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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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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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