Note that these "new rule" EV licenses are granted only to new projects (greenfield) or projects involving major renovation (brownfield, such as Zhidou's Lanzhou project). Due to a "grandfathering" clause in the rules, companies making NDRC-approved EVs (e.g., BYD e6) in an existing, licensed factory do not require this approval.
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Some articles/sites have been implying that Sinogold/Guojin has received an EV project approval. This is not correct as of date. Only 14 companies have received approval till today. What Sinogold/Guojin has received is a land-use approval for their Zibo project from the Ministry of Land Resources, which is one of the (important) preliminary steps in the total approval process. The last approved EV company, Hozon (#13), took about 6 months from land-use approval to complete project approval.
Yes, those are the 14 companies. You're correct about that.
Greenwheel is also a bus manufacturer (Jiangsu Greenwheel).
Sorry if the message was a little ambiguous. Established players are not exempt. If an established player wishes to embark on a new project ("project" meaning an all-new manufacturing complex or a renovated site) for the express purpose of making pure EVs, it will have to apply for approval and jump through all the hoops.
So who is exempt? If your company has a vehicle production license, is already operating a plant that has the requisite permissions, and has NDRC type-approval(s) for the particular NEV model(s) being built (or are intended to be built) at the said plant, you do not have to apply de novo for an EV production license under the new rules. This is the "grandfather" clause. If it weren't so, someone like BYD would have had to stop production of EVs forthwith.
Greenwheel displayed a self-developed prototype of a new car at the ongoing Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau International Auto Show. [According to a report, Sunike (桑耐克) is probably the name of a new sub-brand, as opposed to the name of this particular car.]
The car has a proposed range of 350 km and a max. speed of 130 km/h.
With Greenwheel now leaning more towards making licensed electric vans and buses, it has established a subsidiary in Weifang, Shandong Binao New Energy Vehicle Co., Ltd. (site) which is entrusted with the production of its former LSEVs as well as rebadged cars from Levdeo.