List of Electric Vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show

List of Electric Vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show

EV-facts-and-Myths

Used-ev-guide

electric car Mobile-App

EVs-in-China

List of Electric Vehicles at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show

The sixteenth edition of the Guangzhou Auto Show kicked off on the 16th of November 2016. Guangzhou is home to established brands such as GAC, named after the city and start-ups such as Thunder Power. Apart from the Beijing and Shanghai Auto Shows, the Guangzhou Auto show is one of the top 3 auto shows in China. Every year the electric vehicle component gets bigger and bigger, and the show is used by many brands to launch new models for the next calendar year. I have compiled a list of most of the electric cars at this year’s event. For detailed specs and further images, please click on the images of the EV which will link through to the dedicated page of that specific vehicle. Want to look back to last years event and see how the market has improved? For a list of EVs at the Guangzhou Auto Show 2017 go here. In this report, I will not dwell on international EVs such as the I-Pace and BMW i8 Roadster which were all present at this year’s show but primarily focus on local Chinese brands.

baic-bjev-arcfox-1

BAIC BJEV launched the upgraded edition of the Arcfox Lite first introduced at the end of 2017. Although I expected a lot from the Arcfox Lite only around 580 units have been sold to date. The new Lite is now available in a multi-color design allowing buyers to choose the color of the roof and an increased range exceeding 300km / 188miles (NEDC). The 2019 Arcfox Lite is also more efficient than the earlier model and has a slighter larger electric motor giving it a bump in its top speed. The 40kW max power electric motor provides a torque of 140N.m and provides a top speed of 120km/h (75mph). The energy efficiency is 12.1 kWh/100km and the battery pack consists of a 143 Wh/kg NCM battery.

baic-ex5-suv-ev

BAIC showed the production version of the BAIC BJEV EX5 EV SUV first introduced earlier the year in Beijing at this years Guangzhou Auto Show. The BAIC EX5 compact SUV is available January 2019 and has an NEDC range of 350km (219miles). The dynamically styled BAIC EX5 is equipped with a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power of 160 kW and an NCM lithium battery pack.

BAIC-407-EV-LDV

BAIC first introduced the 407 electric LDV at the Beijing Auto Show, this time around the BAIC 407 light electric delivery vehicle comes back as a production-ready model with a sufficient range of 200km for daily city deliveries. The 43kWh battery of the 407 can be fast charged to 80% in 50 minutes. The cargo space of the BAIC 407 EV LDV is 4.5 cubic meters (159 cubic feet). The drivetrain consists of a front and rear electric motor propelling the vehicle to a top speed of 80km/h (50mph).

BYD-tang-phev-2018

BYD launched a 5 seat version of the best selling Tang DM 7-seater SUV. The BYD Tang DM 5-seater is available in two trims ranging in price from ¥254,900 to ¥274,900 after subsidies. The 5-seat Tang plug-in hybrid electric SUV has a 2.0T turbocharged petrol engine with a maximum power of 151kW and a peak torque of 320Nm. With the support of dual electric motors, the plug-in hybrid drivetrain has a maximum system power of more than 367kW and an acceleration time of only 4.5s from zero to 100km/h.

byd-song-max-phev

BYD officially unveiled the production version of the Song MAX DM MPV at this year’s event. The Song Max plug-in EV is based on the petrol version released late 2017. The Song MAX DM has a 1.5T turbocharged combustion engine and dual 110kW electric motors on the front and rear axels to deliver a maximum total system output of 333kW delivering a combined torque of 740Nm.

BYD-tang-ev

BYD unveiled a pure electric version of its best selling Tang plug-in SUV. The BYD Tang EV 500 is available for order at a post-subsidy price ranging from ¥260,000 to ¥360,000 depending on your configuration. The Tang EV500 is to be listed in December 2018 as a seven-seat SUV similar to the fuel version. The Tang EV has a range exceeding 500km (313miles) and can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds

changan-niou-ii-ev

Changan opened its books for pre-orders of its new pure electric microcar, the Niou II EV. The Changan Niou II is available in three trims and priced after subsidy between ¥44,800 and ¥56,800. The Niou II A00 class EV has a length of 2770mm / 109.0 inches which can seat two people and travel 205km / 128 miles on the NEDC test cycle. The 21kWh battery can be fast charged to 80% in 30 minutes or fully charged in 8 hours using a 220V plug. The drivetrain of the Niou II EV consists of a 30kW max power electric motor and it can reach a top speed of 100km/h / 62mph.

Changan-eado-et-ev-

Changan unveiled the Changan Eado ET pure electric hatch which is based on the fuel version the Eado XT. The Eado ET is equipped with a 53kWh battery providing a range of over 400km / 250 miles. The drivetrain consists of an electric motor with a maximum power output of 100kW / 134hp.

Dongfeng-Yueda-KIA-KX3-EV-SUV

Dongfeng Yueda KIA showcased the KX3 EV SUV launched earlier this month. The KIA KX3 compact SUV is available in one trim only at an MSRP of ¥239,800 which is ¥147,300 after incentives. The KX3 EV is equipped with an electric motor which produces a maximum power of 81kW and has a battery electric range of 300km (188miles) on the NEDC cycle. From a design perspective, the KX3 is hardly different from the fuel version.

FAW-Senia-R7EV-SUV

FAW officially unveiled the Besturn X40 EV SUV with a range of 310km (194mils) on the NEDC test cycle. Based on the fuel version the Besturn X40 EV is identified through the blue edge elements in the front grille, front surround, rims, and interior. The body size of the battery electric X40 has also slightly different dimensions than the fuel version. The electric motor of the X40 EV is permanent magnet synchro type producing a maximum power of 140kW and maximum torque of 320N·m reaching a top speed of 160km/h (100 mph). The energy efficiency of the X40 EV is 16.7. kW.h/100km and is equipped with a 52.5kWh NCM lithium battery.

Wey-p8-GT-phev

The WEY P8 GT plug-in EV SUV unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show on the 16th of November 2018 is slightly larger than the WEY P8 PHEV. WEY have also changed the regenerative braking system on the WEY P8 GT from RBS to CRBS. The P8 GT is equipped with an IACC (Adaptive Cruise System that recognizes the current environment) system, a single-lane system, vehicle anti-collision warning system, and an emergency lane keeping system.

gwm-ora-iq5-ev

Great Wall Motor’s new EV brand ORA showcased the pure electric iQ5 SUV. The iQ5 EV is available in two trims ranging between ¥92,800 and ¥108,800 after subsidies. The high-end model received a range increase to 401km (251 miles) up from the initial 360km (225 miles). The first response to the iQ5 has been positive with nearly 1,500 sales in the first two months since its listing in September 2018.

ora-r1-concept-ev

The ORA brand of GWM plans to develop electric vehicles for its R and Q ranges based on its ME platform. The iQ above being the first and the R1 it’s second offering shortly after the launch of the brand in 2018. The release date for the ORA R1 is set for January 2019 with the company previously announcing the opening of pre-orders on the 16th of December. ORA set the post-subsidy price range for the ORA R1 at the Guangzhou Auto Show at ¥68,100 and ¥75,800 for the 310km and 350km versions. The ORA R1 is 10% lighter than its peers due to the use of modern lightweight materials, resulting in a curb weight of only 990kg allowing it to achieve ranges as far as 350km on a single charge. The ORA R1’s design is based on a long wheelbase and short body providing a large interior space.

GAC-Aion-S-EV

GAC unveiled its latest EV the Aion S compact electric sedan at this year’s show. The GAC Aion S EV, first known as the A26  is available from May 2019 and promises an NEDC range of over 500km (313miles). The Aion S has a wheelbase of 2732mm (107.0 inches). The Aion S employes Advanced Driving Assistance in the form of TJA traffic assist, ICA cruise assist, and APA automatic parking assist depending on the trim.

Hozon-neta-01-ev

Hozon New Energy launched its first electric vehicle at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show, the Neta 01. The Neta 01 is available in four trims namely the 380v, 380e, 380i and 380s. The manufacturers suggested retail price range between ¥126,800 to ¥136,800 which is ¥59,800 to ¥69,800 after national subsidies. The Neta 01 has a maximum power of 55kW and can accelerate from zero to 50km/h in just 4.9 seconds. The Neta 01 EV uses battery packs from CATL (35.5kWh) and Jiewei Power (36.21kWh) which provides a range of 302km (188 miles) on the NEDC cycle. The interior design is basic with a 10.1 LCD screen.

Hozon-eureka-01-ev | Hozon Neta 03 Ev

The Hozon Neta 03 is based on the Eureka 01 Concept EV and will be listed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Hozon bills the Neta 03 as a “boutique intelligent pure electric crossover SUV” due in part to its self-driving level of 2.5 according to the SAE scale. The Neta 03 has a battery electric driving range of over 400km (250 miles). The Neta 03 is dynamically styled and has a noticeable exaggerated front air intake. The cockpit layout is luxurious and centers around a 25-inch LCD screen and an 8-inch multi-function touchscreen. The AI drivers assistant is called “Little You”. The Advanced driving assistance offered by the Level 2.5 autonomous drive system includes 20 world-leading automatic driving systems such as APA one-button automatic parking, TJA traffic congestion assistance, AEB emergency braking, ACC full-speed adaptive cruise, etc. and is aided by 18 sensors and radars. A 4WD and 2WD version will be available with battery energy density of 160 and 180 Wh/kg, a maximum power of 200 and 250 kW and a maximum torque of 525 and 615 Nm. The 4WD model can accelerate to 100km in only 4.9s, while the two-drive version in 8.5 seconds.

Honda-Sport-EV-concept

Honda opened its books for pre-orders of its first EV in China, the Everus VE1 Sport EV which has an MSRP of ¥225,800 and sell for ¥168,800 after subsidies. The Honda VE1 Sport EV has an electric motor producing a maximum power of 120kW and can travel a distance of 340km (213miles) from its 54kWh battery pack. The Everus package includes a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, rear camera, reversing radar, exterior mirrors with side turn signals and daytime running lights. The VE1’s rear taillight cover is blue to highlight its electric identity.

Han-Teng-Xiao-Xingfu-小幸福-Small-happiness

Han Teng officially unveiled the “Happiness” e+ EV at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show. The drivetrain of the e+ consist of a 42kW max power permanent magnet synchronous drive electric motor with a peak torque of 180N.m. The Han Teng e+ is available in two trims and a range of 300km. Unlike the Han Teng X5 and X7 which are reconfigured combustion vehicle, the Happiness e+ is the automakers first EV based on its electric platform.

Han-teng-x5-EV

Han Teng showcased the X5 EV which have sold around 1,300 units since it was first launched in May 2018. The Han Teng X5 compact electric SUV is available in two trims with an MSRP ranging between ¥189,800 and ¥199,800 and ¥109,800 to ¥119,800 after subsidy. The Han Teng X5 EV is based on the petrol version of the car but the appearance has a very obvious new energy style and is targeted at the younger buyer. The interior of the hexagonal grille features a dot matrix design with blue elements to accentuate its new energy characteristics. The interior of the EV adopts the same layout as the petrol version. The control area is decorated with wood-grain decorative panels, chrome trim strips and suspended LCD screens to enhance the overall feel of the vehicle. The drivetrain of the X5 EV consists of a permanent magnet synchronous motor with a maximum power of 95kW and a peak torque of 260Nm and a battery pack with a capacity of 129Ah.

jmc-e300-ev

The JMC New Energy sub-brand EVEasy unveiled its latest offering, the JMC E300 A0 class EV with an NEDC cycle range of 252km (158miles). The JMC E300 has a double waistline design and three color paintwork. The instrument panel uses a HUD display and the 8-inch central touchscreen displays other vehicle information.

luxgen u5 ev

The Taiwanese manufacturer unveiled its first compact electric SUV, the Luxgen Yulon U5 EV at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Luxgen Yulon U5EV has an NEDC range of 320km (200miles) with energy consumption of 15.6 kWh/100km. The drivetrain of the U5 EV SUV consists of a 130kW electric motor propelling the compact SUV to a top speed of 150km/h (94mph).

nio-ES8-ev

NIO showed the NIO ES8 with six seat layout at this years Guangzhou Auto Show. The 6-seating NIO ES8 is available from the first half of 2019. Pre-orders for the NIO ES8 six-seater is open as the NIO ES8 founders-edition with a seven-seat configuration is sold out already. The difference between the two vehicles is mainly in the second row, which now seats only two, but maintain the Nappa leather styling. The ES8 is available in 7 body colors. The central control screen is divided into three layers. The leftmost page controls the window, door lock, and main and passenger driving functions. The middle page controls navigation, music and weather conditions. The rightmost page displays the vehicle status and Bluetooth. Connections, videos, etc. The Siri like NOMI system is activated in the same way, and by doing so, NOMI can decern between four voices and set the seating adjustment accordingly in the front and back.

qoros-q3

Qoros first unveiled the Qoros 3 EV in 2016 with the intent to bring it to market in 2017 but due to financial issues and a changing of shareholders such plans were delayed. This week Qoros finally officially unveiled a production-ready model, the Qoros 3 EV500, and is based on the fuel version of the model, with a cruising range of 450km at a 60km/h constant speed. Qoros plans to launch between one and two electric vehicles per year from 2019.

qiantu-k50-event

Qiantu showcased the K50  pure electric sports car at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The K50 can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.6 sec and get 380km / 238mile out of its 79kWh NCM battery which equates to an energy consumption of 19.9kWh per 100km. The K50 production version is much longer than the concept introduced in 2016. The body is entirely made of a modern composite material, which consists of an all-aluminum frame and a carbon fiber shell and only weighs 234kg. The interior of the Qiantu K50 is equipped with 15.6-inch central control and floating LCD instrument panel. The car features a “V2V vehicle communication” system which connects with other Qiantu models in a specific range, allowing for Advanced Driving Assistance functionalities, such as front collision warning, emergency braking warning, traffic congestion warning, and lane change, etc.

vw-passat-gte

VW and its Chinese JV partner SAIC launched the VW Passat 430 PHEV on the 31st of October 2018 and showcased it at this year’s event in Guangzhou. The Passat 430 plug-in model is available in two trims from an available nine including the fuel versions. The MSRP for the SAIC VW Passat 430 PHEV is between ¥249,900 and ¥259,900. The Passat 430 plug-in electric sedan has a total system output of 155kW and maximum torque of 400N.m allowing it to accelerate to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds. The Chinese version of the Passat GTE has a battery electric range of 63km (40miles)and extended range of 1043km (652miles).

SAIC-MG-EZS-EV

SAIC MG unveiled the pure electric version of the MG ZS compact SUV. The MG ZS EV has a range of 428km (268 miles) on the NEDC test cycle and is equipped with a drive train powered by an electric motor with a maximum power of 110kW. From a design standpoint, the only noticeable differences from the combustion version are the letter “E” denoting its electric status and having a ground clearance of 4mm less than the ZS. Internally the most obvious difference is the knob shifting mode.

SAIC-Roewe-MarvelX-EV

SAIC Showcased the Marvel X which have sold around 1200 units since its launch in August this year. The SAIC Roewe MARVEL X share design elements with the Roewe Vision-E Concept car and is available in an all-wheel and rear wheel drive version. The Marvel X AWD has three electric motors and accelerates to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds while the rear-wheel drive only in 7.9 seconds. The drivetrain of the Marvel X rear wheel drive is equipped with a dual motor providing a maximum power of 137kW and peak torque of 400N.m. The Marvel X AWD generates 222kW maximum power and delivers a peak torque of 665N·m.

Boajun-E200-EV

The SAIC/GM JV officially launched its new micro EV the Baojun E200 at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show. The Baojun E200 EV is available in two trims with an MSRP range of ¥108,000 to ¥118,000 and a post-subsidy price range of ¥49,800 to ¥59,800. The Baojun E200’s predecessor was once the cheapest EV in China but the title now goes to the Changan Niou II listed above. The Baojun E200 is available in five body color schemes and provides ample storage with eleven different compartments.

Toyota-levin-phev

FAW Toyota opened its books to pre-orders for the Toyota Corolla Twin Engine E+ plug-in electric car, or Levin PHEV as it is better known in North America. The Toyota Corolla PHEV is equipped with a 10kWh battery from Panasonic and delivers a range of 55km / 34 miles. The Toyota Corolla E+ with is combined fuel consumption of 1.3L/100km is available from March 2019.

xpeng-identity-x

Xpeng used the opportunity to showcase its much talked about G3 EV SUV in its home province. The Xpeng G3 EV SUV is available is currently on pre-order with the first delivery expected in December, the official listing is scheduled for the 12th of December. The Xpeng G3 is released in three versions with an MSRP range of ¥200,000 to ¥280,000. The design of the G3 includes a noticeable black canopy with oversized panoramic sun-roof. The interior is modern and luxurious, offering heated seating with six electronically adjustable settings for the driver and four on the passenger side. The G3 EV is packed with technology, and its Advanced Driving Assitance offers adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane centering assistance (LCS), adaptive cornering cruise (ATC), automatic speed limit adjustment, and automatic lane change assist to list a few. The intelligent vehicle system of the includes OTA upgrade and a 360-degree roof camera on the executive version.

zotye z500 ev

Zotye launched the Z500 Pro EV sedan in two models with an MSRP ranging between ¥199,900 and ¥211,900 with a post-subsidy price range of ¥113,900 to ¥125,900. Zotye gave the 2019 Z500 EV version a facelift and power upgrade. The Zotye Z500 EV has the latest matrix-design grill and a new style of rim. The interior of the Zoty Z500 sports a leather steering wheel and 12-inch LCD central control screen. The battery pack allows for an NEDC range of 330km/206miles and can fast charge within 30 minutes to 80% while operating in an environment of -30 ° C to 50 ° C.

TOOLS TO COMPARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

We have designed some cool tools to compare electric vehicles. Our tools include a mobile app, charging cost calculator and EV selector. Use wattEV2Buy’s proprietary tools to find the ideal EV for your requirements and determine the cost of charging EVs.

EV SELECT

Range-Anxiety

Not sure which model EV to choose?

wattEV2Buy’s easy to use EV Select tool helps identify which electric vehicle is perfect for your specific requirements. EV Select compare electric vehicles battery electric range over various vehicle types. Within four clicks you can get the perfect luxury sedan able to drive your required distance on battery power.

CALCULATOR

Charge-Calculator

Unsure what the charging cost will be?

wattEV2Buy’s easy to use Charging Cost Calculator compare electric vehicles charging cost in your state and relate it to equivalent gasoline cost. The charging cost calculator also allows you to be specific and customize your electricity cost in kWh and provide results in miles and kilometers, making it usable all over the world.

Western automakers should take note of new EV models from China

Western automakers should take note of new EV models from China

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

China’s list of new EV models include some surprisingly good cars.

When thinking of Chinese cars, and electric cars, in particular, the most common reaction are that they are ugly deathtraps. Such assumptions might have been true in the past but the Chinese Government set a goal to dominate the EV sector, and results are starting to show. Chinese and international automakers are scrambling to ready themselves for the new requirements starting in 6 months when their sales should consist of 10% EVs after which it will increase to 12% by 2020. More stringent technical specifications to qualify for tax incentives also came into effect in April this year leading to a flurry of range improvements of existing and new models.

On May 22, 2018, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology responsible for regulating the EV sector released its latest catalog of newly approved new energy vehicles, which includes buses, cars, and commercial vehicles. A total of 1987 models were entered in the latest batch of which 348 models were passenger cars consisting of 294 pure electric cars and 54 plug-in hybrids from brands such as BYD, SAIC, JAC, and Guangzhou Automobile. (The list should not be confused with the list the Ministry together with the State Administration of Taxation release to show which EVs are eligible for exemption of tax on vehicles and other state and provincial subsidies.) The catalog which is the 4th this year contains all variants of a model and upgrades to older models. The actual number of new EVs sofar in 2018 is just over seventy which I will list below.

Although there were the usual bunch of ugly ducklings, there seems to be a general trend of improved quality options to the consumer, which should cause concern for Western automakers. The handful of imports that formed part of the list included the usual suspects, being PHEV models from BMW, Audi, Ford, and Mercedes.

The quality and technical abilities of Chinese EVs are improving rapidly. The improvements in Chinese engineering capabilities can be ascribed to its increased exposure to western technical expertise through ownership of Western automakers, such as in the case of Geely owning Volvo or through R&D centers in Silicon Valley, Germany, and Italy such as NIO. New models released this year are packed with technology. The SAIC Roewe Marvel X will be the first mass-produced car equipped with AR (augmented reality) technology.

New-EVs-H1-2018

Chinese automakers are getting proficient at producing pure electric cars.

Chinese automakers are becoming quite proficient at developing battery electric vehicles (BEV), and the 2018 cohort of SUVs and sedans all have a range between 300km/188mi and 500km/313mi (NEDC). The plug-in hybrid models are also pushing 80km/50mi which in real terms is around 30 miles, equivalent to the best EVs from Western automakers. Significantly most of the EVs in the 2018 batch is available at or below $25,000 to the consumers after subsidies, with more than half priced at $10,000 or less.

Not only are new EVs pushing the envelope in quality, price, and range nearly al existing favorites received significant range upgrades at no increase in price as some EV models now enter their fourth generation. The 2018 A00 class models, the most popular market segment now all have a range between 200km/125mi and 300km/188mi, more than enough for city life.

Upgraded-evs-in-china-2018

Is the surge in new EV models going to last?

The surge in new EV models in the first half of 2018 is definitely not an anomaly, there are much more exciting EVs coming to market in the next couple of years. Last week Geely announced that it intends to bring 20 new electrified models to market by 2020, that’s less than 18 months away, meaning they will have to launch an EV each month. The Weima EX5 and EX6 and SiTech EV are some of the exciting new EVs that will enter the Chinese market later this year.

Chinese electric cars sold in the west.

The threat posed by China’s increased dominance of the EV sector is not limited to the local market but also to big auto in the West as some of these models and brands are destined for Western markets. Chery is in the process of creating an EV brand that will exclusively operate in Europe. NIO and Borgward will bring the NIO ES8 and Borgward BXi7 to Western markets while SF Motors is setting up shop in the USA to manufacture the SF5 and SF7 EV SUVs. SAIC is also bringing its MAXUS electric commercial vehicles to Europe from 2019 while Geely’s Lynk & Co is destinated to be an international brand.

Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, recently, lashed out at the local auto sector for their reluctance to commit to investing their efforts in EVs. Minister Altmaier warned the countries large automakers which include BMW, Daimler, and the VW Group that they will be left behind by international competitors. Altmaier demanded automakers to except that electric vehicles are the future and implement reforms to set the course for an environmentally-friendly future of mobility. This is not the first time that German politicians spoke out against their sector, in August 2017 (Top 5 EV News Week 33/2017) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she doubted if German automakers were sufficiently innovative enough to progress the electric vehicle technology. Altmaier stopped short though of calling for a ban on diesel vehicles. A recent ruling by German courts gave cities the right to introduce driving bans on diesel vehicles. Judging from China’s latest approved new energy vehicles, it seems that the politicians for one are right.

