Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) wants to get into the hybrid
business starting next year. They have built two dozen electric and hybrid cars
for use by officials during next years Beijing Olympic games and they hope to ramp production up to 10,000 hybrids a year by 2010. SAIC has long had joint ventures both Volkswagen
and General Motors
. It's unknown if the new hybrid system will be in-house designs or licensed from one of their partners. The GM
belt-alternator-starter mild hybrid system seems like a possible candidate for a first application.