With Geely, Daimler sends Smart electric-car brand to China

2020 Smart EQ Forfour and FortwoMercedes-Benz and Geely announced on Wednesday that its fully electric city-car brand, Smart, is going Chinese. The companies have secured the regulatory approvals to formally establish Smart as a global joint venture based in Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo, and will have sales organizations in China and Germany. Mercedes parent company Daimler, and Geely...

GM reveals the Chevy Menlo electric car to China

2020 Chevrolet MenloGeneral Motors officially unveiled its new Menlo EV Friday, giving the Chinese market its first real look at the car that will spearhead the company's local electrification efforts. The Chevrolet Menlo likely would weigh in at 200 miles or less by EPA estimates (410 km NEDC). It will also feature MyLink infotainment with smart-enabled features...

Eight Chinese electric-car companies: Headed for boom or bust?

ChinaAt almost twice the volume of the U.S., China is the world’s largest car market. Its government has aggressive plans to put the country at the forefront of global electric-car development, deployment, and sales. China’s entrepreneurs have responded energetically, with more than 60 electric-car brands now on the market or promised. Some...

Eight China-connected electric-car companies: Headed for boom or bust?

ChinaAt almost twice the volume of the U.S., China is the world’s largest car market. Its government has aggressive plans to put the country at the forefront of global electric-car development, deployment, and sales. China’s entrepreneurs have responded energetically, with more than 60 electric-car brands now on the market or promised. Some...

Seven China-connected electric-car companies: Headed for boom or bust?

ChinaAt almost twice the volume of the U.S., China is the world’s largest car market. Its government has aggressive plans to put the country at the forefront of global electric-car development, deployment, and sales. China’s entrepreneurs have responded energetically, with more than 60 electric-car brands now on the market or promised. Some...

Renault City K-ZE goes on sale in China for $8,700

Renault City K-ZERenault's new all-electric city crossover went on sale in China earlier this month. Starting at just over $8,700 (after government subsidies), the baby EV offers quick at-home charging and a small footprint at the expense of speed and overall range. The City K-ZE is rated for 271 km (168 miles) of total range measured by NEDC, which might not work...

Tesla gets official nod from China with tax exemption

2019 Tesla Model 3 PerformanceThe California-based electric car maker Tesla has received a boost from the nation with the world’s largest auto market—China. As part of a declaration posted Friday by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Tesla is receiving an exemption from a 10-percent purchase tax. The news, which is part of a broad...

Polestar opens its own factory to build flagship plug-in hybrid

Polestar production facility and customer experience center  -  Chengdu, ChinaVolvo’s Polestar electric performance vehicle brand is, step by step, asserting itself as a standalone automaker. And two of the largest leaps yet were announced by the brand today. One of them is that Polestar’s first production facility, in Chengdu, is now open and making the Polestar 1, a sleek high-performance plug-in hybrid sport...

The godfather of EVs in China has turned his attention to hydrogen cars

Kenworth T680 with Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, at 2019 CESIt's no accident that nearly half of the world's electric cars on the road today are in China. According to the International Energy Agency, of the 1.9 million battery electric vehicles on the road, 951 million are found in China. Wan Gang had a lot to do with that. The former Audi exec is now China's state science and technology chief and helped...