Thursday 19 May 2016

Lithium Race: The Market For Electric Cars In China Is Booming - 10 New EVs From China.



  While everybody is following Tesla's "troubles" with the unprecedented demand for Model 3 in the West, China is moving very fast into New Energy space with Electric Cars and Solar Power.  Millions spent on lobbying and ads by oil and auto industries must be totally lost in translation. Chinese planners are not buying all that cancer hazard polluting nonsense any more and are looking into the future with 50 years horizon. 
  China's military plan for the total domination in the EV space is in action now. Red Dragon controls Lithium hydroxide market,  which goes into Panasonic cells for Tesla; climbing to the top spot in the lithium battery space and will become the largest auto market in the world for electric cars this year as well. In 2013 China has installed the amount of Solar Power Generation equal to the U.S. installations ... for all of its history! Now Lithium Megafactories are coming to feed 28 companies in China already producing 51 models of electric cars. Tyco de Feistier from Forbes presents to us today 10 new EVs from China, please pay attention to the specs and prices. They are not Tesla Model S yet, but will be getting there very fast.

Lithium Race Explained By Tony Seba: The Electric Vehicle Disruption - End Of Oil By 2030.

 It took International Lithium 7 years of building its Lithium business and 5 years of partnership with Ganfeng Lithium: $4.5 billion market cap giant from China - to receive this acknowledgement to celebrate our 5th IPO anniversary: Watch the video."

"Ganfeng has a strong commitment to supply Lithium product to various industries worldwide,” stated Ganfeng’s Director, Wang Xiaoshen, “so we clearly have a vested interest in these projects and have been very hands-on in the evaluation of ILC’s properties. Our company is the only one in the world that has commercial production capacities to extract Lithium from both brine and spodumene, and we continually implement cutting-edge technologies to our processes. I feel confident that this is a fit for our operations and the potential these projects hold."

Race For Renewable Energy Technologies Charges Lithium Market. Chinese Lithium Leader Secures Supply Sources.


10 New Electric Cars From China

The market for electric cars in China is booming, supported by subsidies and other incentives like free license plates and free parking places and public charging stations are now popping up everywhere. In 2015 sales of new-energy vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrids) stood at 188,700 units, up a staggering 223% compared to 2015.
Subsidies can be as high as $13,800, making NEVs attractive for a large audience, and that in turn attracts more automakers. There were more than 50 new NEV’s on display at last month’s Beijing Auto Show; here are the ten most interesting full-electric examples:

BYD EV300, photo by Tycho de Feijter

BYD EV300. Horsepower: 218. Top speed: 150 km/h. Range: 300 kilometer. Price in $: 23,000.

BYD is known abroad as an electric vehicle maker, but in China the company is famous for its cheap compact cars and manically fast hybrids. The BYD EV300 was only their second full-electric car, it has since been followed by a third and the fourth is underway. The EV300 is based on the BYD Qin, a 303hp hybrid sedan.

Changjiang EV eCOOL
Changjiang EV eCOOL, photo by Tycho de Feijter

2. Changjiang EV eCOOL. Horsepower: 34. Top speed: 136 km/h. Range: 200 kilometer. Price in $: 12,000 (est).

Changjiang EV is a new electric-car maker; they also make electric buses and vans. The eCOOL is their first passenger car,  developed primarily for young people living in the city. Many EV makers aim at the young, emphasizing the low running costs and attractive incentives. Green consciousness is on the rise in China, but it still isn’t a top selling point.

Dongfeng S500-EV
Dongfeng S500-EV, photo by Tyco de Feijter

3. Dongfeng S500-EV. Horsepower: 120. Top speed: 150 km/h. Range: 250 kilometer. Price in $: 25,000 (est).

Small and compact MPV’s are very popular in China, especially among families. Many Chinese automakers are now developing EV-versions, and the Dongfeng S500-EV is the first electric compact MPV that will hit the market, but many more are on their way. The seven-seat S500-EV is based on the petrol-powered best -seller Feigning S500.