China’s 2018 batch of new EVs in the diagram is listed below. Just click on the link to get the full specs. Remember you can purchase an annual subscription granting access to my full online database of monthly Chinese new EV batches, vehicles qualifying for tax subsidies and Chinese EV sales. Contact me here for more details of this unique service.

baic-eu5-ev

BAIC EU5

Hyundai-sonata-2018-phev

BEIJING HYUNDAI SONATA

Beijing Hyundai-elantra yuedong-ev

BEIJING HYUNDAI ELANTRA YUEDONG

BYD-Qin-EV450

BYD QIN 450 BEV

2018-BYD-Qin-PHEV

BYD QIN 5.9S PHEV

BYD-G5DM

BYD G5DM PHEV

Changan-New-Eado-2018

CHANGAN NEW EADO

changan ford mondeo energi phev

CHANGAN FORD MONDEO ENERGI

chery-arrizo-3ev

CHERY ARRIZO 3EV

dongfeng-s50-ev

DONGFENG FENGXING S50

dongfeng fengshen e70

DONGFENG FENGSHEN E70

dongfeng-jun-feng-e17-ev

DONGFENG JUNFENG E17

Nissan-Sylphy-Ev

DONGFENG NISSAN SYLPHY

Dongfeng-renault-E300

DONGFENG RENAULT E300

Dongfeng-yueda-kia-k5-phev

DONGFENG YUEDA KIA K5

faw-bingo-ev

FAW BINGO EV

geely-GL-PHEV

GEELY EMGRAND GL PHEV

geely-borui-ge-phev

GEELY BORUI GE PHEV

jac-iev-A50-EV

JAC iEV5 BEV

lifan-400EV

LIFAN 400EV

lifan-820ev

LIFAN 820EV

Mercedes-E350e-AMG-PHEV

MERCEDES BENZ E300ei

saic mg 6 phev

SAIC eMG6 PHEV

volvo-s90-t8 phev

VOLVO S90 T8 PHEV

baic-ex5-suv-ev

BAIC EX5 BEV

BAIC-Huansu-S5-EV

BAIC HUANSU S5 BEV

zinoro-60h-phev

ZINORO 60H PHEV

borgward-bxi7

BORGWARD BXi7

BYD-Yuan-EV360

BYD YUAN EV360

chery-karry-k60-ev suv pictures

KARRY K60

gac-trumpchi gs4-ev

GAC GS4 BEV SUV

gac-mitsubishi-qizhi-suv-phev-wattev2buy

GAC MITSUBISHI QIZHI PHEV

guangzhou-Toyota-iX4-EV-SUV

GAC TOYOTA iX4

geely-sx11p-PHEV

GEELY SX11P PHEV

lynk-Co-o1-phev

LYNK & Co 01 PHEV

geely-gse

GEELY CROSS GSe BEV

wey p8 phev

WEY P8 PHEV

gwm-ora-iq5-ev

xpeng-identity-x

XPENG G3

Han-teng-x5-EV

HAN TENG X5 BEV

Sol-e20x SUV-Ev-

SOL E20X BEV

JMC-S330-EV

JMC S330 BEV

jmc-e400-ev-suv

JMC E400 BEV

jmc-e500

JMC E500

nio-ES8-ev

NIO ES8

SAIC-Roewe-MarvelX-EV

ROEWE MARVEL X

Yema-ec60

YEMA EC60

YGM-K-One-EV

YGM K-ONE BEV

zotye-t300-ev-su

ZOTYE T300 BEV

yudo-pi-1-ev

YUDO Pi 1 PRO

yudo-Pi-3-ev

YUDO PI 3 PRO

chery-tiggo-xe3-suv-ev

CHERY TIGGO Xe3

byd-song-max-phev

BYD SONG MAX PHEV

changan-honor-mpv-ev

CHANGAN HONOR MPV BEV

changhe big dipper-E-MPV

CHANGHE BIG DIPPER BEV

Brilliance-Jinbei-x30L-EV

BRILLIANCE JINBEI X30L BEV

chery-karry-k50-ev mpv pictures

KARRY K50 MPV

weichai-enranger-737EV

WEICHAI ENRANGER 737EV

DONGFENG-EC36-EV-MPV

DONGFENG EC36 BEV MPV

dongfeng-s500-ev

DONGFENG FENGXING S500

dongfeng-m5-ev

DONGFENG FENGXING M5EV

Geely VP11 PHEV

GEELY VP11 PHEV

sinogold-m3-mpv-ev

SINOGOLD M3 MPV BEV

yema-ec30-mpv

YEMA EC30 MPV BEV

zhengzhou-nissan-ruiqi-ev-mpv

ZHENGZHOU NISSAN RUIQI MPV

changjiang-E60-eCool

CHANJIANG E60 BEV

BAIC-EC3-Ev

BAIC EC3

changan-niou-ii-ev

CHANGAN NIOU II BEV

changan star-d3

CHANGAN STAR D3

chongqing-enranger-ex1-ev

WEICHAI ENRANGER eX1 BEV

Kandi-k22

KANDI K22 BEV

kandi-k27

KANDI K27 BEV

jmc-e300-ev

JMC E300 BEV

noble-x1-ev

NOBLE X1 BEV

noble-x2-ev

NOBLE X2 BEV

YGM-E-Line

YGM E-LINE BEV

YGM-e-EV

YGM E-CHENG BEV

Youngman Mate i3

YOUNGMAN MATE i3 BEV

youngman-mate e7

YOUNGMAN MATE e7

changan-cs75-phev

CHANGAN CS75 PHEV

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Which is the best small EV in China? We Rank the top small electric cars.

Which is the best small EV in China? We Rank the top small electric cars.

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

MICRO ELECTRIC CARS IS THE TOP SELLING SEGMENT IN CHINA

The small electric car segment was the best performing class in the Chinese EV market in 2017, accounting for nearly 50% of all EV sales. The Chinese consumer is spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting which small electric car to buy for city use. In 2017 there were 20 A0 class EVs to select from. Consumers in 2018 are in for a treat as many of these models are to get battery upgrades providing electric ranges up to 320km (200 miles). Take into account though that this is not real world distances as most Chinese manufacturers like to quote a range at a constant speed of 60km/h.

Automakers target the youth and ride sharing markets with the A0 class EVs, presenting the EVs in bright colors and selling them through mobile platforms and hip Tesla like showrooms.

China-small-car-sales-2018

The top-performing EV in 2017 was BAICs EC180, which set a couple of EV firsts such as having the most sales for a single model in a particular month. The BAIC EV180 extended its run into 2018 and is updated to the EC220 with a range of over 200km / 126 miles. It is fascinating to see brands such as Kandi which paved the way for the A0 class segment failed to capitalize on its commanding position going into 2017. 2017 saw some auto brands entering the A0 class with one or two models. BAIC’s overall lead in the Chinese EV sector and the world for that matter is tied completely to the success of the BAIC EC series, which contribute 55% of the companies total EV sales from 6 models. BAIC’s other A0 EV, the Arcfox Lite has failed to live up to its expectations. The Arcfox Lite represents a new bread of small EVs which is packed with technology and gadgets for the younger generation.

Auto-Brands-in-the-AO-class

Which is the best small EV in 2018?

So which small EV will give the BAIC EC series a run for its money in 2018? The BAIC EC180, now the EC220, is still the best performing EV for the first four months of 2018 but has not been able to breach the 10,000 mark per month which it so easily did in 2017. A couple of models recently received significant upgrades in their performances, one of which is the JAC iEV6E sports edition which now boasts a range of over 300km or nearly 200 miles. You can buy the JAC iEV6E for much less than the BAIC EC220 and get a much better range for your buck making the iEV6E a car to watch in 2018.

Kandi is not the only top performer of 2016 and 2017 that is failing in the segment where it once ruled. The ZhiDou D2 was the second best seller in 2017 but is now slipping down the rankings as it fails to keep pace with the improved ranges and luxuries of the new entrants. Zotye, which partnered with Ford to produce EVs, has also lost market share as its small EVs also fail to keep pace. It seems though that Changan has learned a thing or two making the Benni EV another contender. The Benni EV which has been around since 2016 received a range upgrade early this year and now leads the class with an electric range of 316km / 198 miles. The Changan Benni also does not cost much more than the JAC iEV6E and far less than the BAIC EC180.

China-AO-class-sales-2017

Safety is a factor for Chinese EV brands.

When talking about Chinese EVs detractors, the first avenue of attack is claiming that Chinese EVs are inferior when it come’s safety standards. This might have been true in years past, but the Chinese automakers are trying hard to lose the label. JAC created a safety technology brand this month called AN+, aiming to produce vehicle technology which will eradicate fatalities by 2025. Below are pictures of one of the cheapest EVs, the SAIC Baojun E100 taking an Audi Q7 head-on and coming out to bad with the driver not sustaining serious injuries. The Baojun E100 cost below $5,000 after subsidies in certain cities.

Baojun-e100-crash

New small EVs to expect in 2018.

You might incorrectly think wattEV2buy is a Chinese focused website, I just like to write about EVs in general and wish I could write a blog post like this on small EVs by the large auto manufacturers in the West. Unfortunately, all the action is in China, leaving me no choice but to research this exciting market. 2018 will see an explosion of EV models in China from some new and old auto brands. The trend is also to pack the cars with technology, take the Sitech DEV1 for instance. The DEV1 was showcased at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show and will be the A0 class EV with the longest range when its released later this year. DEV stands for DATA ELECTRIC VEHICLE. The DEV1 has two LCD screens, an 8-inch instrument panel and 10-inch touchscreen for the multimedia system. The DEV1 uses SiTech’s D-OS operating system which includes face recognition for entering and operating the vehicle. The SiTech DEV1 is targeted as a ride-sharing and was developed with the help of Beijing Mobike, a bike sharing company.

Other new models include two small EVs from the neighborhood EV manufacturer YGM. YGM has been manufacturing NEVs since 2009 and now shifted to producing highway capable mini vehicles.

Some-new-ev-models-expected-in-2018

SiTech DEV 1, YGM E-Cheng, YGM E-Line

Ranking the top small electric car to price and range.

I have listed the small EVs in China according to range and price below. Decide for yourself which EV should take the crown in 2018 and share your thoughts and reasoning in the comment section below.

EV-Specs-and-prices-AO-Class-small-EV-in-china

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

EVs – Moving beyond Tesla | How the auto sector responds to Tesla

EVs – Moving beyond Tesla | How the auto sector responds to Tesla

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

THE EV LANDSCAPE 2018 | HOW THE AUTO SECTOR RESPONDS TO TESLA

I have been asked by the organizers of the Africa Utility Week to provide insight into the international EV landscape. Let me start off to say the title does not imply that the presentation is anti-Tesla, so hold your horses if you are short of Tesla stock. The presentation aims to look at how the rest of the market is adapting to the disruption brought on by Tesla shifting the transition to sustainable transport forward by a decade.

For the presentation when referring to electric vehicles, I only refer to pure electric cars (EVs or BEVs), not plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Buying a PHEV can be compared to a smoker switching to menthol cigarettes thinking he is cutting down. In April the WHO released figures that show by living in a city you are exposed to the same amount of pollutants as a smoker smoking three packets of cigarettes a day, much of which comes from inhaling gasses from combustion vehicles. Plug-in hybrid electric cars make no sense, you buy a luxury vehicle and throw in a fuel tank of a Hyundai i10 to make space for the battery, and get the electric range that is half that of an electric Mahindra Rickshaw. You also pay more to have two technologies and increase your service cost. We know that an EV has a useful life of 500,000 miles and a combustion vehicle only around 100,000 miles. Again, it makes no sense to buy a car with the ability to last you a lifetime and then shortening it and paying more to do so. Plug-in hybrids are just a get out of jail card for auto brands that try and play catch-up with Tesla. Okay, I will get off my soapbox, but I am not the only one. From April this year, the Chinese Government is phasing out incentives for plug-in hybrids with a range below 150km (94 miles) and the British Government is said to ban the sale of PHEVs from 2040. Inevitably when we now talk about EVs we also include autonomous-electric vehicles, thus for the presentation, one will mean the other.

plug-in-electric-vehicles-vs-pure-electric-vehicles

PRICES OF EVs WITH A RANGE OF 200 MILES

At the start of the decade, it would have cost you a pretty penny to buy an EV with a range of over 200 miles. We can see from the picture below that from 2010 when a Tesla Roadster cost $110,000 to the BYD e6 in 2015 the price for a 200-mile car halved. VW will release its I.D. NEO EV in 2020 and have indicated that it would cost between $25k and $30k. It is also expected that the I.D.NEO will have a range of at least 250 miles. It can be assumed that governments will stop with EV subsidies by 2020

Most pundits have been saying that EVs will only be a factor once they reach price parity with internal combustion vehicles (ICE) and that this point will only be achieved somewhere between 2022 and 2025. For the point of argument let’s set the affordable ICE car as a 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8L TSI with a starting price of $25,000, excluding charges, and a range of 319 miles in the city. Even though VW will price the NEO EV higher than an ICE car, when in fact it is cheaper to manufacture, owning the NEO in 2020 will be cheaper when comparing total cost of ownership. The EV landscape is fast changing and arguments of 2016 does not hold anymore as technology improvements and bigger investments in new EV capacity bring down cost faster than forecasted.

Price-of-ev-with-range-of-200mile

RANGE OF AFFORDABLE NEW EVs SINCE 2010

From 2008 to 2010 most auto manufacturers dabbled with electric cars and had developed an electric propelled prototype or concept car. Industry executives however decided against changing to a new propulsion form for financial reasons and continued to dish up dirty ICE vehicles to the consumer. Between 2010 and 2016 no real improvements were made in range and price. Dieselgate and the Paris climate pact forced the industry to take notice of the progress Tesla made. Porche‘s CEO even admitted last year that Tesla is taking potential clients away from it. The picture below shows the range of new models launched in each year between 2010 and 2020. The threat of the Tesla Model 3, the first mid-size mass produced EV sparked GM to develop the Chevrolet Bolt and release it ahead of the Model 3, they, however, neglected the mass produced bit and kept production at only 30,000 units annually. Most auto brands now have an e-mobility strategy in one form or the other. Some, are making a real effort while others still choose to live with blinkers on. Companies such as VW are investing substantially to shift towards electrifying their fleet. Unfortunately for the consumer, these efforts will only equate in more choice by 2020, making the Model 3 the only available volume solution in the mid-size range. Sure, Hyundai and KIA will also release an updated Ioniq, Kona SUV, and Niro SUV but their production volumes remain limited. Hyundai has a production target of 48,000 units of the Ioniq BEV for 2018 with half earmarked for the local market in Korea. Tesla is to unveil the MODEL Y this year so don’t be surprised if the bar is lifted yet again, offering a better range that targeted by the “new” entrants, being the old guard auto manufacturers.

Range-of-affordable-ev-since-2010

Citroen C-Zero, Smart ED, Nissan Leaf, Renault ZOE, KIA Soul, VW e-Golf, Nissan Leaf 2016, Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3 and VW ID NEO

EVs BELOW $20,000 IN 2018: ALL MARKETS EXCLUDING CHINA

Disappointingly no EVs are yet available at an outright price below $20,000, which is in stark contrast with the EV market in China. It is strange however that auto manufacturers in the West can’t sell vehicles such as the Renault ZOE and Mitsubishi iMiev with what we now can call antiquated EV technology, below $20,000.

With the exception of the Renault Twizy microcar, the Smart ForTwo ED is the only EV with a price below $20,000 but only after utilizing the $7,500 US government incentive. Although the Smart EVs real-world range is limited to 58mi / 94km, it is available from 2018 with a 22kW onboard charger allowing it to charge in an hour, making it ideal for city use. Unfortunately, if you want to buy the Smart ForTwo ED be prepared for to wait. Some recent buyers reported waiting periods of up to 12 months. There are some electric car options in the $20,000 to $25,000 range (after subsidies), including the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq with real-world ranges of 150mi and 124mi respectively.

EV-below-20000-dollar-in-western-world

The Smart ForTwo Coupe and Cabriole, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi iMiev, Renault ZOE, VW e-UP!, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf, KIA Soul EV, VW e-Golf

EVs BELOW $20,000 IN 2018: CHINESE MARKET

China has the biggest range of EVs available to consumers, with a large selection of electric cars below $20,000. You can now buy the SAIC-GM BAOJUN E100 for as little as $5,000 (after subsidies). In 2018 most of the cars in the A0 class will get range upgrades to around 260km / 160 miles, granted its measured on the NEDC cycle and not real world miles. Be aware, Chinese manufacturers love to quote the range their cars can achieve at a constant speed of 38mph / 60km/h, which will always be significantly more than real-world results. The SiTech DEV1, expected later in 2018 has a range of over 320km / 200 miles and is packed with technology. In April WEIMA introduced the first EV SUV with a price tag below $20,000, the WEIMA EX5.  Again, you have to ask yourself why China can produce EVs below $20,000, before government incentives, and not the best automakers in the West? The Chinese Government has embarked on an aggressive EV strategy in its 12th five-year plan from 2011 to 2015, followed by the 13th 5-year plan which targets self-driving. The 12th 5-year plan had a budget of RMB 100 billion ($14.4 Billion) which included the promotion of EVs through subsidies, development of a charging network, and manufacturing incentives. Chinese EV regulations are now moving from a carrot to a stick strategy, where manufacturers are forced through regulation to produce more EVs with better technologies. Chinese EV incentives will run out by 2020. The advantage that the Chinese EV sector is gaining makes it a threat to Western auto brands.

EV-below-20000-dollar-2018-in-china

Changan Benni Mini, Hawtai Lusheng EV160, Haima EV160, Zotye TT11, Zotye Cloud 100, Dongfeng SKIO ER30, ZhiDou D3, JAV iEV6e, Zotye ZhiMa E30, Yulon EV, Sokon Ruichi EC35, and Changan Benni.

ECONOMY CLASS SUVs & CROSSOVERS: ALL MARKETS EXCLUDING CHINA

SUVs and Crossovers are the best performing class for most auto brands, proved by Ford‘s shift out of sedan cars to focus its business on developing SUVs, Crossovers and Pick-up Trucks. It is both surprising and telling then why there are so few EV models in the economy SUV class. The South Korean sister companies Hyundai and KIA saw this gap and is launching the Hyundai Kona and KIA Niro EVs this year. Sales will start Korea in the second half of 2018 and slowly move from there into other markets. Hyundai will only produce 18,600 Kona EVs, and 21,000 Niro EVs in 2018 and most are for the local market. The lack of economy class SUVs is telling of how unprepared all automakers were to invest in EV production capacity.

economy-class-suv-ev-in-western-world

ECONOMY CLASS SUVs & CROSSOVERS: CHINESE MARKET

Again, the picture is completely the opposite in China, where consumers in 2018 are spoiled for choice in the economy SUV class. Start-up EV brand WEIMA launched the EX5 with three range options five days before the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. By the time the show got underway, WEIMA had already over 5,000 pre-orders. WEIMA shocked the market by setting the price for WEIMA EX5 300 below $20,000 after subsidies. Not only does the Chinese car buyer have a wide selection of SUVs to choose from, many of them are packed with great technology. The Marvel X build on the Roewe connected car line-up first introduced in the RX5 SUV and co-developed with Alibaba. The SAIC Roewe Marvel X is the first mass-produced car equipped with AR (augmented reality) technology while the Xpeng G3 has a 360° roof-mounted camera, allowing the driver to stream video of its surroundings to friends on the net. The EV start-up Xpeng unveiled the G3 at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas.

economy-calss-suv-ev-in-china

BYD Song, BAIC EX5, CHERY TIGGO eX3, GAC TRUMPCHI GE3, GEELY EMGRAND CROSS, HAWTAI EX380, SAIC ROEWE ERX5, WEIMA EX5, WEIMA EX5PRO, SINGULATO iS6, XPENG G3, SAIC ROEWE MARVEL X

LUXURY CLASS SUVs & CROSSOVERS: ALL MARKETS EXCLUDING CHINA

As expected it is in the luxury SUV class with the highest profit margins that we find the old guard’s strongest response to Tesla. Volvo already announced that it would only produce electrified vehicles in the future. According to Volvo European regulation will potentially add as much as $340 per engine from 2020, diesel engines would therefore just be too expensive to produce. Mercedes also announced that targets by the EU capping the amount of emissions on a brands fleet would cause a lot of pain. In 2016 Daimler for the first time since 2007 failed to cut its emissions, citing the popularity of SUVs as the reason. Europe has set a very stringent target of 95gm CO2/km by 2020. Daimler’s target for 2020 is 100gm CO2. Daimler is one of the automakers that has an above average e-mobility strategy which it accelerated from 2025 to 2022. Waymo recently placed a $2 billion order for 20,000 of the just-released Jaguar i-PACE SUV EVs for its autonomous taxi fleet. Waymo is shifting towards electrified cars for its proposed autonomous taxi fleet because EVs offer a lifespan five times longer than ICE cars. Interestingly enough most Chinese luxury SUV brands are also planning to bring their models to the West. SF Motors and Faraday Future has plans for production in the USA while all of them have research offices in the US or Europe.

Luxury-class-ev-suv-in-west

AUDI QUATTRO e-TRON, BMW iX3, JAGUAR i-PACE, MERCEDES EQC, VW I.D. CROZZ, VOLVO XC40, VOLVO 40.2

LUXURY CLASS SUVs & CROSSOVERS: CHINESE MARKET

The list of luxury SUVs coming to the Chinese market in 2018/ 2019 fully comprises of cars developed by EV start-ups, none by traditional auto manufacturers. Most of the start-ups are also backed by the large tech companies in China which are investing heavily in autonomous technology. The NIO ES8 will be released this year, and apart from having removal batteries and access to mobile charging vans the car is packed to the brim with tech. NIO, a NEXTEV company, part-owned by Tencent has developed the NOMI system.

NOMI interacts with people sitting in the vehicle, and its emotion engine gives users a friend on the road. NOMI combines the ES8’s intelligence and car connectivity functionalities to turn the ES8 into a fun, expressive, and intuitive companion that can listen, talk and help drivers along the way.

NIO also launched NIO Pilot, its comprehensive advanced driver assistance system. NIO PILOT is enabled by 23 sensors, including a trifocal front-facing camera, four surround exterior cameras, five millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a driver monitor camera. The ES8 is the world’s first vehicle to come equipped with the Mobileye EyeQ4, which has a computation capacity nine-times more powerful than its predecessors. NIO PILOT’s software and hardware suite enable subscribers to enjoy upgraded services through FOTA updates.

luxury-class-suv-ev-in-china

AIWAYS U5-ION, BORGWARD BXi7, BYTON, SF MOTORS SF5, THUNDERPOWER SUV, YUDO Pi7

CREATING NEW COMPETITORS

New EV start-ups are attracting large investments, allowing them to build dedicated EV manufacturing plants. At some point, the Chinese Government tried to restrict the number of EV start-ups out of a fear of overheating the sector. Not all start-ups plan to build 100,000 capacity production plants, some such as Rimac and Elextra only produces limited runs of supercars. In the West, most EV start-ups were created targeting some niche market. The US-based Bollinger is building Sports Utility Vehicles, while Workhorse has partnered with UPS to build electrified delivery vehicles. Thor competes with the Tesla Semi in the electrified truck space. Sono Motors is developing an EV equipped with solar panels for charging. There are also some Chinese backed EV start-ups in the West such as NEVS which is the old SAAB, SF Motors, Karma and Lucid. Some brands such as EQ and Polestar is EV specific brands created by Daimler and Volvo, which will cannibalize their existing brands. The most peculiar entrant on the list is Dyson, the maker of vacuum cleaners, which is proof yet again that it’s not rocket science to build an EV as its far less intensive than combustion engines. Dyson is capitalizing on its mass-production expertise in the home appliance sector to mass produce EVs from 2020. I added Waymo to the list, and although it does not manufacture vehicles, it plays an important role in A-EVs and e-mobility as a service, towards which many manufacturers are pivoting.

electric-cars-creating-new-competitors

BOLLINGER, DYSON, ELIO, ELEXTRA CARS, EQ, KARMA, LUCID, POLESTAR, RIVIAN AUTO, RIMAC, SONO MOTORS, TOROIDION, THOR, WORKHORSE, WAYMO, NEVS, SF MOTORS

THE CHINESE EV LANDSCAPE

The list of EV start-ups in China is not exhaustive, a company such as Youxia, which is fashioned on the Knight Riders KITT, is not on it. The number of EV start-ups in China makes one wonder if the Chinese Government was successful in curbing the activity in the market. Tech companies are dominating the Chinese A-EV landscape while some traditional auto manufacturers such as BIAC are announcing that it will only produce electrified models in the future. Other than in the West where EV start-ups are focused on niche opportunities their counterparts in China directly target traditional auto manufacturers. Some commentators believe that EVs would trigger a long-awaited industry shake-up forcing mergers with stronger brands or liquidation of loss-making brands which have been propped up by easy loans, government incentives, and regulations to develop a local auto sector.

