Turns out, there is a quick way to get a lot of free publicity for your electric car company. Take the biggest name in leaks and apply it to you plug-in vehicles. That's the idea behind Chinese electric car technology company Hong Yuan Lan Xiang's (HYLX) new tradmark registration application. The name in question? Snowden. Yes, Edward Snowden.

Yes, somehow, the company thinks the highly controversial Snowden is just the thing to catch the public's eye. Company manager Zhu Hefeng told the South China Morning Post that HYLX is "talking with China's domestic carmakers, and we aim to launch cars equipped with our technology by the end of this year." That technology – unknown to us before now, so at least the publicity stunt is effective – includes removable batteries, EV conversions and ways to fast charge EVs. In other words, it runs the gamut.

What probably won't run is the Chinese government actually granting HYLX the application. Trademark expert Wang Hao told the SCMP that it's likely to be denied for being too "political." You don't say.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Just trademark trolls
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe it's a hint that they are looking for someone to leak them the designs for a proper EV because no doubt they haven't got a clue how to do one. So far nobody does in China.
        Samuel Look
        • 2 Years Ago
        They make all the parts already, they just need the instructions on how they fit together...
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe the citizens of the PRC are finally developing a sense of humour ! On a more serious note, Eward Snowden and similar people who divulge sensitive government information are in a very difficult position. With the growth of terrorism on a global scale, the world of 'national security' got a lot murkier. The power of the state has grown enormously with the increase in technology. The rules are no longer clear and "national security'' is often used a method to cover up the incompetence or wrong doing by government agents or agencies. On the other hand, espionage, and the threats to national security have also emerged as less predictable and far more extreme. This presents a difficult conundrum for legislators. It's the old problem of '' who guards the guardians ? " . Perhaps the development of an "independent " body , with judicial powers, could be established to provide 'whistle blowers' with a safe haven to report information for proper assessment and evaluation, may avoid these disastrous wholesale revelations. But then how do you keep the "Independents" , 'independent ' ? Not easy....
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny :)
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