Toros 3 Q•LECTRIC, photo by Tycho de Feijter

4. Qoros 3 Q•LECTRIC. Horsepower: n/a. Top speed: 160 km/h. Range: 350 kilometer. Price in $: 30,000 (est). 

Qoros is a brand run entirely by Western experts, building cars in a joint venture with Chery. The brilliantly named Qoros 3 Q•LECTRIC is their first electric car, based on the Qoros 3 Sedan, with added cross-elements like the black wheel arches and increased ride height. Turquoise bits are almost too-trendy, but many car buyers like this kind of EV-decorations.

Brilliance V3 EV
Brilliance V3 EV, photo by Tyco de Feijter

5. Brilliance V3 EV. Horsepower: 85. Top speed: 130 km/h. Range: 250 kilometer. Price in $: 16,000 (est). 

Brilliance has a successful joint venture with BMW, and they also make a range of cars under their own name, which are decidedly less successful. The V3 crossover, launched in mid 2015, is a rare exception, making up for more than half of all Brilliance’s sales. No wonder then that Brilliance has developed an electric version, set to hit the market soon.

Beijing Auto EV400
Beijing Auto EV400, photo by Tyco de Feijter

6. Beijing Auto EV400. Horsepower: 140. Top speed: 140 km/h. Range: 400 kilometer. Price in $: 40,000 (est).

The EV400 is the largest electric sedan in China and will be the most expensive Chinese EV when it hits the market next year. It has been developed by the Beijing Auto Electric Vehicle Corporation (BJEV), maker of the best selling EV200 series. LeEco, creator of the LeSee EV and backer of Faraday Future, owns a small stake in BJEV.

Changfeng Liebao C5 EV
Changfeng Liebao C5 EV, photo by Tycho de Feijter.
7. Changfeng Liebao C5 EV. Horsepower: 120. Top speed: 117 km/h. Range: 200 kilometer. Price in $: 14,000 (est).
Changfeng is a venerable SUV maker, building simple but unbreakable cars for the army and civilian market. The Liebao C5 EV is their first electric, based on the Liebao C5, which is the hippest vehicle in the Changfeng lineup by far. Three more electric SUV’s are underway, with a production target of 100.000 EV’s per year in 2020.

Citroen E-Elysee
Citroen E-Elysee, photo by Tycho de Feijter.

8. Citroen E-Elysee. Horsepower: 115. Top speed: n/a. Range: 200 kilometer. Price in $: 16,000 (est).

Foreign brands are late to the Chinese EV party, but Citroen is going to join with the new E-Elysee, an electric variant of the China-only Citroen C-Elysee sedan. Cheap compact sedans are promising territory for electrification; they are popular in smaller cities where car ownership is still relatively small. Citroen is also working on an electric SUV.

Zotye Zhima E30
Gotye Zhima E30, photo by Tycho de Feijter.

9. Zotye Zhima E30. Horsepower: 24. Top speed: 80 km/h. Range: 150 kilometer. Price in $: 5000.

Zotye Auto is infamous for its copies and clones, but they are more seriouswith electric cars. The Zhima E30 is the cheapest EV on the Chinese market. It is essentially a city car but with an 80 km/h top speed it is allowed to hit the highway. The limited range however will keep most E30′s in town, where the driver can play around with the Tesla-sized touch screen.

JAC iEV7, photo by Tyco de Feijter.

10. JAC iE7. Horsepower: 148. Top speed: 160 km/h. Range: 320 kilometer. Price in $: 32,000 (est).

The JAC iEV7 is going to be the fastest EV in China when it launches next year. It is based on the JAC Refine A60 sedan, dressed up with an aerodynamic front and blue decorations. JAC has a long experience with making EV’s. They were one of the first with the iEV4, the iEV5 is a big sales success, and many more cars are coming. The iEV7 will top the range, at least for now.
All of these cars will hit the Chinese market this or next year, adding to the fast growing fleet of electric cars on the road. Car makers are experimenting with a wide variation of body styles. The main trends appear to be city cars, small sedans, and compact SUV’s. Presently, all but a few Chinese EV’s are based on existing petrol-powered cars. China still lacks a manufacturer that takes on mass production of unique electric cars, but with the rewards so seemingly high it likely won’t take long before someone takes charge.

Tycho de Feijter is a Beijing-based China analyst, specialized in cars and tanks. He is the founder of, the largest portal for news and information about the Chinese auto industry."

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