Chinese-EV-landscape

GWM ORA, GWM WEY, BYTON, WEIMA, NIO, CHJ AUTO, XPENG, DENZA, ARCFOX, FARADAY FUTURE, LYNK&Co, AIWAYS, AOXIN, DIAL EV, GREENWHEEL, HYBRID KINETIC, ICONIQ, LVCHI, MI’NAN, SHUANGHUAN, SINOGOLD, SiTECH, SOL, SINGULATO, TECHRULES, THUNDERPOWER, YULON, YGM, YUDO

EV SALES – TOP 10 EV COUNTRIES 2017

EV sales in 2017 cemented to shift to EVs. While sales are not huge it still comprises over 2% of the total fleet of passenger vehicles in the USA and China. The composition of EVs in Norway now stands at over 50% of annual car sales. Stand-out points from 2017 EV sales is the Chinese EV sectors dominance, sparked by government support and secondly, how car buyers in certain countries such as Germany and Canada are shifting towards EVs. One must remember that although these figures don’t look significantly high on the face of it, it is happening in an environment where there are constraints such as a lack of supply, high prices for EVs and no big marketing budgets fueling demand. In fact, there is a general lack of knowledge by the majority of consumers about EVs. Many studies have highlighted the inability and unwillingness of traditional motor dealerships to promote electric vehicles. The Sierra Club’s  Rev Up EVs report on the consumers EV purchase experience identified that traditional dealers, especially outside of California are not promoting the technology. One of the key findings was that automakers still provided higher commission structures for gas guzzlers.

2017-ev-sales-in-the-top-10-ev-markets1

TOP SELLING EV MODELS

The ranking below is for pure electric vehicles only. Interestingly enough should we include PHEVs in the ranking they will only account for 26% of the total top 10 EV sales. The ten models in top EVs contribute over 50% of all EV sales in 2017 from 102 models available to the consumer. Tesla’s dominance in the EV market is clear when ranking the top 10 EVs and its closest competitor in the US, GM, performance is capped at its production capacity. Technically the BMW i3 should not be placed in the tenth position in 2018 as the sales represent the total for the BMW i3 and BMW i3REx which has a fuel based generator. The first three months of the year is historically the worst months for EV sales, yet sales for Q1 2018 is already 38% up on 2017.

top-selling-ev-models-in-the-top-10-ev-countries-in-2017

2017 – BAIC EC180, TESLA MODELS, ZHIDOU D2, TESLA MODEL X, NISSAN LEAF, CHEVROLET BOLT, CHERY eQ1, GEELY EMGRAND, JAC iEV6e, BYD e5 | 2018 Q1 – BAIC EC180, NISSAN LEAF, JAC iEV6e, TESLA MODEL 3, TESLA MODEL 6, CHERY eQ1, TESLA MODEL X, RENAULT ZOE, KARRY K50, BMW i3

TOP SELLING EV BRANDS

BAIC and Tesla are the best performing EV brands over the last 15 months, each having sold 124,000 units over the period. BAICs lead is dependent though on the performance of the BAIC EC180 which sold 98,000 units compared to Tesla’s models contributing nearly equally to its success.

Top-ev-brands-2018

EVs SALES TO SURPRISE ON THE UPSIDE

I can only expect EV sales to surprise to the upside as we get closer to 2020 and beyond. Some of the most optimistic forecasts only see EV sales to reach 6 million units by 2024, while battery capacity in 2020 will be sufficient to power 6.5 million vehicles, assuming an average battery pack of 50kWh. Sure, the batteries are also used for buses and trucks which use much larger packs, but the bulk of passenger cars sold is from the A0 class which uses battery packs of around 30kWh, and don’t forget the PHEVs which use 12kWh at best. My exposure to EVs puts me in contact with buyers and potential buyers of EVs on a daily basis, from which my subjective experience is that the nature of EV buyer has shifted from the fanatical to the average car buyer over the last 18 months.

According to a survey by the German publication “Automobilwoche”, the success of electric cars in Germany seems to be the technologies biggest risk as prospective buyers now face delivery times that can have them waiting as long as a year for their new EV. The problem is not isolated to buyers of imported vehicles only but also local brands such as Volkswagen where buyers have to wait until October 2018 for delivery of e new e-Golf purchased today. Smart CEO Annette Winkler said that the increase in demand is much stronger and faster than could have expected and planned for with the companies suppliers, resulting in buyers only receiving their new Smart by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

To compensate for the increased demand, Volkswagen has introduced a second shift at its Dresden plant as e-up! buyers wait for five to six months. According to the survey, the waiting period for a Hyundai Ioniq EV is up to 12 months, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is around ten months, and six to seven months for the Peugeot ION and Kia Soul EV. Renault Zoe buyers only have to wait four months while the waiting list for a BMW i3 is the shortest at two to three months. The problem is not isolated to private buyers, but fleet buyers are also affected. The software giant SAP wants to be carbon neutral in 2025 and is currently expanding its e-fleet. SAP manager Marcus Wagner told “Automobilwoche”: “If you want to buy a full electric in February 2018, you will get almost none.” It seems to me the problem is not isolated to buyers who placed pre-orders for new EVs like the Tesla Model 3.

The Chinese Government is to implement a pilot program on the resort island of Hainan and use the island as a test case by being the first to ban the sale of fossil-fuel vehicles.

aev-and-the-technology-adoption-lifecycle

WHAT DOES SHIFT TO A-EVs MEAN FOR EMERGING MARKETS?

In my opinion, EVs represent progress, and if you don’t have an EV strategy, you will not progress. Your economy will fall behind the rest of the world, you will lose skilled people and your economy will suffer from the strains associated with pollution caused by ICE vehicles and importing of energy. Unfortunately, the cost of preparing for EVs and A-EV is very high and most emerging economies grapple with a host of challenging social issues which will only get bigger as the rest of the world moves forward leaving them behind. Unfortunately, ignorance is bliss and governments of some developing states are not even aware that EVs are a factor to consider. I am going to use the City of Cape Town as an example of the lack of unpreparedness. The city is known as the ‘greenest’ city on the African continent, but there is only one charging station at the Waterfront, not including three at dealerships. The city does not even support small businesses that offer electric bicycles to tourists. These companies have to install their own infrastructure throughout the city. Sorry, I am on my soapbox again. In all seriousness, I do see that the shift to EVs is going to be faster than anticipated and as we have seen so far will even catch traditional automakers by surprise causing them to dump ICE vehicles on the developing world. Dumping has already started, smart from 2017 is only selling EVs in the USA and from 2020 will do the same in Europe, leaving them to effectively dump their ICE capacity on the rest of the market.

A-EVs-Emerging-markets-will-they-be-left-behind

HOW WILL SHIFT TO A-EVs IMPACT SMART CITIES?

A-EVs will truly transform cities into smart cities. One should also not forget that EVs does not merely mean passenger cars but all types of transport that can be electrified, from delivery vehicles to buses and even bicycles. Traditionally city planners can only count on bicycles as a transport solution for commuters in a ten kilometer (6 miles) radius from their homes. With the availability of electric bicycles, it’s application can be extended for longer daily commutes. The following sentence has represented my view on electric vehicles from the first time that I had the pleasure of driving one.

“At wattEV2Buy we live for a future where the Electric Vehicle rule and rush hour noise would be the sound of happy people talking and birds singing.”

– To prove our point, listen to the birds on the launch video of the Aston Martin RapidE

Back to reality. I don’t think anyone can do justice to the topic of the disruption we are about to experience the way Tony Seba does. I, therefore, implore you to watch his recent presentation on Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation. Tony brings the relevance of A-EVs to city planners together in the last 10 minutes, but the first 60 will not leave you bored at all.

Aev-and-smart-cities

In conclusion, it is clear that the world is on the cusp of a major disruption in the transport sector. This presentation did not even address the electrification of the commercial vehicle market or public transport. Not a day goes by that you don’t read of a company announcing bus orders by cities all over the world. We are certainly in for some exciting times. One thing is for certain; the auto sector will not be the same ten years from now where consumers will be the real winners for which we only have Tesla to thank.

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Chinese buyers spoilt for choice as new mid-level EVs offer 400km range

Chinese buyers spoilt for choice as new mid-level EVs offer 400km range

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF RANGE ANXIETY

If you were out shopping for an electric sedan or SUV with a range of over 400km (250 miles) at the start of 2017, your options were slim and limited to either a Tesla Model S, Model X or BYD e6. The Tesla’s will set you back anything north of $75,000 and the BYD e6 costs around $47,000 if converted to the US currency.

The EV landscape has changed from 2017 for the average consumer, that is if you are living in China where some mass-market sedans and SUVs with a range of 250 miles (400km) are now available. The Chinese EV market is in stark contrast to the West where the only mass-market mid-level EV with an equivalent range is the Tesla Model 3, but if you did not place a pre-order 18 months ago, you have to settle for the Chevrolet Bolt hatch with a 238-mile range which is also in limited supply. In fairness, though it’s important to qualify that the range quoted for the Chinese models is not real world tested and that it can be expected to be closer to 200 miles (320km).

Strong government support and incentives targeted at improving technology are the reasons behind the deluge of long-range mass-market sedans and SUVs available to the Chinese consumer. New guidelines for electric vehicles to qualify for the aggressive subsidies offered by Chinese Government favors EVs with an energy density of 140 Wh/kg and more, while EVs with a range of less than 150km are excluded from the list of vehicles qualifying for subsidies. For an EV to qualify for any incentives it needs to employ a battery pack with an energy density of no less than 115 Wh/kg. Buyers normally get state, province, city and manufacturers incentives which can lead to reductions in the selling price of up to 50% in some cases. Let’s look at some of the long range EV models entering the Chinese market.

BYD launches 3 EVs with a range of 400km/250miles

BYD, the leading EV manufacturer has dominated the Chinese EV space for some time now but focused predominantly on the plug-in hybrid section of the market. On the eve of the Chinese New Year, BYD launched three electric mid-sized cars with a range of 400km utilizing its 3rd generation EV technology with improved mileage, battery safety, and charging efficiency. The models are the BYD e5 EV450, BYD Qin EV450, and the BYD Song EV400 SUV. The first BYD e6 with a range of 400km was launched in 2015, but its 82kWh battery weighed 700kg compared to the 61kWh batteries of the new models weighing only 444kg with an energy density of 140.97Wh/kg.

BYD launches 3 EVs with a range of 400km/250miles

The cruising range (measured at a speed of 60km/h) for the BYD e5 450 and Qin EV 450 life is over 480 km (300 miles) while the Song EV 400 SUV travels 400 km (250miles) removing range anxiety for daily commuting and weekend travel. The BYD battery pack is equipped with a seven-fold protection system and charging efficiency is based on the latest battery intelligent temperature control management system with five-star safety standards. The maximum charging capacity is increased from 40kW to 60kW allowing for much faster re-charging. Also, BYD upgraded the technology in the vehicles to be more connected by adding a cloud service and 4G capability on the existing system which provide online navigation, audio and video, entertainment, and traffic updates. The BYD Song EV400 will set you back around $41,000 before subsidies and $30,000 with incentives. The BYD Qin EV450 is $38,000 and $24,000 before and after subsidies while the BYD e5 will only set you back  $35,000 and $20,000 with subsidies. For detailed specs follow the link. BYD has sold more than 65,000 units of the previous generation of these three models, with the BYD e5 being the most popular with around 45,000 units sold. With the improved range and performance, it is expected that these three models will lead to a significant increase in BYD sales. BYD is also launching a new small crossover SUV based on the Yuan SUV and an updated BYD Tang plug-in hybrid large SUV.

Geely keeps BYD on its toes

Geely also launched a longer range version of its popular Geely Emgrand EV this month. The Geely Emgrand EV450 with a range more than 400km. The Geely Emgrand EV450 is equipped with a 58kWh battery with an energy density of 142.07Wh/kg produced by CATL. The Geely Emgrand sales are just short of that of the BYD e5 and based on some of the reviews I have read seen to be a better option than the BYD e5 despite being slightly more expensive.

It is sad to say that these more affordable EVs will not be available in the Western hemisphere.

UPDATED

THE 2018 BEIJING AUTO SHOW BREAKS BARRIERS

More automakers used the Beijing Auto Show which started on the 25th of April 2018 to launch their 400km range EVs.

The BAIC EU5 squeezes the most out of its battery

BAIC unveiled the EU5 (EU450) EV at the Beijing Auto Show. The BAIC EU5 now boast with the most energy dense battery of all the sedan EVs available in China. The energy density of the EU5 is an impressive 150Wh/kg allowing it to squeeze 416km(260miles) out of a 54kWh Ternary Lithium Battery. The use of a battery with an energy density above 140Wh/kg allows BAIC the maximum subsidy on the EU5 which is available at ¥129,900 after incentives for the base model which is around $20,000.

BAIC-EU5-at-BEijing-Auto-Show

Changan joins the 250-mile club

The Changan EADO is the Chinese automakers top-selling EV so not be left behind the pack Changan launched the Eado EV460 at the Beijing Auto Show. The new Changan Eado EV’s battery performance is close to that of the BAIC EU5, and it achieves an NEDC range of 405km from its 53kWh battery pack.

JAC misleads but stills makes it

JAc-iev-adJAC claims in its ad a 500km range for the JAC iEV50, but like most Chinese automakers they use a working conditions range, meaning the distance the vehicle can travel at a constant speed of 60km/h (38mph). The NEDC range for the JAC iEV50 is 404km (252miles) which in the real world is around 350km. Nevertheless, since we use an NEDC comparison here, the JAC iEV50 makes the cut, although being on the heavy side with its 130Wh/kg 60kWh battery weighing the iEV50 in at nearly 2 ton.

 

 

Weima breaks the bank

Weima open pre-sales for the Weima EX5 on the 20th of April 2018, five days before the Beijing Auto Show. During the official launch ceremony, Weima announced that it pre-sold 5,134 units in just five days. Weima surprised the market by introducing the Weima EX5 at a ridiculously low subsidy price of ¥99,000. The Weima EX5 is available in three trims with different ranges (at a constant speed of 60km/h):

  • EX300 – 380km/238mi
  • EX400 – 500km/312mi
  • EX500 – 600km/375mi

Weima also brought the EX5 Pro version in two trims, the EX5Pro 300 and EX5Pro 400.

The smartest kid on the block

The final EV in our list of electric cars with a 400km plus range is the SAIC Roewe Marvel X introduced at this years Bejing Auto Show. The Marvel X build on the Roewe connected car line-up first introduced in the RX5 SUV and co-developed with Alibaba. The production version is 90% of the concept car. The Roewe MARVEL X is built with an exclusive electric vehicle architecture and is equipped with an i-Drive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The Marvel X accelerates to 100km/h in less than 4 seconds and is the first mass-produced car equipped with AR (augmented reality) technology. Pre-sales will start in June with the first delivery expected in September 2018.

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

GM to light up the Chinese EV market in 2018 with the Baojun E100

GM to light up the Chinese EV market in 2018 with the Baojun E100

Used-ev-guide

EV-Buyers-Guide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

What is Baojun?

Baojun operates under the “General Motors SAIC-Wuling” joint venture in China. In recent years the company has built up a portfolio of mostly small sedans, multi-purpose vehicles, hatchbacks, and a crossover utility vehicle. But, with the rapid growth of the electric vehicles market in China, the brand recently undertook its first electric car, the Boajun E100.

The Baojun E100, a small two-seater car that boasts a 29-kilowatt (39-horsepower) electric motor. It can reach a top speed of 62 mph with a range 155 kilometers (96 miles) on a single charge, and it takes about 7.5 hours to fully recharge the lithium-ion battery pack. As always, the electric car recaptures energy while driving via its regenerative braking system.

Baojun-E100-Table-Specs-A00-Cars

The car is designed as a two-seater avant-garde with a simple dashboard. The 7-inch LCD information system has 4G/LTE, and WIFI capabilities and the E100 is equipped with parking sensors. The steering wheel has a two-color design, which is consistent with the rest of the interior of the car. There is no transmission shift lever, but instead, there is a knob-type mechanism. The E100 is also equipped with an electronic handbrake and keyless start.

Baojun-e100

What Makes the Baojun E100 different?

If you started searching for an electric car in June of 2017, Baojun would not have even made it onto your wish list, because it simply didn’t exist. But somehow the Baojun E100 was the 3rd highest selling EV in China for December of 2017. You may be wondering how Baojun managed to pull off this amazing feat. Well, the company started off by producing 200 initial units as “test versions” early in 2017, but they only sold their first batch of EVs in August 2017. Baojun sold 674 units in August followed by 1,562 in September, 1,715 in October, 1,915 in November and 5,545 in December for a total of 11,420 EVs in barely five months. The E100 finished 2017 as the 17th most sold EV in China, beating competitors such as the Haima EV160, Zotye Cloud, and Changan Benni Mini. To give you some perspective on how rapidly Baojun has entered the market: if they had started selling the E100 in January of 2017 at the rate which it is selling now, it would have beaten the Chery eQ to the second spot on the list. If one should make a forecast based on sales price the Baojun E100 could be in contention with the BAIC EC180 for the first spot to claim the Chinese “EV Crown.”

What is next for Baojun?

China-ev-sales-annual-december-2017

In the chart above there is a clear upward trend in the Chinese EV market, with the total number of EVs sold nearly tripling over the past three years. Although these increases can mainly be attributed to government incentives and an increased awareness of CO2 levels in China, one cannot deny the fact that Chinese citizens are moving away from traditional combustion engines and embracing the EV revolution. Baojun is perfectly positioned to become a market leader in the Chinese electric vehicle industry because it provides a reasonably cheap alternative for the rising Chinese middle class.

Baojun-E100-Table-Price-A00-Cars

To sum it up in simple economic terms, China’s rapidly growing middle class is developing a massive demand for EVs, and there are a lot of companies looking to supply EVs to these consumers. The table above compares the price of small EVs in China, and unsurprisingly, the Baojun is cheapest EV on the market at the moment. This explains the EVs huge boost in popularity in December.

Taking all of this into consideration it seems that Baojun is positioned very well to build on their successes of 2017 and have the potential to reign supreme in 2018.

SAVE AND SHARE THE BAOJUN E100 SPEC SHEET

BAOJUN E100 EV specs wattev2Buy.com 2017 Battery Chemistry Battery Capacity kWh 14.9 Battery Nominal rating kWh Voltage V Amps Ah Cells Modules Weight (kg) 160 Cell Type SOC Cooling Cycles Battery Type Depth of Discharge (DOD) Energy Density Wh/kg Battery Manufacturer Battery Warranty - years Battery Warranty - km Battery Warranty - miles Battery Electric Range - at constant 38mph Battery Electric Range - at constant 60km/h Battery Electric Range - NEDC Mi 97 Battery Electric Range - NEDC km 155 Battery Electric Range - CCM Mi Battery Electric Range - CCM km Battery Electric Range - EPA Mi Battery Electric Range - EPA km Electric Top Speed - mph 62.5 Electric Top Speed - km/h 100 Acceleration 0 - 100km/h sec Acceleration 0 - 50km/h sec Acceleration 0 - 62mph sec Acceleration 0 - 60mph sec Acceleration 0 - 37.2mph sec Wireless Charging Direct Current Fast Charge kW Charger Efficiency Onboard Charger kW Charging Cord - amps Charging Cord - volts LV 1 Charge kW LV 1 Charge Time (Hours) LV 2 Charge kW LV 2 Charge Time (Hours) 8 LV 3 CCS/Combo kW LV 3 Charge Time (min to 70%) LV 3 Charge Time (min to 80%) No LV 3 Charge Time (mi) LV 3 Charge Time (km) Charging System kW Charger Output Charge Connector Power Outlet kW Power Outlet Amps MPGe Combined - miles MPGe Combined - km MPGe City - miles MPGe City - km MPGe Highway - miles MPGe Highway - km Max Power - hp (Electric Max) 39 Max Power - kW (Electric Max) 29 Max Torque - lb.ft (Electric Max) Max Torque - N.m (Electric Max) 110 Drivetrain Generator Motor Type Electric Motor Output kW Electric Motor Output hp Transmission Electric Motor - Front FWD Max Power - hp FWD Max Power - kW FWD Max Torque - lb.ft FWD Max Torque - N.m Electric Motor - Rear RWD Max Power - hp RWD Max Power - kW RWD Max Torque - lb.ft RWD Max Torque - N.m Energy Consumption kWh/100km Energy Consumption kWh/100miles Deposit GB Battery Lease per month EU Battery Lease per month MSRP (expected) EU MSRP (before incentives & destination) GB MSRP (before incentives & destination) US MSRP (before incentives & destination) CHINA MSRP (before incentives & destination) ¥93,900.00 MSRP after incentives Vehicle Trims 2 Doors 3 Seating 2 Dimensions Luggage (L) GVWR (kg) 850 GVWR (lbs) Curb Weight (kg) 750 Curb Weight (lbs) Payload Capacity (kg) Payload Capacity (lbs) Towing Capacity (lbs) Max Load Height (m) Ground Clearance (inc) Ground Clearance (mm) Height (inc) 69.2 Height (mm) 1760 Lenght (inc) 97.9 Lenght (mm) 2488 Wheelbase (inc) 62.9 Wheelbase (mm) 1600 Width (inc) 59.2 Width (mm) 1506 Other Utility Factor Auto Show Unveil Market Segment Class Safety Level Unveiled Relaunch First Delivery Chassis designed Based On AKA Self-Driving System SAE Autonomous Level Connectivity Unique Extras Incentives Home Charge Installation Public Charging Subsidy Model Code LZW7000EVA

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Record sales puts BAIC in the top 3 EV producers of all time

Record sales puts BAIC in the top 3 EV producers of all time

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

BAIC displaces Renault in the Top 3 EV producers

The Chinese automaker BAIC, with the help of its BAIC EC180 mini-car, shattered a couple of EV records this year. Not only is BAIC the top-selling EV brand for 2017 (pure electric EVs only), it also kicked Renault out of the 3rd position of pure electric vehicle producers in the modern EV era. BAIC’s EV strategy of focusing on pure electric vehicles instead of hybrids has paid off and is fast becoming the Top EV producer in China with a 98% year-on-year increase in sales.

BAIC became the first automaker to sell more than a 100,000 pure electric vehicles in a country, narrowly beating Tesla‘s total sales for 2017. BAIC has been the top-selling BEV brand in China for the past five years and is looking well placed to dethrone BYD on total EV sales in 2018.

Top-EV-brands

The BAIC EC180, which was launched in December 2016, became the first EV model to sell more than 10,000 units a month in a single country during October 2017 and kept on doing so since then. BAIC delivered 77,355 units of the EC180 city car in 2017 with over 40,000 units being sold in Q4 2017 which is another record. BAIC’s EV sales are made through a dedicated sales network of 235 EV specific sales stores with another 65 to be rolled out shortly, making it the largest EV network in China. Read our report on the BAIC EC180 here.

The company announced in December 2017 that it would produce only pure electric vehicles from 2025 and only sell EVs in Beijing from 2020 onwards. BAIC is part-owned by Daimler who acquired a 12% shareholding in the Chinese Government owned auto manufacturer in 2013. BAIC has announced a further investment of 100 billion yuan (ca $15 billion) to support its new energy vehicle strategy. The company has been involved in the development of 46,000 public charging stations and 32,000 private charging points.

