The report suggests that all new passenger vehicles produced in China beyond 2012 will be required to carry mild hybrid technology that's commonly referred to as a battery-alternator-starter setup (BAS) or, as the Chinese like to call it, a battery-starter-generator (BSG) system. The BSG mild hybrid system can reduce fuel consumption by about five percent and is less costly than many other fuel-saving technologies. As Dongfeng Motors told the Global Times, under mass production, a BSG system only costs $147.50 (U.S. at the current exchange rate) per car. If costs are truly this low, then the decision to require automakers to equip vehicles with this hybrid technology seems like an obvious choice as China actively seeks out methods to reduce its gasoline consumption and abate its smog problem. There's sure to be more on this developing story, so check back soon.
[Source: Global Times]