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Article about upcoming Chinese hybrid vehicles:
source: China Car TimesIn a land of 1.3 billion, in a land of 4.30USD per gallon gasoline, in a land where form is often taken over function, in a land where you can pretty much sell any car EXCEPT hybrids. You would think, that with gasoline being at record highs at the pumps that Chinese people, with their legendary frugality, would be dropping their gas guzzlers en masse in favor of hybrid vehicles, but stats dont lie, and its obvious that a vast majority of Chinese just dont like hybrid cars (yet)
The Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers released statistics today which reveal the lack of appetite for new energy cars in the PRC at the moment. The Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers regard any car that is not a powered by gasoline or diesel as being a ‘new energy car’ that includes full electric cars, hybrid cars, LPG, and hydrogen cars etc. In total, 366 new energy cars were sold in the PRC from Jan to June in 2008, which is actually an increase of 107% over the previous year.
source: Inside LineAugust 26, 2008 - BYD Auto and Chery Automobile both plan to begin building and selling new hybrid sedans later this year in their home market of China. So far, neither company has announced formal plans to enter the U.S. market, although Chery has a supply deal with Chrysler.
The two Chinese companies already have exhibited their hybrids — the BYD F3DM and the Chery A5 Hybrid — at auto shows in China. BYD showed a cutaway version of its larger F6DM hybrid in January at the Detroit auto show.
The Corolla-size F3DM will go on sale later this year, priced from around $14,500, according to the Chinese Web site sina.com. With this car, BYD expects to undercut the price of the Toyota Prius by thousands of dollars. The F3DM, or Dual Mode, is a plug-in hybrid with a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack that can run on either gasoline or pure electric power.
Chery plans to begin selling the A5 Hybrid in October. It displayed an updated version of the car in April at the Beijing show. Unlike the BYD F3DM, Chery's A5 is a mild hybrid, meaning the electric motor only provides an assist to the gasoline engine.
Chery has not specified the start price for the A5 Hybrid, but media speculation in China projects a base sticker of $12,000 to $14,000.
http://paultan.org/2009/08/21/china-pushes-for-greener-vehicles-through-subsidies/Auto components supplier Honeywell (famous for Garrett turbos) have signed an MoU with ChangAn Automotive for the two companies to jointly develop micro-turbochargers. Honeywell’s definition of micro-turbochargers are small turbochargers designed for use with two-cylinder or three-cylinder engines, especially diesel engines, designed to make those engines more driveable when installed in low cost and fuel efficient compact cars.
The Chinese government have called for car manufacturers to produce more energy-efficent vehicles and equipping cars with downsized force inducted engines are one way to increase a car’s efficiency. China has recently announced a government subsidy scheme where the government will subsidise up to 50,000 yuan (RM25.8k) for hybrid cars and up to 60,000 yuan (RM31k) for electric cars.
There are currently only 5 vehicles on this list with more being evaluated and added soon – the IVECO electric service vehicle, JAC’s electricity engineering electric vehicle for city electricity system maintenance and repairing, Zotye’s electric light bus, BYD’s F3DM hybrid car and JMC Transit’s electric service vehicle. 4 out of 5 are commercial vehicles, and with the huge manufacturing/industrial sectors in China perhaps its for the best that these vehicles get plenty of attention.
BYD is really quite happy about this as they’re the only consumer passenger sedan that qualifies for the subsidy so far. BYD confirms that their F3DM qualifies for the full 50,000 yuan subsidy, and the car will officially go on sale beginning September. The F3DM is a plug-in hybrid which means that even though it is a hybrid, it can be recharged through a wall plug, thus you may never really need to start up its combustion engine if you use it for short trips.
BYD is becoming a big brand when it comes to green tech in China. It recently won a contract to supply fellow chinese automaker SAIC with lithium ion batteries. Its li-ion batteries are based on iron phosphate and are self-developed. BYD claims they can be recharged over 2,000 times and have an estimated lifespan of over 600,000km. Warren Buffet should definitely be happy about all of this – analysts estimate his Berkshire Hathaway’s investment in BYD has already made 430% in just under a year.
In Malaysia all that we have to encourage more efficient vehicles are the prospect of saving on road tax costs and a temporary rebate on hybrid vehicles under 2.0 liters in displacement. When the new NAP review is announced by the end of September this year, we will see if there is anything regarding green technology. There are currently only two hybrid cars on sale in Malaysia through official channels – the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Prius.
Most of you will be waiting for any indication of lower car prices but while MITI says import duties for ASEAN countries would be removed from January 1st 2010, it has hinted that we could potentially not see any kind of reduction in car prices that can make an impact in our buying experiences as vehicle prices are “subject to market forces which are influenced by factors such as the price of local and imported (CKD) components, forex, transportation cost, insurance and interest rates.”