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21China sold only 7,000 electric automobiles in 2013

Sales Likely To Increase, As Total Sudsidies Can Now Total $19,500 In Some Cities

The goal of the plan is to have five million EVs on the roads by the end of 2020.

12Zotye electric taxi fire caused by shoddy Chinese-built battery pack

Back in early May, the second plug-in vehicle related fire in 2011 came to our attention. Sometime in mid-April, an electric Zotye Multipla taxi burst into flames in Hangzhou, China. Firefighters supposedly arrived on the scene within minutes, but couldn't control the blaze and the vehicle transformed into a "fireball." Luckily, the driver and two passengers escaped sans injury.

16More details emerge on Zotye electric SUV [w/video]

Zotye electric SUV – Click above to watch video after the jump

18Zotye electric taxi burst into flames in China

The second plug-in vehicle related fire in 2011 has come to our attention. Apparently, sometime in mid-April, an electric Zotye Multipla taxi burst into flames in Hangzhou, China. Firefighters supposedly arrived at the scene within minutes, but couldn't control the blaze. According to the China Auto Web, the vehicle turned into a "fireball," but luckily, the driver and two passengers escaped without injury. The exact cause of the fire has not been revealed.

AddDemand for Zotye - the $20,000, highway speed, electric SUV - much larger than expected

I recently wrote about a company called Spark EV that plans to sells Zotye, a $20,000, highway speed, electric SUV soon. Unfortunately, the order page says the company is not taking new orders even though it seemed the cars were for sale. What's going on? Too much demand! Michael Papp of Spark EV tells me his "back of my mind" goal for Zotye sales for this year was 250-300. Michael soon found demand would be a tad higher.

AddZotye electric SUV: $20,000, highway speed, 100-mile range and just 60 DAYS AWAY!

I was watching a new report about Arkansas' first electric car dealership, Electric Transportation of Arkansas (you can see it for yourself below the fold). Electric car dealerships that sell low speed electric vehicles you can legally drive around most neighborhoods aren't anything new in the U.S. I was almost not going to write about it ... until the newscaster says the ETA will sell a highway-speed electric SUV for $20,000 with 100-mile range!

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