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The recent Shanghai show chose the theme of harmonizing technology with nature. It couldn't have been more appropriate since folks in China are having trouble lately distinguishing between foggy days and smoggy days of the kind that it's safer to stay inside. And on top of that a serious dependence on foreign oil is now at hand.

In an interview last year Malcom Bricklin mentioned that the Chinese government had promised some $279 million to Chinese automakers for the development of hybrid vehicles. A little later he announced his intention to join with a Chinese automaker to sell electric powered vehicles in the U.S..
We're still waiting anxiously to hear who that company is.

China Daily on April 23rd said that Beijing has made cleaner cars a policy priority, "targeting the field as one of 11 priority areas in a 15 year technology development plan issued in February 2006. It promised grants and tax breaks to support industry efforts".

Some of these appropriated state funds appear to have already shown up at the Shanghai show.
Chang'an was there with the Jiexun hybrid. Roewe was there with the 750 hybrid (see fuel cell model below) and Geely's Maple was there with the 305 hybrid that they developed with Tongji University. BYD had already introduced its electric vehicle last November in Beijing.

Even though Toyota and Honda have gotten a head start, when it comes to alternate energy powered vehicles, it's still a pretty level playing field. So hopefully China will unlock the talents of its youth and jump into this fresh round of competition. The Chinese people have everything to gain by it.
 

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The Roewe motor was developed by MG Rover in the UK before they went bust and development was continued by the Rover engineers who were re-employed by SAIC in the UK. So it's not really Chinese in that sense. NAC have the same technology but haven't unveiled it yet...actually I wonder where the IPR's stand on that one as I'm not sure it legally belongs to SAIC as presumably the administrators sold it to NAC.
 

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You are right MGR, I should have left SAIC out of this group. Other big players, like Chery and Dongfeng, are probably starting out with the foreign technology too. But there are some promising efforts underway to develop homegrown technology, in smaller companies like Dong'an Heibao, Wanxiang, Jindalu and Qingyuan.
 

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