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Beijing Planning to Convert Taxi Fleet to Electric

Public outcry over poor air quality driving change.

by on Oct.16, 2014

Beijing officials are attempting to convert the city's fleet of 46,000 taxis to EVs, like this BYD e6 cab.

Facing public pressure to reduce some of world’s nastiest urban air pollution, the municipal government in Beijing is moving to turn Chinese capitols taxi fleet green.

The objective is to convert Beijing’s 46,000 taxis into electric vehicles over the next three to four years, according to Zhang Xiyong, vice president of China’s Beijing Automotive Industry Group.

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During a discussion at the Global Automotive Form in Wuhan, Zhang said public pressure through social media prompted Beijing’s municipal government to order the overhaul of the city’s taxi fleet. (more…)

China Pushing for More Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sales

Reliance on foreign oil prompts government action.

by on May.15, 2014

China's reliance on foreign oil has increased dramatically due to the rapid increase in vehicles on the roads.

The rapid growth of new vehicle sales in China has led to significant increases in oil demand and oil imports, raised the price of petroleum around the world and prompted the Chinese government to offer big subsidies to motorists using electric vehicles.

Consumption of gasoline in China more than doubled from roughly 900,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2003 to more than 2 million bbl/d in 2013, extending a trend of significant growth in China’s transportation sector since the 1990s.

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Automakers in China sold more than 20 million vehicles last year, including more than 550,000 in the capital city of Beijing where sales are regulated a license plate lottery that is designed to curb some of the enthusiasm for cars among China’s legions of consumers. (more…)

Daimler Betting Big on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

China could be critical electric vehicle market, says CEO Zetsche.

by on Apr.10, 2014

The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell hydrogen car.

Daimler AG’s top executives believe hydrogen fuel cells hold the key to developing a broader range of electric vehicles in the future.

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG’s top executive and head of the Mercedes-Benz Car Group, told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Berlin the German automaker is committed to electric vehicle technology.  China, the world’s single largest car market, now has plans for putting millions of EVs on the road by the end of the decade.

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“With our Chinese partner BYD, we have developed an electric vehicle in China for China,” he said. The Denza, which was developed with BYD, will debut at the Beijing Auto Show later this month, he added.  “China plans to have five million electric vehicles on the road by 2020 and we’re ready to help,” Zetsche added.

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China’s Car Boom Could Go Bust

Reining in sales in the name of clean air.

by on Mar.01, 2013

Ford CEO Alan Mulally during a recent trip to China. Ford's sales are booming but could slip if regulators curtail the Chinese market.

After a few stutters last year, China’s massive automotive market seemed to get back on track in January, sales surging 46% compared to year-earlier levels. Yet there’s growing concern that the good times won’t continue for long.

There are a number of reasons to be worried, including a still frail global economy, nagging regional issues that include an ongoing territorial dispute with Japan and declining foreign investment. Yet the biggest concern, it seems, may be China’s endemic and worsening problems with air pollution.

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That has already led Chinese regulators to call for a rapid switch to battery-powered vehicles. But with market demand lagging Beijing’s call, a growing number of observers fear the central government may soon put in place steps to curb automotive ownership.

A growing number of major cities, including capital Beijing and economic center Shanghai, have already put restrictions in place, such as monthly limits on new vehicle registrations – though such measures have generally been aimed at curbing traffic problems, rather than emissions issues.

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Hertz, GE Partner to Expand EV Use in China

Taking advantage of China’s shift to battery power.

by on Aug.25, 2011

The BYD e6 is one of the battery cars Hertz plans to offer in China.

Plagued by pollution and saddled with an increasingly massive bill for foreign oil, China is putting a major emphasis on switching to battery power – and rent-a-car company Hertz is teaming up with GE to take advantage of this transition.

Hertz Corporation is expanding its Global EV initiative to China, making it the first global rental car company to offer electric vehicles on three continents.

“China has committed to rapidly expand electric vehicle travel and Hertz is committed to supporting the important EV Pilot City program,” said Mark P. Frissora, the rental car company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Working with our existing rental car network in China and partners such as GE, we are dedicated to helping build the necessary EV infrastructure in China and to create a new transportation solution that employs the latest technology and harnesses innovations being launched in China today.”

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Both Hertz and GE Industrial Solutions will leverage each other’s services, products and client bases to go to market together as business partners.  They plat to co-locate electric vehicles and GE’s EV infrastructure across China. The two companies will bundle EV leasing and charging facilities as a solution, which will be offered to multinational companies and government agencies looking – or forced – to go green.

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