• Dec 11, 2010
To say that sales of alt-energy vehicles in China have been dismal would be an understatement. Despite investing million into advanced alternative fuel powertrains, the Global Times reports that many Chinese automakers are facing the tough decision to either ditch their green car plans or continue on with sales that are far below expectations.

Due to poor sales volume, Changan Auto has pulled the plug on its hybrid Jiexun. According to the company, not a single Jiexun was sold during the last year. BYD faces similar struggles, reporting that it has sold only 54 E6 electric vehicles and just 290 F3DM plug-in hybrids between January and October of this year. Even Toyota admits that Prius sales volume, which has been at less than 4,000 for each of the past three years, is below the company's expectations.

Many Chinese automakers have voiced concerns and are calling upon the government to help boost sales of advanced-technology vehicles. So far, however, buyers have shown little interest in purchasing the high-tech rides that often come with steep price tags.

Source: Global Times]


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      caelaf302ci
      • 4 Years Ago
      "According to the company, not a single Jiexun was sold during the last year."

      I wish hybrids have had suffered the same fate stateside. I'm sure there's an expert somewhere that can prove me wrong but I just can't wrap my head around the concept, seemed like a marketing scam from the very beginning to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "... are calling upon the government to help boost sales of advanced-technology vehicles."

      I was under the auspices they already had, which explains why they aren't selling. Real innovators don't need help. Current hybrids and electrics and any good and don't solve any problems.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said, people buy them partly because it makes them feel good about themselves in a situation were they really have no control, but mostly they do it cause they perceive themselves saving money at the gas pumps so that they can go out and buy the latest Iphone or HD tv, because electronics don't harm the environment as everybody knows..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this low sale has more because of their low income(150-500 USD/month) than their wish to be ecological.
      Many of my chinese friends are very ecological aware.It would be interesting to see how much an average person from China consumes energy regarding an average person from USA,Europe countries and similar.I think,we would be ashamed (in average). I know that on this site,there are many well educated people doing their part of ecological effort to "save the planet", but you DO understand all in all,they are minority.If you go out and see all this cars,pick-ups,SUV with big gasoline engines and compare them to small cars and small engines,then you know who is more green.Same goes for electronics that we have, compared to theirs.
      So blame it on the high price of the car and the real usability (no charging spots),than on their will or goverment will( they already decided to put thousands of charging spots in their biggest cities,and knowing how fast they are,it will be soon done).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats not gonna look too good when China demands we all pay carbon tax while they get a free ride exporting their pollution to California.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's what is going to happen all over the world. Only wealthy people will afford green cars and all the rest will keep on waiting to the prices to come down. That will ever happen whenever Lithium-Ion batteries will be out of the EV recipes. Please see one of them at www.ev-motion.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      The typical four cylinder sedan is economical. Where would the pay off be realised from a premium paid for a hybrid of electric car?
      Most people can`t pay money for the sake of making a statement.
      Since we Americans like large cars this technology would be better served in the large vehicles.
      Small cars need to be cheap for people to consider buying them, as for now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      China is big country making a electric car sales.. it's more car in the market..
      http://hcgpro.org/
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems that the expense of these vehicles in China is primarily to blame but I wonder the following?
      Have the Chinese just decided that they want their 1950's and 60's type of period?
      Is the physical expanse of land and average distance traveled just too far in general?
      Socially is it bad to been seen in one of these vehicles and not in a Jag or Merc?
      Do they just not care about fuel economy?
      Are the offerings just dismal and no one would buy them regardless of benefit?
      Whats the cost of fuel and taxes in China?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fuel cost is actually very high in China, but most car owners would prefer to get a 3 cylinder or 4 cylinders sedans that gets great fuel economy than a costly hybrid. Besides if you don't drive much, live close to where your work, there is very little incentive, both environmentally and fanatically, to get a hybrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whether people can afford it or not, it's still cheap. It's a commodity, it has an inherent value. And it isn't much higher than the inherent value in this case. So it cannot be termed "very high".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fuel cost isn't very high in China.

        http://english.cntv.cn/20101026/100777.shtml

        That's $1 per liter, about $3.80 per gallon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $3.80 per gallon is a lot when you make a few hundred dollars a month.

        Most people in China can't afford to buy a car, period. Tack $5k-$20k onto the price of cars and things get even worse.

        When you can't afford the car in the fist place, saving money on gas from an electric or hybrid is a moot point.

        Electric technology is being adopted in other ways. Electric bikes are overtaking gas bikes like a mass exodus right now. I think Chinese are willing to adopt electric technology when they can afford it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's all that the most fetid country in the world needs - Lithium-ion residue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When your air is already poisonous, what good will hybrids do anyway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...in order to LIVE in a cleaner way...
      dang fat fingers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder how the Buick Volt will fare there.
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