaker mandates similar to California’s system. For China’s “new-energy vehicles” campaign, the government may eliminate its generous incentive program for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and transition over to a credit-based system for automakers to follow. Automakers would be required to build […]

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