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    Official: Tang SUV illuminates BYD's new 5-4-2 strategy
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    Translated into American-friendly figures, BYD may as well call its new numeric-driven strategy "5-4-118." Of course, that doesn't have the same ring as "5-4-2." Those are the numbers on which the China-based vehicle maker is basing its performance and efficiency goals for all future vehicle ...

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    Zap says it has 25,000 orders for Urbee, Sparkee EVs in China
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    They say that in China, if you're one in a million, there are still a thousand people just like you. The point being, there are a lot of people in China – 22 million vehicles were sold there in 2013 – so that can help us put today's announcement of 25,000 orders for Zap Jonway's new ...

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    Report: Could Tesla build EVs in China as soon as 2017?
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    A 25-percent import tariff can certainly make an automaker take notice (to wit: Toyota). In Tesla's case, that means getting production capabilities on the ground in China as soon as possible. According to Bloomberg News, that could mean 2017. Or maybe not. Bloomberg, citing comments by Tesla ...

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    Report: Local production could improve Toyota Prius' fortunes in China
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    The Toyota Prius is the world's most popular hybrid vehicle, but it may take domestic production capabilities for the model to achieve a high level of popularity in China. Japan-based Toyota is aiming to produce an increasing percentage of Prius components in China in order to bring down its ...

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    Official: VW ready to spend $25B on at least 6 EVs in China by 2018
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    Standing next to the lovely GTE plug-in hybrid during the Beijing Motor Show, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn announced a renewed, $25-billion focus for the German automaker on electric mobility in China. EVs + China is not a new equation for VW (see here and here and here), but the time is now for the ...

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    Beijing: Chinese Nissan Leaf goes on sale in September as Venucia e30
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    The upcoming Chinese version of the Nissan Leaf, the Venucia e30, was not the highlight of the Dongfeng Nissan stand at this year's Beijing Motor Show. That honor goes to the R30, a compact car with "segment-competitive fuel economy" and a starting price of under RMB 50,000 ($8,033 US). But that ...

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    Official: Zap readies new urban EV 'Urbee' for smoggy China
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    Zap Jonway is introducing an urban electric vehicle whose name frankly makes it sound a little bit like a stuffed animal. It's called the "Urbee." Batteries are included. Zap Jonway, whose Zap parent is based in Santa Rosa, CA, and whose Jonway subsidiary is in Zhejiang, China, showed off the ...

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    Report: Volkswagen could build plug-in hybrids in China
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    When you're Europe's largest automaker and your largest global market happens to be the one most notorious for its pollution (China), some solutions just present themselves. Volkswagen may be heeding that call. During the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, the company is expected to announce plans to ...

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    Read This: Why US roads aren't smothered in BYD electric vehicles
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    Remember back in 2008 when BYD (Build Your Dreams) first displayed its fuel saving hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show and later announced plans to begin selling in the US in 2010? A quick glance at any street in the country will provide ample evidence that the Chinese automaker has failed to smother ...

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    Report: Tesla gigafactory will source materials from North America to keep things green
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    It's one thing for the Big 3 to get tires and engine parts from cities along the US Rust Belt. It's another thing altogether, though, for Tesla Motors to source far more esoteric materials like graphite, cobalt and lithium from Canada and the northern US. But that's what the California-based ...

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    Official: EPA levies another fine on engine importer for Clean Air Act violations
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    If nothing else, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing its best to ensure that not too much of that notorious Beijing smog wafts its way over here. The regulator once again smacked a China-based maker of recreational vehicles and engines with a penalty for violating the country's ...

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    Read This: Here's how buying a Tesla Model S works in China
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    When it comes to selling and delivering the California-made Tesla electric vehicles in China, we know there's a bit of a time difference. And that difference may be more a matter of months than hours as the California-based electric vehicle maker prepares to start sales in the world's most ...

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    Official: BYD Qin is best-selling EV in China so far in 2014
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    2014 and 2015 are shaping up to be China's time to shine in the plug-in vehicle spotlight. The Tesla Model S is making an appearance. The BYD Denza EV is coming. The China-built version of the Nissan Leaf, the Venucia Morning Wind, will roll off the line. All this is happening just in time, too, ...

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    Official: BYD gets order for 1,200 electric buses from Dalian, China
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    The good news is that the BYD electric buses slated for service in the China city of Dalian will easily be able to go from the factory to the streets on a single charge. Dalian has put an order in for a whopping 1,200 BYD electric buses, which are said to have a single-charge range of about 155 ...

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    Official: EPA fines Chinese recreational-vehicle maker $725,000 for excessive emissions
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    Two China-based companies and a US-based importer affiliate were fined a combined $725,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their roles in bringing in motorcycles and recreational vehicles from China that didn't comply with federal clean-air laws. Minnesota-based CFMOTO ...

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    Official: Zap introduces new, yet quite familiar, Sparkee EV commuter car
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    If the new Zap Sparkee EV looks a bit familiar, well, you sure know your Shuanghuan Nobles - and, of course, your Smart Fortwos. Still, given China's less-than-strict rules on copyrights, Zap Jonway should be fine in bringing the past back with the new Sparkee EV. Zap says it expects to sell ...

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    Official: China installing huge DC fast charging network using yet another standard
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    It's not like the Japanese and European-American automaker contingents can agree upon a fast-charging standard for their electric vehicles, so why bother going along with either of them. That's what the BYD-Daimler partnership may have been thinking, choosing ABB as the standard supplier of ...

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    Study: Charging millions of EVs at once? It's a math problem
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    Preparing for the brave new world where the number of plug-in vehicles looking for a charge grows high enough to match to the current electricity supply, one study from China's Sichuan University is suggesting a novel concept. It's called the honor system, and it might one day be needed to ...

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    Report: BYD CEO calls Tesla a rich man's toy, not worried about competition
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    We've heard the comment, "the Tesla Model S is a rich man's toy" before. Usually it comes from a Cranky McCrankster-type of character in the Comments beneath posts about the all-electric automobile. Not everyone sees the utility of an expensive car that can seat up to seven, run with Corvettes ...

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    Report: Beijing has glut of EV licenses, despite difficulty of registering new gas car
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    Would Beijing residents rather walk than drive a Chinese-made electric vehicle? That appears to be the case, since few of them are applying for EV licenses despite having little chance of getting approved for new conventional vehicles. The trend will do little to help Beijing's position as the ...

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