China

Volkswagen ID.R Smashes Tianmen Mountain Record

“China Challenge” mastered – Volkswagen’s fully-electric prototype sets new benchmark on Tianmen Mountain Romain Dumas conquers the 99 hairpins on the 10.906-kilometre “Big Gate Road” in less than 8 minutes ID.R is the sportiest representative of the electric ID. family of products Another day, another motorsports speed record taken down by the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R and French driver Romain Dumas. And, believe me, I know that the story is starting to feel a little bit repetitive– but you haven’t taken a look at the scenery for this one. This particular record fell at Tianmen Mountain pass in China– a place that’s also been called “Heaven’s Gate“. “With the record set on the dramatic Tianmen road, we have mastered another challenge in o...

Tiny EVs in China: Small Vehicles, Huge Market

China is home to the world largest populace, with over 1.4 billion people calling it home. China is also the number one market for all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), as we noted here. Sales of EVs and PHEVs in China dwarf those in the United States, at least partially due to their government’s proactive measures to increase ownership. Much like in the U.S. electric sports cars, motorcycles, and scooters can all be seen on the streets of the PRC.  Conversely, there is an additional category of EV found in China that we don’t see here: the tiny EV. Tiny EVs are extremely popular with Chinese consumers. These vehicles can cost as little as $1,000 and the operator does not need a driver’s license to use them. Sounds great right? Well the...

Clean-Vehicle Sales May Be Headed for a Slump in China

It may surprise our readers to learn that China, the undisputed heavyweight champion of pollution is also leading the world in sales of all-electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). China reported sales of 1.26 million EVs and PHEVs last year, up 61.7 per cent from 2017. This is in comparison to sales of 360,000 in the U.S. and 408,000 for the E.U. During the same time frame. While the fact remains that China simply has a huge population, and therefore a huge market, the Chinese government’s efforts to put more clean-technology vehicles on the road are respectable. Beijing has offered several subsidies to new car buyers who purchase “new-energy vehicles (NEVs),” what we here in the U.S. call EVs and PHEVs. These programs were scaled back in June however, ...

NIO and Razer Launch ES6 Night Explorer Electric SUV with 544HP

China is a magical place, where high-end carmakers spring up with exciting new products almost overnight– and with billions of real dollars in funding behind them. It was no different today in Shanghai, where Chinese electric automaker NIO partnered up with eSports equipment brand, Razer, to launch a limited-edition, 544HP, all-electric SUV called the ES6 Night Explorer … and it is awesome! The brand new NIO x @razer ES6 Night Explorer. Let the games begin. #NIOxRazer #Razer #ES6NightExplorer pic.twitter.com/JIeyjddgR1 — NIO (@NIOGlobal) August 2, 2019 The SUV is built on the NIO ES6 Performance Edition, with features like the NIO Pilot Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), NOMI Mate, enhanced digital instrument displays, and other high-tech appointments. The Night Explor...

Production-ready Electric Porsche Taycan Breaks Cover in China

Get Plugged In In a Hurry? Here are the major points of this post. Porsche’s First Electric Car is Almost Ready This is the Tesla Model S’ First Real Competition Seen here roaming the streets of Shanghai and the track outside the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) is the ultra-quick, fully electric Porsche Taycan super-sedan in full production spec. trim. And you’ll probably see it again, too– that’s because this pre-production Taycan prototype is setting off on something of a “world tour” ahead of its official unveiling at this September’s Frankfurt Auto Show. To say that the Porsche Taycan has been hotly anticipated is an understatement. With more than 600 HP on tap from its electric motors, the slinky Porsche is expected to blast from 0-60 MP...

Saab Will Never Die: NEVS Gets Massive, $23 Billion Investment

It’s called Evergrande, and– as China’s second-largest developer with developments in over 170 cities– it’s one of the largest real estate companies in the world. Impressive as that is, it seems to be just the beginning of Evergrande’s story. That’s because the company just invested twenty-three billion (with a “b”) dollars into building manufacturing facilities for electric carmaker NEVS, with plans to build 1 million electric cars and 500 GWh of batteries per year. “Evergrande aims to invest 160 billion yuan in Guangzhou’s Nansha district to set up three major bases for new energy vehicles,” according to a statement the Nansha local government sent to the Global Times last Wednesday. “One of the bases will have the c...