• Apr 25th 2010 at 4:56PM
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It's not often that we need to look up the definition of a word in a press release – isn't the whole idea to make information easy to understand? – but we admit to not knowing what "eclosion" meant. Turns out, it's "The emergence of an adult insect from its pupal case, or the hatching of an insect larva from an egg. From the French eclosion, from eclore, to open." So, world, meet China's latest bug car.

We're talking about the Geely IG, which was first seen in concept form at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show. At the time, we said the IG "would make a great electric car." At the Beijing Auto Show this week, Geely brought the new version, which doesn't go full electric, but does add wings seagull doors and shifts from a 3+1 seating arrangement to a 2+2 with a hybrid powertrain.

Geely is also showing off two pure electric models called the EK-1 and the EK-2. The EK-1 uses lead acid batteries to get up to 80 kilometers per hour while the EK-2 is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery that can skedaddle up to 150 kmh. The ranges are 80 kilometers and 180 km, respectively. Geely also displayed the GSC (Geely Intelligent Stop-Go System) and the GPEC (Geely Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicle). Geely has two GPEC models, one in the EC7 model that uses an iron phosphate battery in a serial setup with a 1.0-liter engine and has a 60-km electric-only range. The other is in an EC8 in parallel with a 2.4-liter engine.

[Source: Geely]


'Eclosion' of Geely Alternative Energy Vehicles On Auto China 2010

BEIJING, April 23 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- As a Chinese fairytale of "Eclosion to Butterfly" indicates, Geely alternative fuel vehicles have, through painstaking effort, come all the way to have their premiere on Beijing Auto Show this time. For years, Geely has been committed to R&D of alternative power systems for vehicles, and its 5 alternative fuel vehicles for mass production will be marketed in 2 years.

With eye-catching showcase in 2009 Shanghai Auto Show as a concept car only, Geely Intelligence (IG) this time is identified as a pioneering in-research model of Geely's alternative vehicles. It is face lifted from former single door and 3+1 seat layout to double seagull-wing doors and 2+2 seat layout now, while remains its hybrid power and cost design.

Geely brings two electric vehicles this time -- EK-1 and EK-2.EK-1 is lead-acid battery powered reaching 80km/h top speed and 80km range, and EK-2 is lithium iron phosphate battery powered with max. speed of 150km and range of 180km and can recharge 80% of battery capacity in 18mins.

In development of alternative power system, instead of restricting in one specific R&D direction, Geely diversified its development rating on different subjects during various time spans. According to related officer from Geely, currently, when various many factors are involved, in practical fleet, alternative fuel power is still but an option for the whole global auto industry, at least not such unified as the internal-combustion engine powered by petroleum. Considering this, on alternative fuel power solutions, Geely set its development mode of multiple propulsions ready to answer calls from both market needs and tomorrow challenges. Apart from battery electric vehicles, Geely showcase 1 vehicle model with GSC (Geely Intelligent Stop-Go System) and 2 models of GPEC (Geely Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicle) .

For plug-in hybrid electric power, a relatively mature alternative energy power technology, Geely has finished its application design in serial and parallel forms and ready for mass production. Geely's EC7 is applied with GPECs(Geely Serial Plug-in Electric) with iron phosphate battery + 1.0 L engine, 60 km range when solely by battery, launch recently; EC8 is applied GPEC (Geely Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicle, parallel), good at fuel economy and dynamic performance, fitted with 2.4L engine to challenge international premium alternative energy vehicle

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      • 5 Years Ago
      In 2007 Geely produced the biggest gas guzzler in China, the King Kong. It was the number one seller in 2006 in China.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IG hits the spot!!

      The G-spot.

      Can Detroit do that??
      • 5 Years Ago
      A future Volvo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think this year full of launching a new hybrid cars, in which this car standing like nothing, but this butterfly look of this car is the most likely look. from front site it looks like Sports cars. i hope it start running on road by this yea end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      haha their press release calls the batteris in the EK-2 ...... Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. It should be lithium ion phosphate batteries.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not true. The proper name is lithium-iron-phosphate often referred to as LiFePO4. It is a lithium-ion battery but is made with iron and phosphate.

        Seem like they covered all the bases with every variation from ICE with stop-go to parallel hybrid, to series hybrid, to BEV. Most manufacturers choose one or 2 variants, but Geely has decided to let the customer choose.

        Don't know why the article has to be so negative. When Mercedes brings out gull-wing doors they are all praise.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Just for your reference, A123 batteries are lithium iron phosphate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, there is a battery chemistry called Lithium IRON Phosphate. It is the one that most auto makers are now standardising on: they're heavier than Lithion-ion Phosphate, but they're also much heavier duty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those hybrid powertrains seem interesting. A 1-litre series hybrid seems pretty efficient and simple, whereas the a through the road system using 4WD would bring FE benefits to a wide range of vehicles, and the hybrid premium can be offset by the generally higher cost of such vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I shall name my first born:"Geely".
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