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"China’s automotive fleet is rapidly expanding. Last year the Chinese market overtook the US to become the world largest automotive market, and sales are expected to continue to expand 55% to 13.55 million passenger vehicles per year by 2015. The country is currently the third largest consumer of oil in the world with all of Europe a close second and the US number one. As China’s volume of vehicles continue to increase along with economic growth so too will their oil demand. China will pass the US and become the world’s largest oil consumer within a few years and thereafter continue to expand consumption. China is already importing more than 50% of its oil. Fortunately, there is already great demand among the Chinese population for electric cars. "

"About 60 percent of Chinese consumers would consider buying plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles in China, according to an Ernst & Young report released Wednesday, a percentage higher than in any other country surveyed."

"We have another clue to the reason of aggressive Chinese move into Lithium space and electric cars:
China has a very high ambitions in electric car space. Among advantages are relatively cheap qualified working force of literally thousand engineers devoted to Lithium ion batteries and Electric Cars in BYD alone. It is not a surprise that Chinese companies are so active in Australia securing supply of Lithium, whether they will be coming after Japanese companies to Argentina, Nevada and Canada we will see in the nearest future."


2010 Beijing Auto Show: Color It Green
Published Apr 30, 2010
Just the Facts:
Green technologies were broadly showcased at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show.
More than 90 "new energy" vehicles are on display.
BEIJING — Green technologies, including hybrid and electric vehicles, plus a few more exotic prototypes, were broadly showcased at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, both by Chinese domestic brands and a number of top foreign manufacturers.
Multinational auto giants, from Nissan to Volkswagen, used the Beijing show as a pulpit to spread the green gospel.
The VW group displayed the Audi A8 hybrid and A1 E-tron, as well as a battery-powered edition of the China-designed VW Lavida sedan, and said it planned to market several locally produced EVs in China by 2013. Nissan trotted out its Leaf EV and said it will go on sale in China in early 2011. General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept and said the Volt sedan would be released in China in 2011. Honda said it planned to sell its CR-Z and Insight hybrids in China by 2012. Daimler touted its partnership with BYD, the Chinese battery and EV specialist, in developing a unique model for the Chinese market.
All told, more than 90 "new energy" vehicles are on display at the Beijing show, many of them from Chinese firms. Part of the motivation is the anticipation that the central government in Beijing later this year will release new guidelines and incentives intended to promote the development and purchase of alternative-energy vehicles, especially EVs and hybrids.
Among the more notable Chinese-branded new-energy vehicles on display:
SAIC. The tiny four-passenger E1 is a three-door hatchback, powered by lithium-iron-phosphate batteries that can be quick-charged to 80 percent of capacity in only 30 minutes. The E1 has a range of 85 miles and a top speed of 75 mph. SAIC plans to begin production in late 2012 and may sell the car under its own Roewe brand.
Chang'an. Another small hatchback intended for future production, the Green-I (code name: EV01) also features a quick-charge battery, supplemented by a roof-mounted solar panel. Electric motors are located in the wheel hubs. The interior is made of a special biodegradable material, and the vehicle provides wireless Internet access and USB connections for MP3 players and video games.
Geely: The Hangzhou-based company unveiled two electric vehicles, the EK-1 and EK-2, based on the Panda hatchback, as well as the tiny IG (Intelligent Geely), which is powered by batteries and solar. The EK-1 features lead-acid batteries and has a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 50 mph, while the EK-2 gets lithium-ion-phosphate batteries, with a range of 112 miles and a top speed of 93 mph. The gullwing IG is a 2+2 hybrid.
FAW: The state-owned First Auto Group showed not one but two small electric vehicles, the E-wing and the E-coo, but declined to divulge details. FAW refers vaguely to the pair as "bionic concepts." If approved for production, one or both models likely would be marketed under FAW's Xiali small-car brand.
Dongfeng: Updated from its initial appearance at last year's Shanghai show, the I-car is an ultra-compact three-door hatchback that measures only 118 inches long. This battery-electric has an effective range of only 37 miles, and appears to be designed primarily for urban commuting.
Inside Line says: If the Beijing show was any measure, the East will soon be green. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent"
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