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Volkswagen and Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motors) were granted approval Monday to jointly build plug-in vehicles in China. The joint venture’s approval is to locally manufacture 100,000 battery electric vehicles and it has a market valuation of 5.1 billion yuan ($740 million), according to a JAC Motors stock exchange filing. The regulatory filing started in […]

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Auto Shanghai 2017 is a beacon for electrified “new energy vehicle” launches, but automakers fear that Chinese government sales mandates won’t be reachable. The Shanghai auto show opens Friday and will be a showcase of battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles offered by global, China-based, and startup automakers. Automakers have been in awe of […]

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Ford Motor Co. is expanding its presence in China’s burgeoning plug-in electrified vehicle market with two vehicle launches and by adding manufacturing facilities. One, based on the European version of the Fusion, is the Mondeo Energi plug-in hybrid to be launched early next year. It will be the first PHEV manufactured by Ford’s state-mandated joint […]

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Volkswagen is preparing to launch its first all-electric I.D. car in 2020 to meet increasingly strict emissions rules in Europe and China. VW brand CEO Herbert Diess told analysts last week that the I.D. concept hatchback shown at the Paris auto show last year is expected to have its design approved in August for the […]

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Chinese search engine giant Baidu is jumping into the electric hypercar race after investing about $600 million in NextEV. Shanghai-based NextEV has been seeking capital to roll out its Tesla-competitive NIO brand. The startup hosted a splashy launch event at Saatchi Gallery in London in November, dazzling attendees with the NIO EP9. NextEV is calling […]

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Converting the city’s taxi fleet over to electric cars is part of Beijing’s goal of cleaning up its polluted air and supporting the government’s electrification campaign. China’s capitol city has announced a plan to see that all of the approximately 67,000 taxi cabs operating in Beijing be replaced with electric taxis. The process will take […]

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China continues ratcheting up its plug-in vehicle sales forecasts, with 800,000 projected in 2017 sales. That would make for a 58-percent increase from 2016 sales of “new energy vehicles” as it’s called under Chinese government policies. It includes all plug-in passenger and commercial vehicles, such as medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Xu Yanhua, a […]

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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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