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BYD has enjoyed a tremendous leap in sales since last year, according to Want China Times. Sales from January to April were ten times that of the same period last year, with much of the credit going to government subsidies for clean cars. BYD claims, though, that battery production is limiting the number of vehicles it sells, and that by increasing that production capacity, it will see even more success. BYD's Qin plug-in hybrid, introduced in December, has already sold 4,500 units with another 8,000 orders already placed. Read more here.

Mazda will reveal the fourth generation of its MX-5 roadster in September. To celebrate the car's 25th anniversary, the all-new two-seat convertible will debut during simultaneous private events in Spain, Japan and the US on September 3 and 4. Furthermore, the new Miata will be the center of a more public event in Barcelona on September 6. For fans in the US, Mazda will hold a Miatas at Mazda Raceway event from September 5 to 7. The 2016 MX-5 promises to continue to offer a lightweight, balanced design for fun and efficiency.

The new Volkswagen Passat will feature a plug-in hybrid version. Volkswagen confirmed the Passat PHEV for Europe at the model's unveiling at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam, Germany. The plug-in Passat uses a 154-horsepower TSI engine and an 80-kilowatt electric motor for a total output of 208 horsepower. With a full charge, it can travel up to 31 miles on electricity alone. All versions of the eighth-generation Passat use stop-start and regenerative braking. Read more at Green Car Congress.

BBC warns that the costs of charging an electric vehicle in the UK could surpass those of fueling a gasoline engine. Not so fast, says The Green Car Website. While the BBC cites charging services like Charge Master introducing fees for rapid charging making it cost about as much per mile to drive as traditional internal combustion engines. The Green Car Website points out that most people usually charge at home for much less, that paying for rapid charging is still not that expensive and that the BBC article misses the point about EVs, anyway. See the BBC article here or click here to read the rebuttal.


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      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago
      I hope those BYD sales are real. China really needs EVs to help clean up those disgusting cities.
        PeterScott
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spec
        A drop in the bucket compared to China's real issue: Coal. China will be soon choking not just their cities bout the world in their ever growing consumpiton of coal: http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/chinas-growing-coal-use-is-worlds-growing-problem-16999
          Spec
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          I think Europe & the USA should put tariffs on Chinese goods until they reduce their coal burning.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          @ Actionable Mango Very well said ! But, the PRC is does put out very genuine propaganda. It's definitely propaganda, the real McCoy, no question about it :)
          PeterScott
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          China is still building massive coal projects. The growth in coal dwarfs renewables: http://www.euanmearns.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/china_energy_production.png
          Actionable Mango
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          FordGo, 1) PeterScott's linked article is from 2014, it's not remotely old enough for you to be chastising people about keeping up. 2) You sound like you're greenwashing China. Sure, maybe they've tripled investment in wind and solar, but so much that happens in China is not real; it's just a worthless announcement. The high speed trains don't actually run at high speed. Their GDP is fake. Their food is fake. Their constitution is fake. Their environmental laws are fake. Let us know when independent sources say the pollution is going down--otherwise it's all just BS. But let's assume for a moment that the green investment is real--it's still too small. Their coal consumption is still staggeringly high and still growing, and it's a bizarre thing for you to defend unless you're a coal state politician.
          FordGo
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          Keep up Peter. - China has tripled it's investment in Wind and Solar. - Is closing down their old coal power plants, and building new much more efficient power plants. Just like Obama and the EPA. Looks like a global solution. And by the way, Solar energy now selling for 5 cent per kWh. Now cheaper then coal and natural gas. - The Natural gas "transition" is OVER. - Even China will soon drop coal as their Solar costs are also dropping. No sane nation would stay with coal pollution of: Mercury, Uranium and Arsenic, in their lakes and streams. Except for America and the Oil/Coal ***** Republican Party.
          karlbassplayer
          • 3 Months Ago
          @PeterScott
          FordGo, I don't know anyone who is agenst renewables, just those that favor all the above. If wind, solar, whatever is really cheaper then it will do well. Lets not shut down those power plants just yet. The wind dosn't allways blow and solar panels don't produce at night when ev's are mostly charging
      • 3 Months Ago
      398lbft!! bi-turbo awd(hopefully rear biased) 7 speed diesel in that sexy trim....oh yeah!
      FordGo
      • 3 Months Ago
      Notice the right wing infiltrate the BBC to produce bull. The invasive power of money, in politics, in the news, across society. Now do you understand how hard it is to get a capitalist system to pick the BEST option, instead of the best option for the rich?