The company’s current success is based on eight years of innovation and development of its own EV technologies such as:

  • EDS – integrated powertrain,
  • PDU high voltage system for charging,
  • A high performance “Supermotor” electric motor.

BAIC won the 2017 China Automotive Industry Science and Technology Award, and its third generation EV technology meets the European EVDP2.0 standard which includes the international ETVS test standard and ETSM Safety Management System.

BAIC has international export aspiration and qualified for the TÜV Rheinland Certification, the Asian Quality Excellence Award and EU Export Certification allowing it entry into Asian and European markets. BAIC’s new EV brand, Arcfox, launched its first model recently, the lightweight Arcfox LITE previously known as the Arcfox 1. The personalizable Arcfox Lite, for which BAIC obtained an EU export certificate, with its innovative five-screen display is the first artificial intelligence pure electric car with its own social network.

 BAIC-displaces-Renault-in-the-Top-3-EV-producers

While the record sales in 2017 can largely be attributed to one model, BAIC announced that it would launch five new models in 2018. The range will include the new BAIC EC+, BAIC EX, BAIC EU and BAIC ET SUV “Gemini” with a range of 400km. BAIC will also enter the delivery vehicle market with 407EV MPV.

BAIC is sure to boost the international EV market with its affordable range of mass-produced electric vehicles, providing necessary competition to shake traditional Western brands out of their slumber.

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Chinese electric cars spotted at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show

Chinese electric cars spotted at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show

Used-ev-guide

EV-Buyers-Guide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

Chinese electric cars spotted at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show

The 15th Guangzhou Auto Show ran from the 17th of November to the 26th of November 2017 and provided an exciting glimpse what new and updated EV models the Chinese EV market can expect in 2018. Chinese auto manufacturers released around ten New Energy Vehicles into the Chinese market at the show including the long-awaited BAIC Arcfox Lite, previously known as the Arcfox 1. Imported brands were well represented with Tesla showcasing the Model’s X and S, BMW the i3, Daimler the Smart and EQ Concept, the Volvo XC60, Range Rover P400e, and Nissan the 2018 Leaf. Ford showcased the Changan Ford Mondeo Energi, based on the Ford Fusion Energi. Unfortunately, the Mondeo Energi does not qualify for the EV subsidy since its range is below the 50km threshold for plug-in vehicles.

The Inner Mongolian automaker, Hawtai, brought four new EVs to the show representing one of the most aggressive electric vehicle strategies at the event. SAIC introduced various new energy vehicles under its sub-brands including the listing of a hydrogen fuel cell version of the Maxus 80 LDV. The most exciting presentation from SAIC‘s stable was the eMG6 PHEV which is the first EV for the iconic MG brand. SAIC also brought its first electric wagon, the Roewe ei5 with a pure electric drivetrain to the show which will be released early in 2018. Great Wall‘s new brand WEY introduced the striking WEY P9 PHEV SUV with its Bentley like front grill. Appart from the Arcfox Lite BAIC also revealed its production-ready SUV, the ET400 which will be released shortly. Chery showcased the Tiggo 3xe compact SUV and the Exceed TX both which will be available to the market in 2018.

Some multi-purpose vehicles with electric drivetrains were introduced including the listing of the Foton Toano and the Dongfeng Lingzhi M5. Lessor known brand Kawei listed its pick-up truck the Kawei EV7 with a range of 350km (219 miles).

Some of the concept vehicles that caused a stir included WEY‘s XEV with a range of 530km and the iSPACE which is a collaboration between GAC and Tencent.

The list below provides a visual summary of some of the new energy vehicles at the 2017 Guangzhou Auto Show. We provide more detailed specifications of all the vehicles on the list on the wattEV2buy website.

EVs at Guangzhou Auto Show 2017

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

See the VW I.D. Crozz at the LA Auto Show 2017

See the VW I.D. Crozz at the LA Auto Show 2017

Used-ev-guide

EV-Buyers-Guide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

SEE THE VW I.D. CROZZ IN LA – DUE 2020 IN USA

VW USA UNVEILS THE I.D. CROZZ AT THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Today VW launched the I.D. Crozz Concept EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The German automaker aims to be the global leader in electric mobility with the release of 15 different VW EVs globally by 2025.

The I.D. Crozz is an all-electric compact SUV, first unveiled in April at the Shanghai Auto Show, sized similarly to the 2018 Tiguan in a four-door coupe shape, with the interior space of a mid-size SUV. According to President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Hinrich J. Woebcken “The I.D. CROZZ-based electric vehicle will be an affordable and stylish electric SUV—and there is more to come!”. The I.D. Crozz will precede the VW I.D. Buzz which is expected in 2022.

SEE THE VW I.D. CROZZ IN LA - DUE 2020 IN USA

I.D. Crozz Drivetrain

The 300 miles (480km) I.D.CROZZ is equipped with an  83-kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, one on each axle. The 4MOTION enabled drivetrain provides a combined power of 302hp and uses the rear motor with 201hp as the primary driving force and the front motor with 101 horsepower automatically engage when needed for traction, or it can be switched on for off-road use or snowy conditions.

All Volkswagen I.D. vehicles I.D. CROZZ can recharge 80 percent of its energy in 30 minutes via a 150 kWh DC fast charger.

SEE THE VW I.D. CROZZ IN LA - DUE 2020 IN USA

I.D. Crozz Style and Design

The I.D. Crozz engages with its occupants by greeting its driver and passengers with a 360-degree light show. When the electric doors are opened, the sensor fields pulsate.

The front doors of the I.D. Crozz open to an unusually wide 90 degrees. The rear doors open via a sliding action allowing the owner to carry a bicycle sideways behind the front seats. The rear seats offer legroom that’s comparable to a luxury car’s and fold up when needed for storage.

The interior of the I.D. CROZZ uses an “Open Space” design concept to create an airy, flexible cabin with lounge-like amenities, from the Alcantara-covered quilted seating surfaces to the motion-controlled virtual light shade—a feature of the panoramic glass roof that uses LED strips to illuminate the interior.

The I.D. CROZZ is controlled with the electrically adjustable and retractable multifunction steering wheel, an Active Info Display, an electronic rear-view mirror (e-Mirror), an augmented reality heads-up display and digital door panels. Features in the I.D. Crozz is operated by voice and gesture control, touch displays or capacitive button fields. The middle of the instrument panel features a 10.2-inch touch tablet that handles infotainment, HVAC, and communications functions.

With the help of “Smart Lights,” the driver gets visual cues in the form of interactive light signals in navigation and potentially hazardous situations. For example, if the vehicle detects a pedestrian on the right side of the car the Smart Light flashes a red signal from this direction.SEE THE VW I.D. CROZZ IN LA - DUE 2020 IN USA

VW Self-driving system

The I.D. Crozz concept features Volkswagens self-driving system, the I.D. Pilot, but vehicle owners will have to wait to experience the I.D.Pilot which will only be deployed from 2025. The voice-controlled I.D. Pilot uses four laser scanners that pop up from the roof, as well as ultrasonic and radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera. The ambient lighting in the I.D. CROZZ is light blue, while in automated I.D. Pilot mode the lighting switches to red.

SEE THE VW I.D. CROZZ IN LA - DUE 2020 IN USA

 VW ID CROZZ SPEC SHEET

SAVE AND SHARE THE VW ID CROZZ SPECS

 

Loading…

TOOLS TO COMPARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

We have designed some cool tools to compare electric vehicles. Our tools include a mobile app, charging cost calculator and EV selector. Use wattEV2Buy’s proprietary tools to find the ideal EV for your requirements and determine the cost of charging EVs.

Why the BAIC EC180 broke all monthly EV sales records

Why the BAIC EC180 broke all monthly EV sales records

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

Why the BAIC EC180 broke all monthly EV sales records

Making EV history

In October 2017 we saw for the first time that an EV model sold more than 10,000 units in a single month. You would be surprised to know that it is not a Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt or a Tesla. The honor goes to the BAIC EC180 city car made in China. Not only did the BAIC EC180 achieve sales of 11,315 units in October it did so in one country. The only other EV model that came close to 10,000 units in a month was the Tesla Model S when combining its international sales data for September 2017. Interestingly enough the BAIC EC180 also sold close to 10,000 units in September 2017.

Small EVs gain popularity in China

The BAIC EC180 falls under the small car segment (A00) in China which have become the most popular segment in the last 12 months. Already more than ten brands provide at least one model for the A00 segment with many others planning to produce small city cars. The small car segment contributed only around 15% of all EV sales in China in 2016 now contributes around 50% of all EV sold. The BAIC EC180 made up close to 40% of all the A00 segment sales or about 17% of all EV sales in China in October 2017.

EC180-as-percentage-of-china-ev-sales BAIC-EC180-SALES-DATA

What makes the BAIC EC180 so special?

When comparing the BAIC EC180 with other electric city cars available in China, it’s not the cheapest. In fact, the manufacturer’s guide price is more expensive than a Smart Electric Drive which has a better safety rating. However, the final sales price for the BAIC EC180 can get as low as $7,500 (¥49,800) depending on state, city and manufacturers subsidies.

 BAIC-EC180-price-compare

One of the attributes that are in the BAIC EC180’s favor is its range. The BAIC EC180 squeezes a range of 180km (112 miles) out of its 20kWh battery where most of its similarly priced peers can only muster a range of 150km (94 miles). Some of the higher priced competitors such as the Kandi K17 and Zotye E200 can only reach 165 km (103 miles) at most. The only real competitor on range is the Chery eQ, which sold more than the EC180 in June 2017.

BAIC-EC180-range-compare

The Zhidou D2 is the only real competitor to the BAIC EC180

The second most popular car in China is the Zhidou D2, previously the Geely Zhidou D2. Although smaller the Zhidou D2 is priced the same as the EC180. The Zhidou D2 is one of the first city EVs in China and has received its third facelift recently, with improvements to its interior and internet capabilities. The Zidou D2 which has experienced some spontaneous combustion incidents in recent times have not received any improvements to its safety and powertrain. The competition between the two city cars is confirmed by search statistics on wattEV2buy showing that the most popular searches for Chinese EVs internationally is for the BAIC EC180 followed by the Zhidou D2.

Zhidou-D2-Sales-data

No sacrifice on quality for the BAIC EC180

The BAIC EC180 electric motor, battery and battery control system is identical to those used by BAIC in the EV \ EX \ EU \ EH \ ET series. When creating the BAIC EC180 city car, the company with over 136,000 EVs sold to date did not sacrifice on quality and design. The attention to quality is one of the main contributors to the little car’s popularity, giving it excellent brand recognition resulting in record sales. The only cost-saving on the BAIC EC180 is the omission of a fast charging system, but charging overnight will provide you with more than enough range required for city driving.

Judging from the international interest one wish that BAIC would start exporting the BAIC EC180, it will be a great boon for EV adoption on a global scale.

BAIC-EC180-specs-compare

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Tesla sales expected to increase in China

Tesla sales expected to increase in China

Used-ev-guide

EV-Buyers-Guide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

TESLA SALES EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN CHINA

China, which accounts for nearly 40% of the global EV market, has always been one of the Tesla’s (TSLA) target markets. Tesla entered the Chinese market in 2014, early in its global expansion phase. The strategy has paid dividends and China currently is US automaker’s biggest market outside of the USA. To date, Tesla has sold around 250,000 of the Model S and Model X worldwide of which over 10% was sold in China. Tesla now accounts for nearly 3% of all EVs on Chinese roads, by far the most of any foreign-owned automaker in the electric vehicle sector.

Tesla-Sales-breakdown-in-China-and-USA

The Chinese Government has always been very protective of its auto sector enforcing a strict 50/50 ownership policy on foreigners wanting to manufacture locally. Although Tesla is currently in negotiations to establish vehicle and battery manufacturing in Shanghai’s free trade zone, it will have to continue importing vehicles into China for at least another five years, exposing its operations to import tariffs. With China’s aggressive promotion of electric cars, Tesla will remain on the back foot to competitors with local production as Tesla models carry a 25% import tariff. Up to now, Tesla has been able to double its sales since 2015. Sales for 2017 are on track to double again despite a reduction in EV subsidies announced in January by the Chinese Government.

Chart-tesla-Sales-in-China

At some point, however, the high-end market will become crowded with local products, which will be at least 25% cheaper than that of Tesla’s imported vehicles. The introduction of the Model 3 will open a new segment for Tesla, but with delays in production, we can only see Tesla distributing the Model 3 in the Chinese market by 2019 at which point many other foreign makers will locally produce EVs. Various foreign auto brands have announced their intentions to produce a range of EVs exclusively for the Chinese market, including Tesla’s major competitors GM and the Nissan PSA Alliance.

Trade agreements announced during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Beijing will, however, give Tesla’s sales some support. The Chinese Vice Finance Minister, Zhu Guangyao, announced on Friday the 10th of November 2017 that the country will gradually lower tariffs on imported vehicles. Minister Zhu went further announcing that the ownership restrictions on foreign manufacturers will be lifted very soon, allowing foreign auto brands to establish 100% owned plants in any one of the country’s eleven free trade zones. The minister did not give any timeframe on the easing of import duties though.

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

FIRST TESLA NOW RENAULT BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN ENERGY AND CARS

FIRST TESLA NOW RENAULT BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN ENERGY AND CARS

best ev

ev buyersguide

EV mobile app

chinese ev models

FIRST TESLA NOW RENAULT BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN ENERGY AND CARS

The nature of electric vehicles is much closer related to its energy source than that of combustion vehicles. Historically auto companies, as a rule, stayed out of the production of their fuel source. Since the introduction of the Power Wall and acquisition of Solar City analysts refer to Tesla as an energy company, rather than an automotive company. Now Renault wants to mimic Tesla‘s business model through the creation of a new subsidiary, Renault Energy Services, which is to specialize in energy, smart grids, and electric mobility.

Renault sees the energy and smart grid sectors as fundamental to the expansion of electromobility. The new subsidiary will focus primarily on the development of smart charging, V2G (vehicle to grid) interaction and second-life batteries by collaborating with theRenault-energy-service-ecosystem energy sector or investing in smart-grid related projects.

Gilles Normand, SVP, of Electric Vehicles at Renault said – “The creation of Renault Energy Services marks an important step forward. Investing in smart grids is key to both reinforcing the lead we enjoy in the European electric vehicle market and accelerating the EV industry’s scale-up.”

Renault sees the benefit flowing to its EV customers as Renault electric vehicles connected to smart grids will be able to pay less electricity through optimized charging.

Although it’s not a new phenomenon for auto companies to invest in energy networks for charging, the commitments were more a necessity enforced by regulation and customers than a profitable venture. Renaults move to focus on smart grids through a subsidiary would be one of the first to focus on new business profits from energy. It will by no means be the last where we see auto companies and energy providers play in the same sandbox.

The EV snowball is getting bigger by the day.

CHINESE EV DATABASE AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Comparing China’s popular pure electric SUVs – BYD Song vs Roewe eRX5

Comparing China’s popular pure electric SUVs – BYD Song vs Roewe eRX5

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Comparing China’s popular pure electric SUVs – BYD Song vs Roewe eRX5

This year saw the launch of two much-anticipated pure electric versions of popular SUVs of 2016, the BYD Song EV300 and SAIC Roewe eRX5 EV400. Interest pre-launch was very high with the SAIAC Roewe eRX5 receiving 3,000 pre-orders in just 4 days.The mini-car segment has thus ben the best performer in the Chinese electric vehicle sector, but since the launch of

The mini-car segment has thus ben the best performer in the Chinese electric vehicle sector, but since the launch of these two models, the SUV segment has been the second best-performing segment. Since the launch of the BYD Song in May 2017 followed by the Roewe eRX5 a month later nearly 6,000 units have been sold, with the SAIC Roewe eRX5 holding the record for most sales in a month thus far.

Byd-song-vs-saic-roewe-erx5-sales-chart-300

Pricing:

Though the MSRP before incentives favors the BYD Song, the subsidized price of the vehicles is relatively the same, with the Roewe eRX 5 marginally lower. The lower price for the Roewe eRX5 is due to it benefiting from an extra 10% subsidy since its battery energy density is higher than 120Wh/kg. The eRX5 subsidy is therefore 72,600 yuan to total a sales price of 198,800 yuan, and the Song receives a 66,000 yuan subsidy, ultimately costing 199,900 yuan.

BYD-SOng-Saic-erx5-compare

Charging: Left- SAIC Roewe eRX5 Right – BYD Song EV300

Battery:

The reason why the Roewe eRX5 has a better energy density is that it uses a Ternary Lithium battery, generating weight savings and resulting in longer mileage. The BYD Song on the other hand still uses a lithium iron phosphate battery which is heavier and packs less energy. We expect this to change in the near future as BYD has started using Ternary Lithium batteries in its plug-in hybrid models.

Charging:

The Roewe eRX5 pure electric version is equipped with a 7kW AC charger and higher power DC fast charger than the BYD Song EV300. The SAIC Roewe eRX5 charges on Level 2 in only 7 hours, compared to 10 of the BYD Song and fast charge to 80% full in 40 minutes whereas the Song takes over an hour.

Interior:

The BYD Song EV300’s styling, which is the same as the 2016 ICE and PHEV model is still very much according to the traditional BYD look and has not yet benefited from the recent appointment of Audi’s former head of design, Wolfgang Egger. The SAIC Roewe eRX5 styling, on the other hand, has a more western influence resulting in a stylish feeling and modern sense of technology due to its full LCD instrument panel (12.3 inch) and a 10-inch multimedia display.

Functionality:

BYD has a basic configuration, focused on practicality first. The BYD Song EV300 offers a multi-function steering wheel, leather seats, automatic air conditioning, color control of its multimedia screen, panoramic sunroof and much more, giving the owner real value for his money. The Song EV300 instrument panel fully embodies the characteristics of practical first. Although the interface is relatively simple, the functionality is reasonable and information rich. In addition, the Song EV300 has optional seat heating, which is not available in the eRX5.

The BYD Song EV300 still uses a traditional shift lever for driving mode selection, one of the few new EVs to still do so. The shifter selects between two driving models, energy saving and sports two driving modes. Energy recovery intensity can also be set. In addition, the Song EV300 also equipped with BYD’s unique mobile power plant technology, providing external power 220V AC for your outdoor equipment.

Although the eRX5 is seen as the more technologically advanced of the two vehicles the Song does not completely fall behind with 360 ° panoramic image, PM2.5 green net system, a Carpad multimedia system, TPMS tire pressure monitoring system and a BOS brake priority system.

The SAIC Roewe eRX5 benefits from ALIBABA and SAIC co-operating in 2016 to develop the first internet car, providing software and Internet functions such as Ali cloud and the Zebra Zhixingc internet-connection system. In addition, Roewe ERX5 is also equipped with dynamic energy management, remote control, battery doctors and other technical solutions. The 12.3 inch full LCD dashboard display is also remarkable. Unlike the BYD Song, the Roewe eRX5 uses driving control keys, concentrated near the gears. The MODE button is used to adjust the driving mode and the KERS button is used to adjust the energy recovery strength. The BATTERY button is inherited from the plugged-in version of the eRX5 but does not work on the pure eRX5. There are three driving modes, namely, standard, sports, energy saving. After switching the driving mode, the theme color of the dashboard changes. Although the Roewe eRX5 is not 4WD it is equipped with active anti-roll, steep slope slow down, ramp support and other functions. The Roewe eRX5’s central armrest incorporates an air purifier.

 

BYD-Roewe-SUV-compare-Cab

Interior and Controls: Left- SAIC Roewe eRX5 Right – BYD Song EV300

 

Tires:

The Roewe eRX5 is equipped with 235/50 R18 Michelin Primacy 3 ST Hao Yue tires and the BYD Song EV300 with 235/50 R19 Goodyear SUV series tires.

Luggage:

The eRX5 EV400 and its ICE and PHEV version has the same boot space and is not influenced by the battery pack. The Song EV300 luggage compartment floor is elevated by 4cm from its ICE version. The Rowe eRX5 has a front compartment of 60L, just enough for two backpacks under the engine cover.

Power:

In terms of power, the Roewe eRX5 falls short to the BYD Song, delivering only a maximum power of 85kW (116Ps) and maximum torque of 255Nm from its permanent magnet synchronous motor. The Song EV300 delivers 160kW (218Ps) and maximum torque of 310Nm from its permanent magnet synchronous motor.

Conclusion:

Both vehicles have pro’s and con’s but since they are evenly priced the SAIC Roewe eRX5 with its longer range and technology trumps the BYD Song’s extras in my opinion. BYD might be the undisputed leader in Chinese electric vehicle market for the moment but the entry of models such as the SAIC Roewe eRX5 will challenge BYDs position in the future

BYD-Roewe-SUV-compare back

Table-SAIC-Roewe-erx5-byd-song-bev-1000

wattev2buy mobile app

RENAULT NISSAN TO BUILD AN INTERCONNECTED EV FOR CHINA

RENAULT NISSAN TO BUILD AN INTERCONNECTED EV FOR CHINA

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

RENAULT NISSAN TO BUILD AN INTERCONNECTED EV FOR CHINA

The Renault Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group forged a partnership to co-develop electric vehicles in China according to a press release by Nissan. The new JV company is called eGT New Energy Automotive Co and will focus on the core competencies of each to produce EVs for the Chinese market. The first vehicle by eGT will be an A-segment SUV based on the Renault Nissan platform and is expected in 2019. The vehicle will be an intelligent and interconnected EV, which is the new rage in China. Alibaba and SAIC released the first successful mass-market interconnected car last year, the Roewe eRX5 SUV. Since then various other companies and start-ups, such as XPENG, announced strategies to focus purely on interconnected vehicles.

“This project is the result of a joint effort to develop electric vehicles for the Chinese market, by the ‘Golden Triangle’ formed by Dongfeng, Renault, and Nissan, with an innovative business model,” said Zhu Yanfeng, Chairman of Dongfeng. “We expect to meet the transformation trend of the market in China; where cars are becoming light, electric, intelligent, interconnected and shared. This is also testimony of a deepened and strengthened strategic cooperation between the three parties.”

The new venture is owned 25% each by Renault and Nissan while Dongfeng will hold the remaining 50%. eGT will be headquartered in the City of Shiyan, Hubei Province and assembly of the EV will be done at the 120,000 capacity Dongfeng plant in Shiyan.

Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. EV JV

 

The featured image does not represent the new EV but is that of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

THE SWEDISH ELECTRIC VEHICLE MARKET H1 2017

Sweden EV Sales H1 2017, a summary

We look at the Top brands and models, the gainers and losers and how the battle between battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technologies play out in the summary of Sweden EV Sales H1 2017.

The highlights for Swedish electric car sales in H1 2017 was:

  • Swedish EV Sales grew by 35.2% Year-on-Year or by more than 2,100 units over the same period in 2016;
  • The Swedish EV sales got off to a great start in January setting the tone for the year. However, the following months saw the trend flattening off, albeit at slightly higher levels than 2016.
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicles seem to dominate the Sweden EV market, commanding over 70% of total EV registrations in Sweden during the first half of 2017.
  • Ten new models, most of them PHEVs, were available to consumers in this semester compared to the same period in 2016;
  • Volvo, the Swedish automaker was the worst performing brand in its home market, losing 25% of its sales compared to 2016, falling out of the list of Top 3 EV brands in Sweden.

