During a recent international renewable energy forum in Beijing, Liu Zhijia, Assistant General Manager of Chery, said by 2010 half of Chery's vehicles will be hybrids and half of those hybrids will run on clean fuels. Here is exactly what he said:
New energy is a driving force for the sustainable development of auto industry, by 2010 more than fifty percent vehicles produced by Chery will be equipped with hybrid systems, and half of those vehicles will be powered by new energy.
Yin Tongyao, Chery's chief executive has said Chery "will reach annual sales of 1 million autos by 2010." That would translate to annual sales of 500,000 hybrids a year from Chery. For comparison, the total U.S sales for hybrids for 2006 was 254,545. Will Chinese hybrids flood the U.S market? Not right away. Chery does not intend to enter the US market for four years.
At the forum, Liu also said the hybrid development plan will have three phases. The first step has mild hybrid sedans starting production in 2008 which means that overall emissions from Chery vehicles will be reduced between 10 and 30 percent. The second phase is the development and mass production of full hybrids and electric/alcohol vehicles by 2010. That's when Chery expects half of its sales to come from hybrids. The final phase is the development of fuel cells cars by 2015.
The Chinese vice-minister for science and technology, Cao Jianlin, was also at the forum and he said the government will provide funding and tax breaks as part of a government plan to encourage green technology. Chinese auto makers Shanghai Automotive and FAW has also shown interest in hybrid technology. The future of Chinese hybrids looks bright.
source: AutoblogChinese hybrids are going to make a big splash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chery won the contract to provide fifty of the eighty cars in the official traffic service, and all will be hybrids. Dubbed "Olympics Green Messengers," the hybrids include forty Chery BSGs and ten Chery ISGs, which are based on the Chery A5 sedan (pictured).
We were clued in that hybrids would play a significant role in the Olympics (a giant advertising event) when GM said it would introduce the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid at the games. Considering China is literally part-owner of all the country's automakers that hope to market hybrids around the world soon, it's no surprise GM is going to be upstaged by Chinese hybrids when the opening ceremonies take place August 8.
And another article at Auto-news (in German):Chinese automaker Chery and automotive components supplier Ricardo developed these hybrid versions of the Chery A5 as part of transportation arrangements for the Beijing Olympics. The 50-unit fleet comprise of two different types of A5s. One is a start-stop “hybrid” which is basically a regular 1.6 liter petrol engine with a 5-speed manual equipped with start-stop system called the Belt Starter-Generator (BSG).
The other is what we would normally consider a hybrid vehicle. A 1.3 liter petrol engine is combined with a crank-mounted 12kW 151 volt motor. The system was fully developed by Ricardo, using an integrated hybrid control unit comprising of motor drive electronics, DC to DC converter and a high-voltage battery pack positioned behind the rear seats with minimal intrusion into the luggage area.
Ricardo claims the 1.3 liter hybrid system provides similiar peak power and torque to a 1.6 liter benchmark engine, with a 15% improvement in fuel consumption over the benchmark. In addition, the start-stop system can restart the engine within 200ms.
martin_krpan said:Presentation of A5 Hybrid in Paultan:
And another article at Auto-news (in German):