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

 

The Top Electric Vehicle Brands for 2017 H1 in Sweden

The Top 3 EV brands in Sweden for H1 2017 were VW, new entrant Mitsubishi and BMW. Most EV brands except Volvo and Peugeot showed gains in units sales compared to H1 2016. Hyundai entered the Swedish market with its Hyundai Ioniq BEV. Initial sales for the Ioniq was below average in a market which has a preference for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Toyota re-entered the market with the new Prius but failed to get the same traction as it did in other markets. Tesla and Mitsubishi nearly doubled their sales from 2016. Sweden is on of the few markets where Mitsubishi showed positive growth with the aging Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in 2017 and now makes up 23.24% of all EV registrations in Sweden. BMW maintained its third overall position with the support of its 330e, 225xe, and X5 xDrive models, more than compensating for waning sales in the BMW i3 model series. VW held on to the top spot, mostly due to the VW Passat GTE which accounted for 25% of all EV sales in Sweden during H1 2017.

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

 

The Top Electric Vehicle Models for 2017 H1 in Sweden

Ten new EV models entered the Swedish EV market in the comparison between H1 2016 and H1 2017. Of the ten new EV models, eight were plug-in hybrids, and only the Tesla Model X made it on to the Top 10 list. Volvo launched two new plug-in models at the end of May in its home market, the Volvo XC60 T8 and Volvo S90 T8 PHEV. The XC60 sold 44 units and the larger S90 31 units. The Nissan Leaf still performed well considering the upgrade is expected early 2018. Most of the Mercedes-Benz models fared well except for its larger S550 and GLE550 models. The Daimler company could however not compete with its compatriot, BMW, who had more models in the smaller end of the scale. The BMW 330e, BMW i3, and BMW 225xe Active Tourer sold 813 units while the Mercedes-Benz B250e and Mercedes-Benz C350e could only muster a combined 130 units. The Tesla Model S still performed well in Sweden as opposed to the general trend where we see the sales flattening out in its main markets.

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

 

Summary of EV sales in Sweden for 2017 H1, the losers

Volvo was the big loser in Sweden during the first half of 2017 despite having a home ground advantage and bringing two new models to market, albeit only in late May. Volvo’s two mainstay plug-in electric cars, the Volvo XC90 T8 and Volvo V60 PHEV, lost nearly a third of their respective sales to brands such as VW, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

 

The battle between BEV and PHEV models in Sweden

Sweden has a definite preference for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Of the ten new models released since the first half of 2016 in Sweden, eight were PHEVs. A total of 5,850 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold, comprising 72% of the market while only 2,301 pure electric models were sold during the same period. The percentage breakdown of PHEV to BEV in H1 2017 is very similar to that of H1 2016, explaining why most new models released in Sweden were PHEVs despite a halving of the rebate on plug-in hybrids.

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

In conclusion, even at a 3.4% of the national fleet (Q4 2016), electric vehicle sales in Sweden remains low compared to its neighbor Norway, which has an EV penetration of close to 30% (Q4 2016). The sluggish performance is linked to the Swedish EV incentive program which has been erratic, linked to a fixed amount of funding which has been depleted a couple of times. Also, the Swedish EV buyer does not get his/her rebate at the point of sale. The Swedish Transport Agency contacts owners after the purchase of the vehicle requesting the completion of a paper process after which they receive the rebate. The rebate of 40,000 kroner (~ $4,500) applied to BEVs and PHEVs up to October 2016 at which time it was halved for PHEVs.

Detailed breakdown of all electric vehicles sold in Sweden for the first half of 2017

The Swedish Electric Vehicle Market Sweden EV Sales for H1 2017

Base data supplied by EV Sales, all calculations, and data representations by wattEV2Buy.

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

Interested in finding the best electric vehicle for you? Download our fun and easy app below, set your preferred technology, price, and range and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market China EV Sales for H1 2017

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market China EV Sales for H1 2017

EV-facts-and-Myths

Used-ev-guide

electric car Mobile-App

EVs-in-China

THE CHINESE NEW ENERGY VEHICLE MARKET H1 2017

China EV Sales H1 2017, a summary

We look at the Top brands and models, the gainers and losers and how the battle between battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technologies play out in the summary of China EV Sales H1 2017.

The highlights for Chinese electric car sales in H1 2017 was:

  • Chinese EV Sales grew by 38.3% Year-on-Year or by more than 44,000 units over the same period in 2016;
  • The H1 2017 semester got off to a bad start with one of the worst months in the last three years but recovered with the months of May and June registering the third and fourth best sales ever.
  • More than four pure electric vehicles were sold for every plug-in hybrid in a market where there are 44 BEV models available to the consumer and only fifteen PHEVs;
  • Twenty new models, most of them BEV’s, were available to consumers in this semester compared to the same period in 2016;
  • The Top 2 EV Brands in the China remained the same but one of last year’s top performers, JAC, spectacularly fell out of the Top 3.

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market: China EV Sales for H1 2017

The Top Electric Vehicle Brands for 2017 H1 in China

 

The Top 3 EV brands in China for the first half of 2017 were BYD, BAIC, and Zhidou. Although BYD hung on to its first place, it sees its lead evaporate. BYD hardly registered any sales in the January 2017, and lost sales in its top performing Qin and Tang model ranges to competing new models from BAIC, Chery, and SAIC Roewe. BYD, one of the largest EV brands in the world, is seeing its position as China’s best performing EV brand challenged as it lost over 20% of its sales compared to 2016, while its competitor BAIC more doubled its sales. BAIC benefited from exciting new models entering the market in the last 12 months, with its small hatch, the BAIC EC180 being a top performer for three of the six months ending up the second best selling EV for the semester. Smaller EVs, or City cars, have also performed very well with the popular Zhidou Geely D2 selling nearly 20,000 units. Another brand with small EV models, Zotye, was placed fourth due to the popularity of its Cloud 100, E200 and E30 models. Other Top 10 Chinese EV brands selling city cars included Chery and JMC, both placed in the Top 10. Although JAC brought the exciting JAC iEV6S small SUV to market it was not enough to withstand the onslaught of its peers, crashing out of the Top 3 to the eight position. Tesla also entered the Top 10 list with the Model X performing very well (please note the June 2017 Tesla data did not make it in time for our analysis, which would have aided the brand’s performance). Western brands such as Volvo, BMW through its local partner BMW Brilliance, Daimler and GM mostly gave up market share to Chinese-produced vehicles.

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market: China EV Sales for H1 2017

 

The Top Electric Vehicle Models for 2017 H1 in China

Twenty new EV models entered the Chinese EV market in the first half of 2017 but only three, the BAIC EC180, SAIC Roewe eRX5 and BYD Song DM, made it to the Top 10 list of electric vehicles in China. None of last years Top 5 could hang on to their positions with two of the new models, the BAIC EC180 and SAIC Roewe eRX5, entering the market with Top 5 positions within three months from being launched. Last year’s Top 3 EVs, the BYD Tang, BAIC E200, and BYD Qin all crashed out, with the BYD Tang the only model able to hold on to a Top 10 position. Plug-in Hybrid vehicles could only muster three positions in the Top 20 as small city EVs made up more than half of the units sold in 2017 to date. The popular SUV class accounted for 26% of the units sold in the Top 20 list of EVs in China while plug-in hybrids only accounted for 16% of all the EVs sold. New electric vehicle models made up 31% of all the EVs sold during the period under review.

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market: China EV Sales for H1 2017

 

Electric Vehicle Models for 2017 H1 in China, the losers

BYD’s ailing fortunes are clear in the list of losers for the first half of 2017 but another popular EV brand from 2016, Kandi, saw diminishing sales as its Kandi K17 Cyclone could not compete with the host of new small city cars entering the Chinese EV market. Clear again is the composition of plug-in hybrids and foreign brands in the list of the worst performing electric cars.

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market: China EV Sales for H1 2017

 

The battle between BEV and PHEV models in China

Plug-in hybrid models are losing the battle in China, strange though that 35% of the new models launched in the last 12 months are PHEVs. In the comparable period in 2016 plug-in electric vehicles made up 33% of all the units sold while the vehicle type only contributed to 16% of all sales in 2017.

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market: China EV Sales for H1 2017

A detailed breakdown of all electric vehicles sold in China for the first half of 2017

 

The Chinese New Energy Vehicle market: China EV Sales for H1 2017

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

Interested in finding the best electric vehicle for you? Download our fun and easy app below, set your preferred technology, price, and range and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

We look at the Top brands, Best and Worst Models and how the battle between battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technologies play out in the summary of EV Sales in Norway H1 2017.

The highlights for Norwegian electric car sales in H1 2017 was:

  • Norway’s EV Sales grew 20.62% Year-on-Year or by 4,630 units over the same period in 2016;
  • BEV outsold PHEV also by a margin of 20.6% while having fewer models than plug-in hybrids;
  • Nine new models, most of them PHEV’s, were available to consumers in this semester compared to the same period in 2016;
  • We saw big changes in the Top 3 EV Brands in Norway.
  • EV sales a percentage of total sales broke records in January and June 2017 by constituting 27% and 42% of all vehicles sales for the respective month.
  • Most of the EV sales in Norway for the first half of 2017 came from gains in January and June 2017 which were 67% and 62% higher than that of the corresponding months in 2016.

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

The Top Electric Vehicle Brands in Norway for H1 2017

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017 We saw very big changes in the Top 3 electric vehicle brands in Norway with only VW Group retaining its Top position, albeit with lower sales in its mass-market VW brand. Japanese automakers, Mitsubishi and Nissan were pushed from the Top 3 by German luxury automakers BMW and Daimler. Tesla sales also surpassed that of Mitsubishi and Nissan, with a strong performance by the Tesla Model X more than offsetting the slide in Tesla Model S sales. Tesla now commands over 11% of the total EV market in Norway.

French automakers Renault, Peugeot and Citroën gave up positions to their peers as Hyundai and GM entered the market with the new Ioniq and Opel Ampera-e (Bolt EV) mass-market EVs. It is disappointing that first movers such as the PSA Group grew too comfortable supplying the same models for the past 5 years without preparing a response to longer range mass-market vehicles. Toyota has not achieved the same stellar sales in Norway with the new Toyota Prius as it did in some of its other markets.

The Best Electric Vehicle Models in Norway for H1 2017

The Top 10 gainers in sales growth over 2016 were mostly plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) while the top selling vehicles by units were mostly battery electric vehicles (BEV). The BMW i3 rose a healthy eight positions and ate into the sales of the VW e-Golf, VW e-Up, VW Golf GTE, Audi A3 e-tron, and Nissan Leaf. Norway is now the second best market, after the USA, for the German manufactured BMW i3 accounting for 8% of all electric vehicles on the country’s roads. The Tesla Model X performed very well, helping Tesla to nearly double its sales in Norway. The rise of the Model X, now the best performing luxury EV in Norway, came at the expense of the BMW X5 xDrive and Mitsubishi Outlander. Luxury brands Daimler and BMW‘s large selection of PHEV models performed well in Norway with the Mercedes GLC350e helping Daimler to be the leader in the luxury class over BMW. It is only Daimler’s lack of an answer to the BMW i3 that kept the automaker in the third spot overall.

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

 

The Worst Electric Vehicle Models in Norway for H1 2017

The VW brand sold 1,540 units less than last year across the VW Golf GTE, VW e-Golf, and VW e-Up models. The VW Group lost nearly 2,000 units in total if one should factor in the sales loss from the Audi A3 e-tron. The biggest overall loser was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which sold 1,040 units less than the same period in 2016. The Tesla Model S is following the same trend as we see in many other countries, losing 31% or selling 388 units less than last year.

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

 

The battle between BEV and PHEV models

Pure electric vehicles (BEVs) extended their lead over plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to 20.6% from 17.3% in H1 2016 despite having fewer models to offer. A total of 14,753 BEVs sold in the first-half of 2017 in Norway compared to 12,231 PHEVs. For our calculation, we included the BMW i3 REx as a BEV since we don’t have an accurate breakdown of BMW i3 sales between the BEV and range extended version.

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

Detailed breakdown of all electric vehicles sold in Norway for the first half of 2017

Summary of EV sales in Norway H1 2017

 

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

Interested in finding the best electric vehicle for you? Download our fun and easy app below, set your preferred technology, price, and range and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Summary of USA EV Sales H1 2017

Summary of USA EV Sales H1 2017

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Summary of USA EV Sales H1 2017

We look at the Top brands, Best and Worst Models and how the battle between battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technologies play out in the summary of USA EV Sales H1 2017.

The highlights for USA electric car sales in H1 2017 was:

  • USA EV Sales grew 39% Year-on-Year or by more than 25,000 units over the same period in 2016;
  • BEV outsold PHEV by a marginal 6.7% while having fewer models than plug-in hybrids;
  • Ten new models, most of them PHEV’s, were available to consumers in this quarter compared to the same period in 2016;
  • We saw no changes in the Top 3 EV Brands in the USA.

USA-first half 2017 ev sales per Month-Chart

The USA Top Electric Vehicle Brands 2017 H1

 

USA-H1-ev Brands

There are no surprises in the Top 3 EV brands with Tesla holding on to its lead over GM due to a 24% rise in Tesla Model X sales. GM could not dethrone Tesla even with a new model, the mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV up its sleeve. Improved sales in the 2nd Quarter from the Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi helped the brand retain its third position fighting off the strong performance of Toyota with the new Toyota Prius which was placed third at the end of the first quarter.

Most brands showed improved sales growth over the first half of the year with only Ford, Volvo, and Mitsubishi showing declining sales. The Volkswagen Group showed a declining trend as the year progressed and mustered the lowest growth. The declining fortunes of the German automaker can be attributed to the Volkswagen e-Golf not being able to compete on range with the new mass-market Chevrolet Bolt being sold in the same price bracket. Chrysler showed the highest growth after Toyota buoyed by the new Chrysler Pacifica and great specials on its compliance car, the Fiat 500e. The results might have been better for the US automaker, but the Chrysler Pacifica launch was delayed and then impacted by recalls and plant closure due to battery problems.

The USA Top Electric Vehicle Models 2017 H1

Most of the existing models showed growth lower than the overall growth due to the big number of new models to the market. Surprisingly the Ford Focus and Fiat pure electric models outperformed the market showing that the public is becoming more comfortable with range issues and the continuously improving charging infrastructure is starting to have and effect on top of the financial incentives making EVs appealing.

USA-H1-2017-biggest-gainers

 

The USA Worst Electric Vehicle Models 2017 H1

European plug-in vehicles were the biggest losers in this half of 2017 with a number of the luxury PHEV models losing big. Volvo and BMW saw some of their relatively new models losing steam. Both the BMW x5 xDrive and Volvo XC90 T8, released in 2016, lost market share in favor of the Tesla Model X. The Tesla Model S sales have flatlined although it remained the top selling BEV model. It will be interesting to see how the new Daimler Smart ForTwo ED fares in the second half of 2017. The German automaker is relaunching the brand as electric only in the USA and Canada from this summer and will offer a slightly improved model at a marginally reduced $23,800 starting price before incentives.

USA-H1-2017-biggest-lossers

 

The battle between BEV and PHEV models

Battery electric vehicles are still maintaining its lead over plug-in hybrids albeit at a lower margin. BEVs took six positions in the Top 10 EV sales for the USA in the first half of 2017. The ever increasing number of plug-in models benefits the technology in the short term as it competes with only a handful of pure electric models. The Plug-in hybrid category benefited mostly from the release of the new Toyota Prius and to a lesser extend the Chrysler Pacifica. The Tesla Models X and S constitute nearly 44% of all BEV models showing the company’s dominance in the sector. The commanding position will improve even more with the release of the Model 3 in the second half of 2017 which might add about 40,000 units depending on the production ramp-up. The release of the Tesla Model 3 and new Nissan Leaf, expected by the end of the year, should help pure electric vehicles outperform the more dirty plug-in hybrids in the second half.

wattev2buy-h1-2017-bev-and-phev-models

Detailed breakdown of all electric vehicles sold in the USA for the first half of 2017

2017 H1 Tech Brand Model Units 2016 H1 Change Growth 1 EV TESLA Tesla Model S 11,195 1 0 -1% 2 PHEV CHEVROLET Chevrolet Volt 10,932 2 0 11% 3 PHEV TOYOTA Toyota Prius PHEV 9,692 25 22 22976% 4 EV TESLA Tesla Model X 8,945 4 0 24% 5 EV CHEVROLET Chevrolet Bolt 7,592 0 NEW 6 EV NISSAN Nissan Leaf 7,248 5 -1 25% 7 PHEV FORD Ford Fusion Energi 5,057 3 -4 -30% 8 PHEV FORD Ford C-Max Energi 4,409 6 -2 37% 9 EV CHRYSLER Fiat 500e 3,828 9 0 81% 10 EV BMW BMW i3 2,992 7 -3 4% 11 PHEV BMW BMW x5 xDrive40e 2,146 8 -3 -17% 12 PHEV AUDI Audi A3 e-tron 2,120 10 -2 9% 13 EV VW Volkswagen e-Golf 1,887 12 -1 30% 14 PHEV BMW BMW 330e 1,869 23 9 1484% 15 PHEV HYUNDAI Hyundai Sonata PHEV 1,415 13 -2 4% 16 PHEV CHRYSLER Chrysler Pacifica PHEV 1,407 0 NEW 17 EV FORD Ford Focus Electric 1,053 19 2 136% 18 PHEV PORSCHE Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 978 14 -4 -16% 19 EV KIA Kia Soul EV 836 17 -2 36% 20 PHEV VOLVO Volvo XC90 T8 775 15 -5 -23% 21 PHEV DAIMLER Mercedes S550 PHEV 411 24 3 455% 22 PHEV BMW BMW 530e 399 0 NEW 23 PHEV KIA Kia Optima PHEV 390 0 NEW 24 EV DAIMLER Mercedes B250e 317 21 -3 2% 25 PHEV BMW BMW 740e 303 0 NEW 26 PHEV DAIMLER Mercedes C350e 288 0 NEW 27 PHEV DAIMLER Mercedes GLE 550e 268 27 0 1311% 28 PHEV BMW BMW i8 220 16 -12 -65% 29 EV HYUNDAI Hyundai Ioniq Electric 157 0 NEW 30 EV DAIMLER Smart ForTwo ED 57 20 -10 -84% 31 PHEV GM Cadillac CT6 PHV 42 0 NEW 32 PHEV GM Cadillac ELR 19 18 -14 -96% 33 EV CHEVROLET Chevrolet Spark EV 13 11 -22 -99% 34 PHEV BMW Mini Countryman PHEV 10 NEW 35 PHEV PORSCHE Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 9 22 -13 -94% 36 EV MITSUBISHI Mitsubishi i-MiEV 6 26 -9 -70%

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

Interested in finding the best electric vehicle for you? Download our fun and easy app below, set your preferred technology, price, and range and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Introducing Chinese electric car brands – BAIC and sub-brand BJEV

Introducing Chinese electric car brands – BAIC and sub-brand BJEV

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. Ltd (BAIC) is 60% owned by the Chinese Government. BAIC spun its electric vehicle business into a separate unit, Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV). The company raised $460mln in and IPO for its Electric Vehicle unit, drawing investors such as LE Holdings, the Chinese company with ties to Faraday Future and LeAuto. The BJEV factory is situated in Caiyu, Daxing, Beijing. The vehicle bodies are welded in Zhuzhou Hunan province. BJEV has launched its new range of EV’s, called Arcfox. BJEV unveiled its first concept vehicles for the Arcfox sub-brand in 2016 which comprised of the tiny open top SUV, the Arcfox-1 and the performance model the Arcfox-7 which is based on the Formula E platform of the NextEV Racing team.

BAIC was founded in September 2010 and tried to acquire the intellectual property rights of GM unit, SAAB Automobile’s in 2009 for $200m but failed. The German company, Daimler AG, acquired a 12% shareholding in BAIC during November 2013. BAIC produces some of the best-selling electric vehicles in the country, the E150/160/200 series, the EU260, and EC180 which is the top seller for 2017. The Daimler influence is clear in the design of the new BAIC EU260 model, which looks similar to the Mercedes C series.

BAIC BJEV was one of the first automakers to qualify for an electric vehicle production certificate from the Chinese Government in 2016 as part of the Chinese New Energy Vehicle Program to regulate the EV sector.

BAIC BJEV is now in its third generation of EV technology and is the best-selling electric vehicle auto company in China. The company announced an aggressive five-year plan in 2016 whereby it aims to sell 500,000 per annum by 2020. At the end of 2015, the company was the fourth largest EV manufacturer in the world and has since improved its performance with a 156% jump in sales in 2016, putting it ahead of BYD. The company is planning the launch of the Arcfox 1 in 2017 followed by other pure electric models the BAIC Senova EX260 SUV and BAIC EH300. 2018 will see the release of BAIC EH300L SUV EV and EX400L SUV.

list electric vehicles baic bjev electric car models

Click through to the BAIC’s page on wattEV2Buy to explore the past, present and future EV models by the Chinese automaker.

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, Autonomous, and FCEV.

Stay tuned to wattEV2buy and follow the rest of our weekly series on Chinese EV brands.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

How successful is the Chinese New Energy Vehicles Program?

How successful is the Chinese New Energy Vehicles Program?

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

45% of Chinese EV makers sold less than 500 models per year

 

The recent Chinese Auditor General’s report on the Central Governments budget for the implementation of its New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) program has delivered some mixed results. The State’s Auditing Administration found some disturbing results from its inspection of 66 companies producing new energy vehicles including passenger vehicles, buses, and commercial vehicles. One has to ask yourself how successful has the program been when finding that 2,200 vehicles out of 35,500 produced by 13 companies were left unsold for a period of longer than a year? How successful has the program been to alleviate pollution in cities if 17,200 of the 35,500 traveled less than 3,000km (1,875 miles) in a year?

The program to promote NEVs was established in 2010 to form part of China’s 12th 5-year plan running from 2011 to 2015. The program had a budget of RMB 100 billion ($14.4 Billion) which included the promotion of EVs through subsidies, development of a charging network, and manufacturing incentives. In 2016 the country cracked down on the rampant abuse of the system by handing down fines totaling $150 million and closing five of the worst offenders. In total, the Audit Administration’s report found, that subsidies to the tune of RMB 1.67 Billion ($240 million) were overpaid due to cheating, which is nearly half the entire budget of eight provincial funds.

The Minister of Industry and Information Technology was quoted in January 2017 that China aims to quadruple its NEV fleet to 2 million units by 2020 and have one in five cars as EVs by 2025, which is expected to be 7 million EVs. The report found that in some cases the subsidies might have been too effective in targeting the development of NEVs. In a sample of around 6,800 units from 13 companies, it was found that more than half was buses, which received subsidies of 70% of the units sales price or higher, skewing the intended outcome away from passenger vehicles.

In January 2017 the Government cracked down on the sector by capping the total subsidies available at the Local Government level at 50% of that of the Central Government, dropping the NEV subsidy by 20% effective 1 January 2017, and raising the technology threshold of distance per charge and energy consumption. The new subsidy at Central Government level is now 44,000 yuan ($6,333) for EVs with a range greater than 250km (156 miles), down from 60,000 yuan ($8,600). The subsidy for buses was capped at 300,000 yuan (43,000) down from 500,000 yuan ($72,000). The sudden crackdown led to a crash in NEV sales for January 2017 of below 8,000 units compared to a full year total for 2016 of around 500,000 units. The sector has since recovered but is not expected to reach the stellar growth that it needs to outpace 2016 by double digits.

Other headline figures from the Auditor’s report shows that 45% of EV makers sold less than 500 models per year, which is a justification for the country implementing a production certificate system. The permitting of automakers to produce EVs have reached its current limit of 15 production certificates when JAC received authorisation for its 100,000 units per annum plant.

On the positive side, the Auditor found that Chinese automakers are starting to dominate the world market for electric vehicles as three, BYD, Geely, and BAIC rank in the top ten by EV sales list. Auto parts companies such as CATL, a battery manufacturer, and Jing-Jin Electric, a manufacturer of drivetrains for EVs have become internationally known for their products.

Going forward the Chinese Government is changing tact from a carrot and stick approach by promoting NEVs through subsidies and regulation to relying more on the stick by introducing more stringent NEV quotas on auto manufacturers from 2018. The Chinese authorities had a visit in June 2017 from the California Resource Board, to co-operate on the proposed Chinese ZEV quotas. The Californian Resource Board was responsible for the state’s much hailed Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) framework. The proposed Chinese ZEV quotas are set to require auto manufacturers to have ZEV’s contribute 8% of their sales in 2018 and increase annually by 2% to reach 12% in 2020.

 

Picture: Workers assemble new-energy cars at a workshop of Weidong New-Energy Car Co Ltd in Zouping, Shandong province. [Photo/China Daily]

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

nterested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the China switch and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

wattev2buy mobile app

Traum Auto, another new vehicle brand chasing the Chinese dream

Traum Auto, another new vehicle brand chasing the Chinese dream

EV-facts-and-Myths

Used-ev-guide

electric car Mobile-App

EVs-in-China

TRAUM AUTO TO FOCUS ON THE YOUTH SEGMENT

GoTo Traum EV Models to see the latest models, news, and sales.

The latest auto brand coming from China, Traum Auto from the Zotye stable, was officially launched on the 27th of June 2017. The company is registered as Traum New Energy Automobile and will be headquartered in Hebei Province. The new Chinese auto brand will use Zotye’s Chongqing plant for its vehicle production. Traum is the German word for “Dream” and judging from the pace of growth in the Chinese auto sector the Chinese Dream is to have a vehicle, more particularly an SUV.

The new Zotye brand is focussed on the aspirational youth segment in the fast-growing Chinese economy. Most automakers globally struggle to attract the younger generation to show interest in owning vehicles as mobility trends change. In the USA only around 20% of the youth in a 2012 survey showed any interest at all in getting a drivers license. In the Japan Toyota discontinuing its youth brand Scion at the end of 2016.

 

Will Traum Auto develop electric vehicles?

Traum Auto, very much like another newcomer Yudo Auto, is zooming in on the SUV segment as it plans to release eight SUVs in the next three years and only one sedan or hatch vehicle. Other than Yudo which will only produce electric vehicles, Traum will produce vehicles with an original design and advanced power plants over the whole spectrum of HYBRID, PHEV and BEV technologies leveraging on Zotye’s knowhow. The company targets efficiencies for its hybrid vehicles of 4liter/100km and plug-in hybrids of 2l/100km and BEV with a range of 550km (340 miles).Traum Auto Model release

 

Traum has more than one German connection.

Traum Auto aims to develop connected car’s packed with the latest technologies and will kick off with a five and seven seater SUV as early as November this year.

Being in step with its target market Traum Auto will use new sales channels to distribute its vehicles. China has embraced e-commerce and other Chinese automakers such as Geely has already switched to online delivery channels away from the physical dealership model. China’s most popular city EV, the Geely Zhi Dou D2 EV is sold exclusively through experience centers, Geely’s Tmall.com store and new energy vehicle online platform Diandong.com. Traum Auto will, however, must have some physical presence close to its clients as it is still tied to regular servicing of combustion engines. 

Traum Auto has named Song Jia as its CEO and gained the skills of Benedek Toth as its designer. Benedek Toth worked as Senior Designer at Mercedes-Benz’s RDNA Advanced Design in California. Do you see the Mercedes connection in the Traum models rendered below? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

Traum Auto Models

Pictures: autoreview.ru

Be sure to check out our new presentation of all EVs since 2010 to gain great insights on all auto brands and their electric vehicle strategies. We have also created presentations per technology type BEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

Interested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the China switch and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

wattev2buy mobile app

Introducing Chinese electric car brands – Thunder Power

Introducing Chinese electric car brands – Thunder Power

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Thunder Power Holdings is a Hong Kong-based start-up hailing from Taiwan. The brand was officially launched on two occasions. The Asia Pacific brand launch was at the end of March 2017 in Hong Kong and included the signing of an agreement with the Catalan Government for the company’s European expansion. The second launch, this time for Mainland China, was held on the 23rd and 31st of May 2017 in Beijing and Shanghai.

Thunder Power have been developing EVs from 2011 and introduced its first concept vehicles, the Thunder Power Racer and Sedan in 2015 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Production of Thunder Power electric cars is anticipated for 2018 at its assembly plant in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province China. A 10,000 sq.m prototype manufacturing facility has already been completed in the first half of 2017 on the company’s 165-acre site. When completed the plant will have a capacity of 100,000 units per annum. The plant is a joint venture with the Guangzhou municipal investment fund, the GanNan Fund. The investment from the fund is around 2.5 billion yuan and is expected to drive a total investment of 7.5 billion yuan.

The Thunder Power EV strategy is to be a global player and includes a second plant in Catalonia, Spain, where it has already opened an R&D Center for an investment of €80 million. The plant is expected to be constructed to be ready for production by 2019.

Thunder Power won two awards for design at the 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, albeit only for its logo and stand design.

Thunder Power’s first production EV is based on its Sedan Concept. The top-end sedan, designed by Dallara in Italy, will have a range of 650km from a 125kWh battery. The entry level sedan will start with an 85kWh battery and 200kW electric motor. The 320kWh Racer has a top speed of 240km/h. Thunder Power uses NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) chemistry for its battery packs.

Thunder Power has opened orders for the sedan on its website. The Sedan is priced at around $72,000 (490,000 yuan).

thunder-power-logo

Click through to the Thunder Power’s page on wattEV2Buy to explore the past, present and future EV models by the Chinese automaker.

Stay tuned to wattEV2buy and follow the rest of our weekly series on Chinese EV brands.

wattev2buy mobile app

Top 4 countries who pay its citizens to go electric

Top 4 countries who pay its citizens to go electric

EV-facts-and-Myths

Used-ev-guide

electric car Mobile-App

EVs-in-China

It has become a trend in recent times for countries to incentivise their citizens to buy electric vehicles, some having more success than other in implementing such plans. One thing is certain, electric vehicles are here to stay. Thus we take a look at the countries who incentivise their citizens the best when it comes to buying EVs.

When compiling these rankings, we looked at specific criteria such as the how well the subsidiary plan is implemented, how well the plan promotes EV sales as well as the longevity of the plan. An honorable mention to America who did not make it onto our list because of recent political question marks surrounding their commitment to sustainable energy.

#4 – The United Kingdom 

The UK is not particularly known as the “greenest” country in the world, but this does not imply their unwillingness to move to a greener future. In the UK a person can get a grant towards the cost of a new electric car, van or motorcycle as long as it meets certain criteria.

Firstly the cost that is covered by the government includes the basic price of the vehicle, number plates, and vehicle excise duty but does not include delivery charges, first registration fee or any optional extras. According to the UK’s official website Gov.UK, citizens who buy an electric vehicle in 2017 could receive 35% of the cost of the car (up to a £4,500) depending on the model.

These vehicles are divided into categories:

[supsystic-tables id=192][supsystic-tables id=193]

In the short period, these initiatives have been implemented there has been a tremendous increase in the registration of electric vehicles in the UK.

Between 2011 and 2014 just over 25,000 electric vehicles had been sold in the UK, in the same amount of time (between 2014 and 2017) the number of units sold has increased by a factor of 4 (94,541 units by March 2017).

Electric vehicle owners are also exempt from paying the London congestion charge as of July 2013 which means EV owners in the UK are major winners compared to ICE (internal combustion engine) owners.

#3 – Germany:

Germany has joined the subsidy game later than other countries on this list, but their ambitious goals have cemented them into the third spot. At the beginning of 2016, Chancellor Merkel introduced a green car subsidy up to €5000 to boost BEV and plug-in hybrid sales.

This plan was implemented as of February 2016 and includes a 40% purchase subsidy paid by the German government which means private buyers would receive the full €5000 while corporate buyers would receive up to €3000. Incentives will decrease by €500 a year till the scheme has run its course. This scheme is planned to run until 2020, and the German government hopes to have 1 million electric vehicles on their roads by that time.

According to Nissan if from now on electric car sales double every year until 2020, it is possible to achieve the goals set out by the government.

The government has set aside 1 Billion euros to implement this scheme which shows their intent to make German roads green as quickly as possible. A total of €600 million (US$678 million) is reserved for the purchase subsidies, which are expected to run until all the money is disbursed, estimated until 2019 at the latest. Another €300 million (US$339 million) are budgeted to finance the deployment of charging stations in cities and on autobahn highway stops. And another €100 million (US$113 million) would go toward purchasing electric cars for federal government fleets. The program is aimed to promote the sale of 400,000 electric vehicles. The cost of the purchase incentive is shared equally between the government and automakers.

As of September 2016, BMW, Citroën, Daimler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, MitsubishiNissan, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo had signed up to participate in the scheme.

German EV sales sky-rocketed in the first four months of 2017, increasing 82% on 2016.

#2 – Canada

Canada has booked their place in the second spot on our list with their unique approach to subsidizing electric vehicles. Canada does not have a “one size fits all” scheme like Germany that is applied to the whole of the country. Instead, they leave it up to each province to set their regulations regarding subsidizing EVs, creating a competitive environment between provinces to reduce fuel emissions. So what does this mean for an average Canadian? If you buy an EV in Ontario, you will receive a $14000 rebate, but if you walk across the provincial border to Quebec, you will only get a $3000 rebate.

The government of Ontario has by far the best subsidiaries when it comes to EV’s up to $14,000 off the purchase of an electric car( You also get up to $1,000 off the purchase and installation of a home charging station). EV owners receive a green license plate that allows them to use high-occupancy vehicle/toll (HOV/HOT) lanes when driving alone. The amount each car receives is based on four factors: 1. battery size, 2. number of passengers, 3. vehicle price (including trim) and 4. terms of the lease.

[supsystic-tables id=194]

The government of Québec offers a rebate of up to $8,000 off the purchase of an electric car and 50% of the cost of buying and installing a charging station up to a maximum of $600. For more information, visit Government of Québec.

The government of British Columbia offers a rebate of up to $5,000 off a fully electric car and up to $2,500 off a plug-in hybrid electric car. For more information, visit Clean Energy Vehicles British Columbia.

#1 – Norway

Where can one start with this EV mecca, not only does Norway surpass each of the countries in EV’s per capita, they are actually in a class of their own. Just to put this into perspective, here is a chart depicting Norway’s concentration of plug-in electric cars per 1000 people:

[supsystic-table-diagram id=’149′]

In March 2014, Norway became the first country where over 1 in every 100 passenger cars on the road was a plug-in electric, and as of July 2016, there were 21.5 registered plug-in cars per 1,000 people. That’s 14.2 times higher than the U.S at that time.

Norway also holds the record for the highest-ever monthly market share for the plug-in electric passenger segment (achieved in January 2017) with 37.5% of new car sales. EV sales in the country have kept its momentum and powered ahead with Q1 2017 year-to-date increase of 20.03%.

How do they achieve these incredible records you ask? They aren’t even an EV-producing country. The answer is simple; the Norwegian government offers so many benefits to EV drivers that citizens would be foolish not to participate in this EV frenzy.

Norway EV registrations

In Norway, all electric cars and vans are exempt from non-recurring vehicle fees, including purchase taxes, and 25% VAT on the purchase, making the purchase price of EV’s competitive with conventional cars. Also, the government approved a tax reduction for plug-in hybrids starting in July 2013. The government’s initial goal of 50,000 pure electric vehicles on Norwegian roads was reached by late April 2015. The subsidiaries were so successful they decided to extend their program till 2017, local authorities also granted EV’s the right to park free of charge and use public transport lanes. They are also planning a National Transport Plan (NTP) which lays the foundation for all new cars, buses and light commercial vehicles to have zero emissions by 2025 (this includes all-electric and hydrogen vehicles).

As of March 2016, there were 7,632 electric charge points in the country. Oslo is the country with the most charging points with 1,996 charging stations, followed by Akershus with 1,117, and Hordaland with 932. The Norwegian charging infrastructure includes 293 CHAdeMO quick charging points and 194 fast charging points at Tesla Supercharger stations.

wattev2buy mobile app

Introducing Chinese electric car brands – GAC Motors

Introducing Chinese electric car brands – GAC Motors

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

The relatively young GAC Motors is one of China’s best-respected vehicle brands. The company has a defined EV strategy and will add three models to its EV fleet in 2017.

Guangzhou Automobile Group Topped the “2016 BEST CHINESE CAR BRAND” Customer satisfaction survey.

Guangzhou Automobile Group Co, Ltd. founded in 2005 has various Joint Ventures with large international auto manufacturers such as Toyota, Hino, and Honda. Wanxiang Group, a large auto-parts manufacturer, and owner of Karma Automotive, previously known as Fisker Automotive, is one of the founding shareholders.

GAC MOTOR established its New Energy division at the end of 2015. The division focused on developing its R&D and production to penetrate the growing Chinese market for EV’s. The New Energy strategy is supported by GAC Group’s “1513” new-energy development strategy which makes the development of an R & D platform, R & D of core technologies a key development direction for its products.

GAC has international ambitions and aims to establish sales and service networks in 14 countries, including North America, Africa, South and Eastern Europe and South East Asia. GAC has reaped the rewards of creating a world-class vehicle brand and sold more than 380,000 vehicles in 2016, compared to around 194,000 the previous year, and has achieved 80 percent compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2016. The company expects to sell 500,000 cars in 2017 and plans to produce 1 million cars in 2020. The Group targets 200,000 new energy vehicles in 2020 and meeting fuel consumption targets of 5.0L/100Km over its model range. In 2016 GAC Trumpchi delivered a total of 3,378 units of its GA5 PHEV model, an increase of 167% on 2015.

To support its strategy, Guangzhou Automobile Group passed two resolutions impacting EV development at its Board of Directors meeting on June 5th, 2017.

  1. It was resolved that a new company would be established for the Groups New Energy Vehicle (NEV) program. The company would be named GAC New Energy Automotive Co. Ltd. and would be capitalized to the tune of RMB 300m.
  2. It was further resolved to increase the GAC Motor’s capital with RMB 2.26b to expand its annual EV capacity of 200,000 units by 2020. GAC Motor is launching nine new Trumpchi models, of which three is NEV models, namely the GE3 BEV crossover, GS4 PHEV and GA6 PHEV.

GAC Motors are also pursuing other electric mobility solutions. In February 2016, Guangzhou Lixin Taxi Company owned by GAC Access launched more than 200 Levin twin-engine HEVs into Guangzhou taxi market. Also, GAC Group fully mobilizes the creativity of various business sectors and is actively devoted to new energy and energy conservation and environmental protection. GAC Motors and BYD established a JV in 2015 to co-operate in EV development. As a result, the company launched 400 pure electric buses produced by GAC BYD New Energy Bus Co., Ltd. into Guangzhou public transport system to provide services for citizens. The JV company is 51% owned by GAC and has a registered capital of 300m RMB.

Click through to the GAC Motors page on wattEV2Buy to explore the past, present and future EV models by the Chinese automaker.

Stay tuned to wattEV2buy and follow the rest of our weekly series on Chinese EV brands.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Renault gives second-life to EV batteries

Renault gives second-life to EV batteries

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Renault and Powervault, the UK-based energy storage system manufacturer, announced a partnership to re-use electric vehicle (EV) batteries in home energy storage units. The saving to Powervault will make its storage system 30% cheaper, allowing its home storage system to become a financially viable solution to households across the UK.

Electric vehicle batteries are typically used until it depletes 20% of its capacity, after which it needs to be replaced, leaving a healthy portion of battery left for static battery applications, which are less demanding on the technology than the harsher requirements of transport applications. Typically an EVs battery can handle between 2,000 and 5,000 cycles or more depending on which supplier and what cell chemistry is used in the battery. BAIC models, for instance, using a LiFePO4 (Lithium Phosphate) based battery, guarantee 2000 cycles while the first Chevrolet Volt’s listed 5000 cycles. The Chevrolet Volt, however, electronically limits that only 65% of the battery is made available to the car to protect the battery, so to compare apples to apples, it would be better to compare throughput as appose to cycles.

Renault has already sold over 100,000 electric vehicles between its Zoe, Twizy, Kangoo and Fluence models, of which 25,000 are older than four years. Renault’s EV business model includes leasing its batteries to customers. Extending the usage of its batteries through a second-life application will provide Renault with a better return on investment and hopefully in future bring down the price of batteries faster.

According to the press release, Powervault will place 50 units on trail at existing customers who already have the company’s solar panels installed. The trial will explore the technical performance of second life batteries as well as customer reaction to home energy storage to help develop a roll-out strategy for the mass-market. The trial will be run with eligible customers of M&S Energy, plus social housing tenants and schools in the South East.

The relatively high cost of Home Storage Systems has until recently made little financial sense, with payback periods from savings overshooting the useful life of the system. Bringing system cost down to an acceptable payback of between five and seven years is seen as the holy grail for system manufacturers and homeowners.

Other EV manufacturers have already pursued business plans for second life batteries in Battery Home Systems with or without Solar. In June 2016 Nissan and Eaton installed an Energy Storage Solution in France, created from “second life” Nissan Leaf batteries. Nissan installed the Energy Storage Solution at WEBaxys, a data center. In the same month, BMW announced that it would follow Daimler, Nissan, and Tesla in creating second life energy storage systems for residential and commercial use. Second life battery systems would not have the same warranties as new systems.

Extending the life of EV batteries will also result in lower recycling related cost and overall optimize the use of the battery. Second Life applications and applications such as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), where an EV owner sells power back to the grid, makes electric vehicles much more appealing and blows in the face of the technologies detractors.

Powervault-collage-wattev2buy

Interested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the switch to your preferred option and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

wattev2buy mobile app

VW and JAC create electric vehicle joint venture for China

VW and JAC create electric vehicle joint venture for China

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

On the 1st of June 2017, VW and JAC signed a joint venture agreement to develop mass market electric vehicles in China. The agreement received the political support of both the German and Chinese Governments as it was signed in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Although the agreement was negotiated over a period of time it is significant that it was signed on the same day that Donald Trump took the USA out of the climate accord agreed in Paris 2015 in a move alienating the USA from the rest of the world.

VW and JAC will each hold 50% in the JV enterprise to develop, produce and market electric vehicles and mobility services with a key focus on mass market EVs over a 25 year period. The JV has already received a production certificate for 100,000 units last week as required by new Chinese regulations created in 2016 to regulate the EV sector. The value of the prospective 100,000 unit plant is set at $740million. VW has been operating in China since 1984 through partnerships with FAW, SAIC, and JAC and plans to deliver 400,000 electric vehicles to the Chinese market in 2020 and 1.5 million electric vehicles in 2025 as part of its electric vehicle strategy, named “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”. It is planned that the new joint venture with JAC should produce its first jointly developed electric vehicle in 2018. The terms of the partnership according to a VW press release is as follows:

The agreement provides for the construction of a further factory as well as a research and development center. The joint venture also includes the development and production of components for new energy vehicles (NEV), the development of vehicle connectivity and automotive data services. In addition, it is intended that the joint venture should establish new used vehicle platforms and engage in all related business activities.

JAC Motors, China’s 10th largest auto manufacturer is a state-owned enterprise officially know as Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd and situated in Hefei, Anhui Province, close the larger Chery Auto. JAC Motors crafted its strategy for the electric vehicle segment, named “The Pure Electric Vehicle Development Plan” in 2002, making JAC an early mover in China and one of the most popular brands. In 2012 the company held the Top 1 position in China and thereby gaining the Top 3 place globally. At 2016 the company sold 22,000 new energy vehicles, bolstering it to showcase the largest range of electric vehicles at the Beijing Auto Show in 2015. JAC has also recently partnered with Carlos Sim to build vehicles in Mexico, taking advantage from Donald Trumps isolating policies there.Volkswagen Konzern und Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) streben gemeinsame Entwicklung von E-Fahrzeugen in China an

Interested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the China switch and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

wattev2buy mobile app

Blast from the past: SAAB is back, new NEVS 9-3 out in 2018

Blast from the past: SAAB is back, new NEVS 9-3 out in 2018

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

NEVS-9-3EV

In 2012 SAAB, the failed Swedish vehicle manufacturer was acquired by a group of Chinese shareholders and rebranded as NATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLES SWEDEN (NEVS). Now, five years later, the company is finally unveiling a concept if its much anticipated electric vehicle. NEVS had its fair share of troubles and ran into financial difficulty due to nonperforming partners. India‘s industrial giant, Mahindra and Mahindra owned a majority stake at some stage during the past five years as the company tried various financing structures.

Nonetheless, NEVS prevailed and is one of only fourteen EV manufacturers in China authorized to produce electric vehicles after receiving a production certificate for a 200,000 unit plant in January 2017. NEVS home city of Tianjin is a shareholder in the company through the municipal investment fund.

NEVS announced today that it will unveil a concept of the NEVS 9-3 EV at the upcoming CES Asia in Shanghai to be held from the 7th to 9th of June 2017 and that the production version is expected in 2018, a year later than expected. In 2016 NEVS announced that it sold 20,000 units to state aerospace company, Volinco over a three-year period starting from 2017. NEVS also announced in 2016 that it would supply 150,000 NEVS 9-3’s to Panda New Energy, a JV between go-cart producer Kandi Technologies and Geely.

NEVS also unveiled an SUV targeted at the fast growing segment in China, the NEVS 9-3X SUV Concept. Electric Vehicle watchers and consumers will be disappointed to notice that the shape and style of the NEVS 9-3 and 9-3X SUV changed very little from the earlier SAAB 9-3.

nevs timeline

NEVS further announced that it would introduce the NEVS 9-3 EV in a pilot program with the support of the Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area (THT) in its hometown. The pilot program offers car-sharing and ride-hailing solutions in Tianjin, a city with 15 million inhabitants. The users will get access to all NEVS 9-3 EV series, but the company did not say how many NEVS 9-3 vehicles would form part of the pilot, elaborate on how the pilot will work or when it will commence.

NEVS released the following features of the NEVS 9-3 series in in press release today:

  • The new NEVS 9-3 series offer a high level of smart technology to enhance the in-car experience, such as WiFi hotspot, over-the-air software updates and battery management by smart-phone.
  • The new NEVS 9-3 series also offers a world-class filter of cabin air, “Always Clean Air Cabin” (ACAC), with a filter efficiency up to 99%. It takes less than a minute to reduce the hazardous particle levels for PM 2.5 from 500 to 50 µg/m3.
  • The new NEVS 9-3 series are based on more than 70 years of Saab Automobile engineering experience. This is mirrored by the outstanding driving and riding experience through a low center of gravity with smart suspension geometry and tuning.
  • The Swedish heritage showed in both design, high safety, and quality standards.
  • The new NEVS 9-3 series has already passed through rigorous comfort, ride and handling testing and will be launched to the market during 2018.
  • There are already more than 150’000 9-3 vehicles ordered, from different Chinese companies
  • The fleet management portal makes it possible to track and diagnose cars on the road in the distance, which will significantly enhance both the drivers’ and passengers’ safety and health.
  • 300 km range
  • Prepared for mobility services:
    • Digital Car-key in smart-phone App
    • Fleet-Management Portal
    • Vehicle-control by smartphone
    • The new NEVS 9-3 series EVs will be built in NEVS’ China factories.

wattev2buy mobile app

China has only 14 legal EV brands, most as ugly as…

China has only 14 legal EV brands, most as ugly as…

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

In June 2016 the Chinese authorities embarked on a program to regulate the industry that saw over 200 companies planning to produce over 50 million cars a year. Initially, the Chinese Government announced that it would only provide ten manufacturers with permits to produce electric vehicles in a bid to ensure quality and reliability to the consumer. A year later, at the end of May 2017, 14 new energy vehicle manufacturers were awarded production certificates to develop electric vehicles, with no indication what the new limit on participants is. China leads the world in terms of the size of the electric vehicle market; one would expect that it would lead to the creation of great looking automobiles, the opposite has been the norm.

China’s electric car sector is known for its ugly models, most are either bad clones of other brands, such as the Tesla Model S clone the Youxia Ranger X, or old body types of Japanese or European models with a battery thrown in, such as the 2012 Suzuki SX4 rebadged as the 2017 SD EV Yinse. Currently, most Chinese vehicle manufacturers are bringing mid-to-low end models to production, competing with Western models such as the Tesla Model 3Chevrolet Bolt, Renault Zoe and the Nissan Leaf. A couple of Chinese manufacturers are following the Tesla model of starting with a luxury sedan or sports car and will, therefore, compete with the likes of the Rimac Concept One, Tesla Modle S or Porsche Mission-E.

Many Chinese automakers have addressed design challenges by opening design centers in Europe, mostly in Italy, world-renowned for design, especially automotive design. Some Chinese automakers own established Western brands such as Geely owning Volvo, SAIC Roewe buying MG, NEVS buying SAAB and Wanxiang buying Karma Automotive. One might, therefore, be forgiven to expect that world-class design principles would find its way into Chinese electric vehicle production. Unfortunately, the fusion between Western and Chinese design has yet to deliver eye-catching electric vehicles.

Authorized EV brands in China

With the greater oversight, one would have hoped to be wowed with only the best electric vehicles rising to the top and receiving the coveted production permits. Let’s look at the current Chinese automakers that have been granted production certificates and see what the Chinese consumer and the rest of the world can expect.

BAIC BJEV

The Chinese Government owned BAIC is one of the top-selling EV brands in China and is now into its second generation EV design with the BAIC E200, BAIC EC180, and BAIC EU260. BAIC has also created a stand-alone company for electric vehicles, BJEV and is expected to bring a new brand to light, called Arcfox. Unfortunately, BAIC’s design still looks very much like copies of other brands, take for instance the BAIC EU260 which looks very much like an older Mercedes C-Series.

BAIC-EU260-ev

Changjiang EV

Changjiang EV produces the eCool EV, also know as the FDG Yangtze EV. The company classifies the eCool as a mini-SIV, but in all honesty, it looks more like a hatchback. The eCool comes with 10-inch multi-touch HD screen providing an onboard interconnected experience and a mobile terminal. The vehicle achieved a 4-star C-NCAP measured at 50km/h impact. The hatchback comes in various funky colors, and customers can personalize their dash and seat covers, not that is does anything for the general look of the EV.

changjiang-Yangtze-EV

Qiantu Motor

CH-Auto Technology founded in 2010, the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer branded as Qiantu Qiche (前途汽车), meaning Future Auto in 2015. Qiantu aims to compete head-on with Tesla and unveiled the Qiantu K50 Event! as the first model in its arsenal to do so ( for all the language buffs, the ! is not a typo but part of the name). The K50 Event! is one of the more appealing Chinese EVs.

qiantu-k50-event

Chery New Energy

Chery Auto was honored with “Best Globalization Strategy for the year 2015” among Chinese Vehicle manufacturers. Chery is a leader in the EV sector with one of the first production cars as far back as 2008.The Chery QQ, first produced in 2015, remains one of the top 10 models in China. The QQ might be popular, but it is certainly not for its looks.

chery-eq1-ev 2018

Jiangsu Minan

The company was founded in 2011 and opened the Jiangsu MIN’AN Automotive Research Institute in October 2015 where it develops its new energy vehicles. Min’an Auto is set to unveil its first EV in 2018. Min’an has the intent to develop three models in 2018, an SUV, rendered below, a sports car and a neighborhood electric (NEV) delivery van. Min’an suffers from the same classification issues as Changjiang EV, trying to sell a hatchback as an SUV.

minan-sportscar-ev

Wanxiang Group (Karma Automotive)

Owned by Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang Group, who bought the remnants of Fisker Automotive in 2013. The company aims to manufacturer 900 Karma Revero’s in 2017. Waxiang Group was one of the first automakers to receive a production certificate allowing it to produce electric vehicles in 2016. The Karma Revero teaser below was released late 2016 and does not look a lot different than the Fisker Karma of 2012.

karma-revero

 

JMC EV

JMC created a new company to house its electric vehicle unit under in early 2015. The plant situated in Nanchang City has a planned production capacity of 70,000 units per year by 2020. JMC EV is planning to follow up on its first electric vehicle the E100 EV with four new models, the E200, E160, S330 SUV PHEV and E170. Th JMC E100 is one of the top 20 sellers in China. Both the E100 and E200 looks quite similar and follows the same boring lines as most of the small electric vehicles such as the Chery QQ and BAIC EC180.

JMC-S330-PHEV

Chongqing Jinkang

The Sokon owned company received its production certificate early 2017 which allows the company to produce 50,000 EVs annually. The company has not unveiled any vehicles but have secured Tesla Co-founder, Martin Eberhard, as a consultant and acquired US-based AC Propulsion at the end of 2016. Sokon developed small commercial vehicles in partnership with Dongfeng.

sokon-ec35-ldv-bev

NEVS

National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS), a Chinese-owned company, acquired the SAAB brand from bankruptcy in 2012. The company received a production permit for 200,000 units annually. The company has already signed an agreement to supply 20,000 SAAB 9-3 to Chinese Aerospace entity, Volinco. Disappointingly it seems that consumers will have to be content with getting another relic from the past as an option when it comes to buying a new EV in China.

nevs 9-3 ev concept

Yudo Auto

Yudo Auto electric vehicles strategy is to produce affordable pure electric SUVs and aims to be a first-class brand in 5 years and international presence in 10 years. Yudo chose the words “creating for change” as its tagline and opened a Design Center in Milan, Italy. The company unveiled two small SUVs at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2017 as part of its Gemini strategy. The Yudo Pi1 base model looks like a bad knockoff of the VW Tiguan, and the flagship Yudo Pi3 reminds of a Landrover Freelander of the 90’s. Let’s hope there is more “creating for change” down the line.

yudo-pi-1-ev

Know Beans / Zhi Dou

Know Beans (Zhi Dou), a Geely company, and yes that’s the brand’s name, develops the popular ZD D2 mini-car which is also sold under the Zotye label as the Zotye E20. The D2, produced since 205, is also a top 20 electric vehicle in China. You just know, when you look at the D2, that it hails from China. I don’t know what is worse, the brand name or the vehicle, enough said.

zhidou d3 ev

SD EV

Henan Suda EV, also know as SD EV received permission to develop a 100,000 EV plant. SD EV offers one of this ‘Back to the Future’ opportunities, where you can buy a vehicle from 2012 as a brand new model in 2017. SD EV has two EV models ready for production. The vehicles are based on Suzuki SX4 sedan and hatch. The word Suda means to ‘Speed Up’ in Chinese while the Henan refers to the company’s home province.

suda-hatch-ev

Hozon Auto

Hozon received an electric vehicle production certificate allowing it to produce 50,000 units per annum. Hozon unveiled its first concept vehicle, a compact crossover named @, at the 3rd World Internet Conference in November 2016. The Hozon logo looks surprisingly similar than that of Mercedes, and the rendering of the marketing material looks like that of an old generation Buick Lacrosse, while the @ like a Tesla Model X.

hozon-auto-at-ev

GreenWheel

GreenWheel received approval to develop a 50,000 unit plant. The company is better known for developing Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV). Now that GreenWheel has qualified for EV production it aims to start production of the small crossover, named the V5, which is an electric version of the Weichai Enranger G3.

greenwheel-v5

JAC

JAC and VW entered into a JV to produce 100,000 EVs per annum in May 2017 and became the 15th and last company to receive a permit in this round of permitting.

jac-iev-A50-EV

 

For too long the stereotype Chinese manufacturer has been known for copying rather than innovating. It is therefore disappointing to see that most of the authorized EV producers are still developing cars based on old combustion vehicles. The failure of the permitting process to identify and authorize truly innovative companies to ensure a sustainable and dominant Chinese EV sector will be negative for the whole EV sector, we need companies such as Tesla, testing the boundaries set by traditional auto manufacturers.

At the end of the day, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I would love to hear your comments on the state of China’s electric vehicle design in the comment section below.

Interested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the China switch and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

China halting development of new combustion plants

China halting development of new combustion plants

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

China halting development of new combustion plants

Recently the Chinese Government embarked on a program to clean up the electric vehicle sector which has been negatively impacted a confluence of companies rushing to produce electric vehicles lead to subsidy fraud and sub-standard products. At some point in 2016 over 200 companies had business plans to profit from the Chinese Government’s aggressive program to establish a dominant electric vehicle sector. A large number of the business operating in the sector had no previous experience in producing cars, among them were IT and Social Media companies such as Tencent (Future Mobility and Tesla), Baidu / BitAuto (NextEV) and LeEco (Faraday Future). The Chinese authorities became concerned that the unregulated development of the sector could lead to an oversupply of vehicles as the total planned capacity from the 200 companies reached over 50 million units annually, ultimately negatively impacting the sustainability of its program. At the end of 2016, the government closed or fined various manufacturers who were caught taking advantage of the subsidies to promote the adoption of electric vehicles. Further measures to regulate the industry included:

  • creating a list of battery manufacturers that are allowed to operate and supply technology to its electric vehicle sector,
  • regulating which automakers are allowed to produce electric vehicles in China through the issue of production certificates by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and
  • setting Electric Vehicle Management and Evaluation Rules through the Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Center.

 

Other adjustments were made to entry applications in the auto sector by requiring joint ventures with foreign automakers, such as Denza, to be approved by the investment department of the State Council, local manufacturers need approval from the relative provincial government. The State Council indicated that in principal new capacity to combustion plants should be capped effectively halting development of new combustion plants.

At the time of publication, only fourteen companies have so far received production certificates for new energy vehicles, the last being Guangdong GreenWheel Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd which received approval to develop a 50,000 unit plant in Mingcheng Industrial Park. Greenwheel indicated that the plant would be developed at a cost of $267 million ( RMB 1.783b ). To successfully apply for a production certificate, the applicant needs to convince the authorities that it can research and develop key technologies such as powertrains. The other companies with development certificates are BAIC BJEV, Changjiang EV, Qiantu Motor, Chery New Energy, Jiangsu Minan, Wanxiang Group (Karma Automotive), JMC EV, Chongqing Jinkang, NEVS, Yudo Auto, Know Beans, SD EV, and Hozon Auto.

Up to now Chinese auto manufacturers provided very sketchy specifications on the electric range of their models, mostly indicating how far the vehicle can travel at a constant speed of 60km/h. To protect and assist the consumer the Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Center for the first time introduced an EV Test through the issue of the Chinese First Electric Vehicle Management and Evaluation Rules. The first classification process should be completed in the second half of 2017. The classification would be done by a five-star rating focusing on the following key performance areas:

  • Power consumption,
  • Battery life,
  • Charging,
  • Safety, and
  • Performance.

The Chinese Government aggressive EV strategy targets the sale of 800,000 electric vehicles in 2017, increasing sales to two million units per annum by 2020. The top ten automakers, including FAW, Dongfeng Fengshen, Chana, SAIC, GAC Trumpchi, and Great Wall finalized production plans to produce over 4 million units by 2020 at a planned investment of $12 billion (RMB 80 billion ).

Interested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the China switch and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

wattev2buy mobile app

German EV sales up 82% year to date April 2017

German EV sales up 82% year to date April 2017

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

German ev-sales-april-graph

The pace of German electric vehicle sales just keeps on accelerating as the country’s April EV sales jumped 119% compared to the previous April, bringing the year-to-date increase to 82%, up from 77% in March. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) maintained a slight lead over Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) with 6,843 units sold vs. 6,728. Plug-in Hybrids were, however, the leading technology for the month of April with wattev2buy-german-ev-sales-april-17-brands-1,953 units sold vs. 1,587.

The Top EV brand in Germany is BMW, taking the crown from VW. The BMW i3, which kept on to its second position overall and the BMW 225xe Active Tourer accounted for nearly 80% of the German automaker’s total sales. Significant of the BMW i3 sales is that the consumer is shifting away from the i3 REx range extended PHEV, last years preferred variant, to the pure electric version. The ratio in 2016 was 474 i3 REx to 216 i3 BEV vs. 897 BEV to 551 REx now. The shift towards the pure electric version is an indication that consumers are getting more comfortable with the technology and that range anxiety is becoming less of a deterrent. Surprising is that Nissan lost a lot of ground in Germany, this was due to the fall in Nissan Leaf sales. The popular, yet dated Leaf, has been able to hold its commanding position in most other markets, so we have to ask the question if Germany is a sign of what’s to come. Nissan teased some pictures of the new Leaf, expected in 2018 this week. The VW brand was one of the other losers for the year-to-date, mostly due to falling Volkswagen Golf GTE and e-Golf sales. The new Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 was the most popular car in February and March but lost ground in April to the BMW i3, Audi A3, and Mitsubishi Outlander.

Smaller and cheaper models remained the top performers in Germany, but new models such as the Opel Ampera-e (rebadged Chevrolet Bolt), Hyundai Ionic and Mini Countryman SE ALL4 has yet to perform. In the luxury segment, Mercedes-Benz outsold Volvo, BMW, and Audi. Tesla remained the best performer in the luxury segment, maintaining its position, owning 10% of the total electric vehicle market in the country. The Toyota Prius, a top performer over the last couple of months in the USA and Japanese markets, is not yet available in the German market and it is unclear if it will be available here.

At this rate, Germany is expected to surpass its 2016 record with about four months to spare, a great achievement for the electric vehicle sector, boding well for global EV sales in 2017.

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts on the German EV market and available models.

 

wattev2buy german ev sales april 2017 ytd

wattev2buy mobile app

Mercedes Benz announces competitive pricing for SmartED in the USA

Mercedes Benz announces competitive pricing for SmartED in the USA

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

In February 2017 Mercedes-Benz USA announced that Daimler would stop selling combustion based Smart ForFour and ForTwo models in the USA and Canada and only focus on electric models. Today Mercedes-Benz announced the pricing for the 2017 Smart Fortwo electric drive coupe and Cabrio to be released in the summer for the US market.

The new pricing for the iconic city electric vehicle will start at only $23,800 and $28,000 for the Cabrio. Pricing excludes federal and state tax incentives, levies, and a $750 destination and delivery charge. The competitive pricing is a clear indication of the downward spiral of electric vehicle cost that will soon see the technology compete on an even keel with combustion engines. The new SmartED price is $1,200 lower than the 2016 model, and it includes an improved 7kW onboard charger as opposed to only 3.3kW for the previous model. The battery capacity remains the same at 17.6kWh, but Mercedes improved the range estimation from 68 miles to between 70 and 80 miles on a full charge as a result of a change in the battery design, which now has 96 cells as opposed to 93. Charging time has also decreased due to the improved charging system. It will now only tale 2.5 hours tp charge the vehicle to 80% and 3 hours for a full charge as opposed to 6 hours for a full charge.

Mercedes replaced the liquid-cooled permanent- magnet synchronous electric motor with an air-cooled three-phase synchronous electric motor producing 80hp and 118 lb-ft torque resulting in an improved top speed of 81mph up from 78mph.

The SmartED is offered in three trims, pure, passion and prime trims (pure n/a on Cabrio), the electric drive features new value-added packages and options, including an exclusive Electric Green Tridion cell color and optionally available Climate Package, which includes heated seats, a heated steering wheel and provides additional insulation for climate control, comfort, and efficiency. The new design of the vehicle made a huge impact on the turning radius of the SmartED, which now sports a turning radius of only 22.8ft, down from 28.7ft.

smartED 2017

 

 

wattev2buy mobile app

Now you can buy your own DIY self-driving car!

Now you can buy your own DIY self-driving car!

The recent GM acquisition, OSVehicle, today unveiled the EDIT DIY self-driving car significantly lowering the barriers to entry for start-ups to develop autonomous vehicles. GM acquired OSVehicle in March 2017 for $1.1 billion in a bid to develop a self-driving “Vehicle-as-a -Service” (VaaS). OSVehicle had its debut at Y-Combinator in Silicon Valley where it introduced the TABBY EVO exposing the OSVehicle team to many conversations which they incorporated in the development of the EDIT. 

Being 100% modular allows companies to repair, replace and adapt different components resulting a tenfold longer product lifetime, lower total cost of ownership and recyclability. Companies can also upgrade the connected car & self-driving modules as technology improves over time without discarding still viable components. EDITs modular technology allows you to easily embed several autonomous driving technologies from level 0 to 5 or add your own self-driving code and custom hardware stack of lidars, sensors, CPUs, etc.

EDITs friendly shape, which easily transformable according to the needs of the customer that could help the transition towards a different layout of the autonomous driving cars of the future. Being modular makes the EDIT easy to repair and upgrade, disrupting many sectors as we transition faster to a zero emission and zero fatality mobility. The body is divided into five primary parts, four molds (front, rear, roof and double symmetrical door), optimizing production and decreasing costs. The interior can provide different settings depending on the level of autonomous driving. In a level 5 version, there is a “vis a vis” seating layout with a comfortable table in the central area without steering wheel where you can work while commuting.

Barriers to entry as a result of cost and time to develop exclude many great start-ups and ideas from the self-driving sector. EDIT is a ready-to-use technology that saves years of R&D and millions of dollars. There is no need to reinvent the wheel for startups that are struggling with reverse engineering and to cost-effectively integrate the newest technology into the closed design of cars already in the market. EDIT allows start-ups to employ a “lean and distributed” manufacturing principle thereby avoiding huge investments in factories resulting in a reduction of more than 80% in initial costs. OSVehicle claims its IKEA like approach saves up to 70% of logistic costs and hacks import taxes by shipping ‘EDIT’ in components as opposed to complete vehicles. OSVehicle uses the example of Nepal where import duty on assembled vehicles is 238% compared to 3% for ‘EDIT  components. OSVehicle did not provide any other guidance on the cost of the EDIT.

The disruption caused by the first ever ready-to-use Self-Driving EV will be felt in various sectors, including:

  • Ride and Car Sharing fleets don’t last more than two years due to heavy use. Vehicles that are modular, customizable and upgradeable prevent obsolescence, extending the life of a vehicle up to 20 years;
  • EDIT can be efficiently customized with heating and cooling components, disrupting commercial applications such as the Food Delivery Services;
  • Self-Driving Vehicle start-ups struggle with reverse engineering and to cost-effectively integrate new technology into the closed design of the traditional car. By adding non-integratable hardware to existing production vehicles, the interior and exterior designs of these vehicles could seem compromised. ‘EDIT’ is a production vehicle, future-proofed and designed specifically to be modular and always upgradeable.

EDIT is a white label platform for branding purposes whereby a brand can customize the exterior body and interior, still keeping the road legal certification. By being a Vehicle-as-a-Service solution companies can use EDIT to quickly deliver models tailored for each service and country. OSVehicle states that with the rise of food delivery, ride and car sharing, vehicles should focus on the service brand and its needs, not the car brand.

‘EDIT’ is designed in Italy by the OSVehicle team in collaboration with the design company Camal. EDITs design is compliant with European, US, and Asian safety regulations.

If you are only a hobbyist or ultra lean start-up wanting to build a self-driving car and find that the cost of EDIT is still too high, follow our advice in the earlier post. Just buy the OSVehicle TABBY EVO from as little as $12,000 and add to that George Hotz’s self-driving car kit which he plans to market through his company comma.ai at a price of $1,000.

The future is already here. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the EDIT DIY autonomous vehicle with the community in the comment section below or the OSVehicle forum on our app, that is if you have swiped right to “like” the EV.

vaas-EDIT_Self_Driving_Car_modular_exterior_OSVehicle
vaas-EDIT_Self_Driving_Car_modular_exterior_OSVehicle
vaas-EDIT_Self_Driving_Car_modular_exterior_OSVehicle

TOOLS TO COMPARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES

We have designed some cool tools to compare electric vehicles. Our tools include a mobile app, charging cost calculator and EV selector. Use wattEV2Buy’s proprietary tools to find the ideal EV for your requirements and determine the cost of charging EVs.

Elextra Cars lifts the lid on its electric supercar

Elextra Cars lifts the lid on its electric supercar

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Elextra Cars lifted the lid on its electric supercar some more today. The start-up first announced the creation of the Elextra electric car at the end of February 2017. The Swiss automaker today unveiled a new website with clearer renderings of the electric vehicle and more detail on the performance and specifications of the EV. Robert Palm, the designer of the Elextra supercar and CEO of Classic Factory, informed wattEV2Buy that the price should be in the region of $400k to $500k. The start-up also invited potential investors to approach it.

Producing on demand may be a potential route for the company to bring the car to production. It is common practice for manufacturers of limited release vehicles to build a vehicle on demand. Earlier this year the start-up brand NIO announced it would produce sixteen NIO EP9 supercars on demand at a price tag of $1.48million. The practice of assembling electric vehicles on demand is not just limited to start-ups, Audi will also build you an Audi R8 e-tron on demand.

Robert Palm, the Swiss designer of the design company, Classic Factory, and Danish entrepreneur Poul Sohl were the founders of Elextra Cars, Poul Sohl is however not involved with the venture anymore. The Elextra supercar is a four seat four door 4-WD electric vehicle to be built in Stuttgart Germany. Elextra Cars only plan to build around 100 units. The Elextra Cars electric vehicle is expected to accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in less than 2.3 seconds (0 – 62mph).

The body of the Elextra supercar is completely crafted from carbon fiber. A lightweight carbon fiber shell is placed on a stiff and extremely strong carbon fiber tub, resulting in a weight reduction of around 25% compared to an aluminum body.

The drivetrain of the Elextra EV consists of a dual motor which provides an improvement over an AWD system. To provide traction for the powerful motors, generating a maximum combined power of 680hp, the torque is electronically disbursed to the front and rear wheels of the Elextra car. The top speed of the Elextra electric car is governed to 250 km/h. We can assume that the battery capacity is around 100kWh as Elextra did not provide details on the battery size or chemistry. The Swiss automaker indicated that the electric supercar could achieve a range of 600km (375miles) at a constant speed of 100km/h (62.5mph), which should be the most boring 600km of your life in a supercar of this nature.

The Elextra will compete with other exclusive vehicles such as the Rimac Concept One and Toroidion 1MW.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the Elextra supercar with the community in the comment section below or the Elextra Car forum on our app, that is if you have swiped right to “like” the EV.

elextra-electric-vehicle

elextra-electric-vehicle

elextra-electric-vehicle

wattev2buy mobile app

Top 10 EV Countries Q1 EV sales – USA beats China

Top 10 EV Countries Q1 EV sales – USA beats China

EV-facts-and-Myths

Used-ev-guide

electric car Mobile-App

EVs-in-China

Now that all the Q1 data is in we can do a detailed dissection of the hottest quarter in EV history in which nearly 200,000 electric vehicles was sold. The headline data is that nearly 180,000 EVs were sold in the top 10 EV countries. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) wattev2buy top 10 ev countiresoutperformed Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) by a long shot. A total of just over 106,000 BEVs were sold while only around 70,000 PHEVs moved off the dealership floor in the top 10 countries.

One of the standout data points is USA EV sales which overtook China as the best market for electric vehicles in Q1, making the USA the top EV country in Q1. The worst performer was The Netherlands, who fell out of the top 10. The Netherlands disappointing performance over the last couple of quarters does not bode well for the European country was seen, next to Norway, as one of the proponents of the technology. Only last year still did the Dutch Government contemplated a goal to be 100% electric by the middle of the next decade. It is unclear what caused the drop in EV sales in the Netherlands.

When comparing this quarter’s EV sales by country to their respective totals for 2016 one can see that the pace of EV sales picked up in most. If one should expect that by the end of Q1 EV sales should equate to roughly 25% of 2016, it is only China and The Netherlands that are underperforming. Chinese EV sales have lagged in January due to technical factors including a clampdown on EV subsidy fraud and the annual Chinese holiday, in which most industries shut down. Chinese EV sales have picked up the pace in the following months and the quarter still ended up 30% over the same period of the previous year. It can be concluded that EV sales for the first quarter in China are historically weak and Q1 2017’s performance is by now way an indication of a trend. Furthermore, the Chinese Government last week announced a plan to dominate the electric vehicle sector which should help the country to regain its stature. Japan, on the other hand, has picked up the strongest pace and has already achieved EV sales equal to 59% of its total 2016 sales. The Japanese EV market has the least variety of EV models available to consumers, and it is anticipated that the introduction of more models will stimulate the market further. Germany is the second best performer helped by a 77% improvement in EV sales on a year-to-year basis.

The top EV brand in the Top 10 EV Countries is Tesla for the second year running. Tesla announced in its April trading update that it sold just over 25,000 Models S and X globally. It is important to note that the figure repoQ1-2017-brands-wattev2buy-top-10-ev-countriesrted includes vehicles being shipped, while country sales data shows vehicles registered. Toyota is back in the Top 10 list of EV brands on the back of a well-received new Toyota Prius. Chevrolet did not shoot the lights out with its new mass-market EV, the Chevrolet Bolt / Opel Ampera-e. Most of GM’s sales came from the Chevrolet Volt PHEV. The company is criticized for producing a limited amount of the Bolt and is being labeled as a compliance company for that, a term used for auto manufacturers that only sell EVs in Zero Emission states to gain credits. The big losers included VW, BYD, and Mitsubishi. BYD has been the Top EV manufacturer for 2015 and 2016 globally and was at the number three position for most EVs sold since the start of the decade. Competition from the likes of BAIC and SAIC is the main reason for the companies bad performance. Up til 2016, BYD had the advantage of being first to market, but some new models that can compete on performance and quality with BYD entered the market since 2016. (This sentence could very well be used for Tesla in a couple of years). Mitsubishi fell a staggering ten places as the company has not updated its popular Outlander PHEV or introduced new models as a replacement.

The Top 10 EV models are still lead by the Nissan Leaf, a phenomenal performance by the 7-year-old EV. The Toyota Prius replaced the Tesla Model S in the top two while the Tesla Model X performed the best of the 2016 Top 10 cohort. Newcomers Chevrolet Bolt, BAIC E-180, and the Toyota Prius replaced the BYD e6, BYD Tang and Mitsubishi Outlander in the Top 10 EV models list for Q1.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts on the EV market.

 

Q1-2017-models-wattev2buy-top-10-ev-countries

Note on data: The detailed data above does not include the UK, who keeps their EV data more secret than Donald Trump does classified information.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

The race for self-driving taxis in the USA is on

The race for self-driving taxis in the USA is on

electric car information wattev2buy

wattev2buy mobile app

electric vehicle information wattev2buy

A slew of self-driving pilot programs has been announced recently, the latest being Delphi. The auto parts company previously owned by GM announced that it would roll out self-driving taxis in the USA this year. Delphi is already piloting a program in Singapore where it pilots an Audi SQ5, kitted with 26 sensors. The pilot would be extended to three vehicles in June and is done in conjunction with the Singapore government where the company hopes to have operating taxi service within three years. According to Automotive News it is anticipated that Delphi will host the US pilot in either Pittsburg or Boston and that services would commence in September 2017.

Delphi’s pilot program allows passengers to see what the cars “brain” sees on a tablet, which it calls its “comfort cam”, soothing first-time users of the service. Already speculation is rife that Intel, which just last month paid a staggering $15 billion for Isreali autonomous tech company, Mobileye, would acquire Delphi. The three companies are already integrating their technologies to provide autonomous systems for car manufacturers, as soon as 2019.

Delphi would extend the pilot to Europe in the 3rd quarter and will switch its test vehicles to an undefined electric vehicle by 2018. The regulatory environment for public testing eased last week as Germany passed a law allowing for the public testing of autonomous vehicles.

Competitors, Lyft and Waymo also signed a partnership agreement this week. Waymo, previously know as Google’s self-driving program is already piloting Chrysler Minivans and Lexuses in Phoenix. The company last month invited people living in South East Phoenix to apply for the program, allowing the participant to hail a ride via a mobile app for local trips. Already as much as 10,000 such rides have been completed by Google staff.  Waymo announced in April that it would increase its autonomous fleet from 100 to 600 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. It is no surprise that Waymo did not partner with Uber since Waymo claims that Uber stole some of its technology in an ongoing court case between the two companies. Reuters reported that according to Lyft the transaction is not exclusive, leaving the door open for other partnerships such as Lyft’s shareholder GM.

GM paid $500 million last year for a stake in the USAs number two ride-sharing company; the automaker also acquired Cruise Automation to spearhead its autonomous vehicle strategy. GM is very aggressive in the autonomous space, trying to carve out a lead to make up for ground lost to newcomers such as Tesla. GM is spending vast amounts of money to this end, for instance paying $1.1 billion to acquire its second Y Incubator company, the Italian based OSVehicle, to develop a self-driving “Vehicle-as-a -Service” (VaaS) platform. GM’s efforts are seeming to pay off as the respected research firm, Navigant, recently ranked it and Ford at the top of the self-driving leaderboard.

Companies like Delphi, Intel, and Nvidia, are hoping to sell their driverless systems to automakers in what is expected to be a market of around $100 billion within the next couple of years. BMW last week unveiled 40 BMW 7-series equipped with Intel’s driverless technology. The test, using the specially converted autonomous 7-Series is part of the German company’s project that will see 155 million test miles driven. Nvidia, an early front-runner in the self-driving tech space lat week, announced that Toyota would use its autonomous microchip built on Nvidia’s artificial intelligence platform called Drive PX. Both Daimler and Audi have already partnered with Nvidia on its Drive PX system.

Precursors to larger ride sharing and hailing services would be regulation, computing infrastructure, and connectivity. Governments would have to enact regulation to allow driverless cars while processing power and data centers need to be increased many fold to accommodate driverless technology. So also is 5G connection a requirement, daily use of an average self-driving car would be four terabytes of data.

In February we provided a summary of the disengagement reports by companies doing public testing on Californias’ roads. Only 10 of the permitted 20 companies filed reports, this number would definitely increase in 2017 judging from all the pilots announced recently. The pilot programs currently in action are mostly for level three and four autonomy and are expected to be commercially available from 2020 onwards. Even though it is expected that the Tesla 2018 models would have level five compliant hardware installed full autonomy is only expected in the latter half of the next decade.

The video by BMW below provides a short overview of the different autonomous driving levels.

 

wattev2buy mobile app

The Daimler EV strategy trumps BMW

The Daimler EV strategy trumps BMW

electric car information wattev2buy

wattev2buy mobile app

electric vehicle information wattev2buy

By unpacking press statements from the world’s top luxury carmakers, BMW and Daimler, over the last eight months it is clear that the Daimler EV strategy will trump that of BMW over the next decade. Up to now, BMW has led the race between the two companies in the EV sector, but the German automaker is failing to capitalize on its position. BMW was first to market with a pure electric vehicle, the BMW i3, which success even surprised itself. This week BMW released its sales data for the first quarter 2017, showing that EVs now constitute 3% of its total sales as EV sales jumped 50%. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Harald Kruger was quoted saying “We are therefore well on course to delivering more than 100,000 electrified vehicles for the first time in 2017”. The news from the top seems very bullish on face-value but therein lies the problem. BMWs management has been flip-flopping on finding a consensus view on where they see electric vehicles in the future. This week’s news from BMW is in stark contrast from news only six months earlier when the Board grappled with if it should pursue EVs at all.

In September 2016 Reuters reported that the executive of BMW would not attend the 2016 Paris Auto Show as it grappled with its electric car strategy. At the time the company lost momentum against Mercedes and VW who is chasing Tesla. The lack of momentum caused the head of the BMW i8 project to jump ship to Future Mobility, taking most of the core team with him. The executive team remained split on the future of electric vehicles and investing in what is initially a loss making exercise. The top executive team traditionally attend the Paris Auto Show, which is one of the most prestigious events in the industry, highlighting the significance of the board’s action.

The pro-EV block prevailed but despite BMW reaffirming its strategy to pursue the development of electric vehicles the company remained downbeat on the sector. BMW’s Chief Financial Officer, Frederick Eichner, was quoted by Bloomberg saying “We’ve learned that people aren’t prepared to pay a higher price for an electric vehicle. I don’t see some kind of disruptive element coming from electric cars that would prompt sales to go up quickly in the next five to six years.” So its seems that BMW changed its wait-and-see approach to a go-it-slow approach and remained cautious when it came to investing aggressively in the new technology. Where at first the company was a leader in developing the new proprietary technology it now joined most of the other laggards in producing PHEV variants of existing models, with no clarity on when BEV models will be available and how many.

In early March 2017, Mr. Harald Krüger was quoted by Reuters as saying “The fully electric drivetrain will be integrated into our core brands. To achieve this, we are now gearing our architectures toward combustion engines and pure battery electric drivetrains,” as the company plans to include EV manufacturing in its mass production line. Currently, the company’s electric vehicles are assembled at its low-volume plant in Leipzig. BMW will also expand the capacity of its PHEV drivetrain plant in Thailand and fund the cost of the investment in its electric vehicle infrastructure through a production increase in its profitable SUV segment. To ramp up production to meet expected demand for the new Mini Countryman PHEV the company is considering manufacturing facilities for the Mini in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. The company also announced that it would start producing its iNext autonomous brand at its Dingolfing plant form 2021. Other models expected from the German automaker is the i8 Roadster PHEV (2018), a BEV Mini (2019), and a BEV X3 (2020). BMW‘s long-term electric vehicle strategy is to have EV’s contribute to between 15% and 25% of its sales by 2025.

Daimler, on the other hand, had the foresight at the start of the cycle to be an early investor in Tesla. The company invested $50 million in the Series E round in May 2009, and have been hailed by Elon Musk for saving the company from bankruptcy in the early years. Unfortunately, Daimler failed to follow the same daring approach it invested in in its own business model and fell behind BMW and Tesla.

Daimler’s passive stance changed in July 2016 when its CEO, Dieter Zetsche acknowledged the technology’s importance and expected an increase in EVs market share of the total vehicle market. The German automaker shifted its strategy to accelerate its efforts to stay abreast of its competitors, Tesla and BMW‘s push to ramp up production in the luxury electric vehicle segment. Within a short space of time, the company announced a massive $11Bln investment to support its electric vehicle strategy up to 2025, unveiled its new all-electric car brand, the EQ (Electric Intelligence) and unveiled a fully electric semi-truck. The EQ brand will develop a host of EV related services and products, not just cars, such as charging stations and battery packs. The first vehicle to come from the brand is targeted at the highly popular SUV segment, a clever move to differentiate the brand in this hotly contested sector. The EQ SUV is said to have a battery capacity of 70kWh providing a range of over 250miles powering two electric motors providing 300kW of power. The production version is expected to be launched in 2018.

In early April 2017 Daimler announced that it would accelerate its $11 billion investment in electric vehicles by bringing it forward with three years from 2025, to 2022. Reuters reported that the automaker’s aggressive stance are the result of it not being able to cut fleet emissions of 123gm CO2/km from 2015 to 2016 in Europe. Europe has set a very stringent target of 95gm CO2/km by 2020. Daimler’s own target for 2020 is 100gm CO2. The German automaker cites the popularity of SUV’s as the reason for it not cutting its emissions for the first time since 2007. Daimler’s success in the SUV segment helped it to regain its dominance over archrival BMW for the first time since 2005.

In May 2017 Automotive News interviewed Mercedes-Benz head of production and supply chain management, Markus Schaefer.  When asked how the company is preparing to assemble the EQ brand Mr. Schaefer responded – “We believe the EQ family will represent 15 to 25 percent of our sales in 2025, but at the end of the day, no one can say with certainty how high the share will be. Therefore, we need maximum flexibility, meaning we will integrate the EQ models into the same assembly line as the combustion engine models they will potentially replace. Preparations are on schedule, so our plants should be capable of operating at stable output levels whatever the EV take rates may be. But in order to facilitate this greater flexibility, we also had to adapt our manufacturing.” The capacity to mass produce EVs efficiently through the full-flex plant manufacturing strategy is set to help the company recover the massive investment it will make to get ahead in the EV sector.

Daimler is also investing heavily in charging infrastructure in Europe to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles. The final proof of Daimler’s strategy will be the early release of a full electric SUV. 2018 is certainly going to be an exciting year for the electric vehicle market.

daimler ev strategy

Note to data: The BMW i3 is listed as a BEV but includes sales for the BMW i3REx, a range-extended vehicle, a PHEV.

Interested in learning more about electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, set your daily commute distance and price range, swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

LATEST IN DEPTH COUNTRY EV SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

wattev2buy mobile app

Be warned Big Auto, the China EV strategy is to dominate!

Be warned Big Auto, the China EV strategy is to dominate!

electric car information wattev2buy

wattev2buy mobile app

electric vehicle information wattev2buy

The Chinese Government released its long-term development plan for the automotive sector on the 25th of April 2017, setting out the China EV strategy. The plan, presented by the Ministries of Science and Technology and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in conjunction with National Development and Reform Commission, sets out how the country will ramp up the local EV sector and dominate the world market.

If successful the Chinese auto sector can leapfrog the dominance of the big auto companies, such as Toyota, VWBMW, Daimler, Ford, and GM. Big Auto has missed the boat on electric vehicles and therefore continue to downplay the technology as only a niche sector. Management boards of big auto companies are flip-flopping strategy as they try and come to grips with how to enter the market and to what extent they should invest in research in technology. BMW last week announced that EVs constituted 3% of its total sales for the first quarter of 2017 after a jump in EV sales of 50% (Top 5 EV News Week 18). With the release of the data, the company set out how it will introduce more models. The news from BMW is in stark contrast from news only six months earlier when the Board grappled with if it should pursue EVs at all (Top 5 EV News Week 49 USA-Top-10-BEV-All-time wattev2buy2016). In the USA we have recently seen how newcomer Tesla is valued above Ford and GM by investors. The response by Big Auto and other detractors of EVs was that this is a temporary phenomenon, arguing that Tesla hardly produces one tenth of the vehicles any of the top brands does. If one look at total sales of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), it seems investors on the other hand value companies on their future ability to produce electric vehicles. If the same apply for Chinese brands, we can very quickly expect a Chinese brand to ascend the list of top auto brands.

 

According to the plan by the Chinese Government, it set a short-term target of EV sales of 2 million units locally by 2020 and at the same time elevate Chinese auto brands to be seen amongst the top ten electric vehicle brands globally. The medium term target is that EVs contribute 20% of the total annual fleet by 2025, which is a huge amount of cars. Measuring the movement in sales by brand in the table below we can already see the top Chinese EV brands, BAIC, SAIC, Geely Zhidou and JMC moving higher and two brands, BAIC and BYD in the top ten list for the first quarter 2017. Other evidence of Chinese companies investing heavily in the sector includes Chinese IT company, Tencent acquiring a significant stake in Tesla, sparking a rally in the stock.

china ev strategy

Measures by the Chinese Government to achieve the targets above include:

  • Financial and tax support for New Energy Vehicle (NEV) companies;
  • Making it easier for foreign companies to enter the Chinese market by improving foreign investment regulations and liberalizing the existing cap on foreign ownership stakes in joint venture enterprises;
  • Promoting R&D through incentives;
  • Subsidies to consumers through tax benefits;
  • The Chinese Government is further considering incentives for parts and components manufacturers, smart and connected cars and other fields that will help Chinese companies lead the future auto sector;
  • The Export-Import Bank of China will assist Chinese NEV companies to go global.

China already has experience of setting itself to dominate a sector and achieving set goals. Less than a decade ago the Chinese Government plotted to dominate the PV panel market and in the process brought down the price of energy production from renewables, killing some western PV manufacturers in coal plants in the process. Already we are seeing a deluge of battery cell plants being planned by the end of the decade in China. We can, therefore, expect the same domino effect as in the energy markets, taking out auto manufacturers that were slow to embrace electric vehicles.

Interested in learning more about Chinese electric vehicles? Download our fun and easy app below, flick the China switch and swipe left the models you don’t like, right the ones you do, enter the chat rooms and share your thoughts with the community.

wattev2buy mobile app

Aston Martin EV strategy hits a roadblock

Aston Martin EV strategy hits a roadblock

electric car information wattev2buy

wattev2buy mobile app

electric vehicle information wattev2buy

It was just a matter of time for the newly formed partnership, barely five months old, between LeEco and Aston Martin hit the rocks, creating a roadblock for the Aston Martin EV strategy. Although none of the two companies officially announced the breakup of the Joint Venture to develop electric vehicle technology, China Money Network recently reported the suspension of the partnership by the British luxury carmaker.

wattev2buy aston martin rapid 2The terms of the JV was for LeEco to help with the development of low emission vehicle technologies and deliver a concept car within two years. The partnership was funded by China Equity and the Chinese President oversaw the signing of the agreement. It was expected that the concept car will produce more than 1,000hp. The partnership also extended to the Rapid E 2018 model which is expected late 2017 and would have incorporated the latest LeTv Internet of the Vehicle (IOV) system. It is uncertain how the breakdown in the partnership will impact on the release of the performance saloon.

Recently we reported that LeEco, the Chinese equivalent of Netflix and parent company of two EV start-ups, Faraday Future in the USA and LeSee in China, was forced to sell its Silicon Valley property, earmarked for its US headquarters. The sale, reported by Reuters, to Chinese property developer, Genzon Group, will provide the company with $260 million much-needed cash.

Both EV start-ups are known for making bold statements and big ticket announcements just to be followed by press reports of cash flow and funding problems. The announcement comes at a time when Faraday Future is battling to break ground on its plant in Northern Los Angeles. The company could not even pay the $21 million deposit to Aecon despite being offered $300 million by the local authorities for building the assembly plant there.

The 13-year-old LeEco is financially pressed on all fronts and founder, Jia Yeutling, was quoted by insiders referring to the cash flow problem as a “big company disease.” Rumors have also been flying that it was exciting its India operations and shares in its flagship unit, Leshi Internet Information and Technology Corp Beijing lost 25% of its value in five months. LeEco, which products include consumer electronics and cellphones, such as the LePro phone were able to raise $2.2 billion from Sunac China Holdings, a property developer. The funds are however not earmarked for LeEco‘s electric car division. Faraday Future is said to hold the patents to the technology, but recent reports state that the technology is in fact held by a separate company in the Cayman Islands, creating insecurity for investors and borrowers.

One might assume that an icon such as Aston Martin also took the reputational risk in consideration when entering into a partnership with an unproven start-up, but it seems Chinese cash was the deciding factor. The partnership was concluded at a time when a number of partnerships and equity transactions between British car makers and Chinese companies were entered into. Other transactions included investments by Geely in the London Taxi Company’s EV plant at Ansy, and Shanghai-listed Far East Smarter Energy Group investing in UK-based Detroit Electric for the manufacturing of the SP:01 EV. The transactions strengthen both the UK and Chinese positions in the electric vehicle market and created over 1,400 UK jobs.

We look forward to the official announcement by Aston Martin on the state of the partnership and how it will impact the release of the long-awaited RapidE. Aston Martin as recent as December stated that LeEco’s financial woes would not impact the JV or the release of the RapidE.

wattev2buy mobile app

Q1 EV Sales China: Rise 30% year-on-year, but is it enough?

Q1 EV Sales China: Rise 30% year-on-year, but is it enough?

wattev2buy electric car myths debunked

wattev2buy electric car selection tools

wattev2buy electric car mobile app

wattev2buy china electric car

Q1 EV Sales China: Rise 30% year-on-year, but is it enough?

China, the world’s largest market for electric vehicles showed a rise in sales for the first quarter of 2017, improving on 2016 figures by 12,500 units. While March was a particularly good month, selling over 30,000 units, we wonder if the total sales of nearly 56,000 units in the first quarter will be enough for 2017 to beat the record of 350,000 set in 2016?

See our analysis of H1 2017 EV Sales in China for a more up to date take on the Chinese EV market

EV sales for 2017 kicked off rather poorly in January with a disappointingly low 7,000 units. The Chinese holiday season and the regulatory clampdown on the abuse of EV subsidies were blamed for the lackluster sales. Fortunately, sales improved as the following months saw a doubling each month on the previous, setting a very promising trend. Battery Electric Vehicles outsold Plug-In Hybrids by nearly five to one as over 44,000 BEV units were sold compared to only 9,000 PHEV models during the period.

New models were the top sellers, taking three of the top five positions in a country starved for cool looking EVs. Chinese consumers are used to being dished up a mix of inferior cars due to major international brands being forced to partner with local manufacturers. To protect their IP, the global brands produced older variants of their vehicles for the Chinese market. The situation has improved for the Chinese consumer as local producers such as BAIC, SAIC and BYD have started producing improved second generation EV models. The BAIC E180 and BAIC E260, taking the first and third positions for the quarter is a case in point of how the second generation electric vehicles are drawing more buyers to the sector.

2016’s darling, BYD is slipping in the rankings, the company, part-owned by Warren Buffet, which has been the best-selling electric vehicle brand in the world for 2015 and 2016 could only muster two-thirds of BAICs sales. More worrying for BYD is that it had five models in the market compared to BAICs three BEVs. Tesla had a respectable performance with the Model X selling 1,500 units, which is 13% of all Tesla Model X units sold internationally during Q1, accounting for 6% of the company’s total sales for the period.

In total Q1 2017 sales improved 30% on that of the same period in 2016, indicating that 2017 could even be a better year for electric vehicles, despite stricter regulation, proving that electric vehicles are entering the mainstream.

china-ev-sales-q1-2017 wattev2buy

wattev2buy mobile app

UK EV SALES Q1 2017 BREAKS RECORDS

UK EV SALES Q1 2017 BREAKS RECORDS

UK EV SALES Q1 2017 BREAKS RECORDS

UK EV sales for the first quarter 2017 set new records, mostly on the back of Tesla sales. The quarter’s sales bring EV’s contribution up to 1.4% of the total vehicle fleet. The UK sales for Q1, traditionally the best performing quarter for UK car sales, was closely watched as a new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) comes into play from the first of April 2017. The new VED rules apply for all vehicles except zero emission vehicles (ZEV). According to the VED, Internal Combustion Engine vehicles (ICE) will be liable for a levy of £1,550 spread over five years on all vehicles priced over £40,000.

Electric vehicle sales for March, which contributed nearly 70% of the quarter’s sales, rose a below average 7% on a year-to-year basis, lower than the 8.4% for the total new car market. Total EV sales for the quarter was around 11,900 units, some 880 units more than Q1 2016. A deeper analysis of the UK electric vehicle sales showed a significant rise of the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) component, rising 34%, or around 800 units in March from the year before. Most of the 800 units can be attributed to Tesla’s massive sales drive, which led to a record 25,000 units being sold internationally, of which nearly 900, triple February’s sales, was sold in the UK during March 2017.

The improved performance of BEV vehicles compared to Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), showing a decrease of 5% to just under 5,000 units, corrects a trend since 2016 which saw 3-in-4 electric vehicles in the UK being PHEV’s.

All indications are that UK EV sales will breach the 100,000 unit mark, shared by only seven other countries within the next couple of months. Recent surveys in the UK showed that most vehicle buyers are negative towards diesel vehicles due to diesel gate, a spectacular own goal by big auto and that 85% of vehicle owners now consider buying an EV, subject to them overcoming these EV related misconceptions.

electric vehicle news

The article was first posted in wattEV2Buy’s Top 5 EV News Week 14.