Ever since last summer's Olympic Games put the issues on the world stage, Chinese officials have been working hard to alleviate some of the poor air quality, high traffic and fuel consumption woes that its largest cities have been facing. Various measures have been put into effect, such as banning vehicles on specific days based on license number, lowering taxes on fuel efficient vehicles and raising the price of gas.
After investing a few hundred million dollars into alternative powertrain research, China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) says that it's finally ready to produce its first hybrid car. Nothing too fancy, just a mild hybrid with an electric motor that isn't capable of powering the vehicle without the assistance of the gas-powered engine. The battery pack, at least, is a suitably high-tech lithium ion unit that will be supplied by Johnson Controls, which has a Jeremy Korzeniewski
Although mocked by some competitors, BYD continues to shout about deployment of its alternative powertrains. As we mentioned recently, BYD has everything ready to produce and sell all-electric and plug-in versions of the F3 sedan. According to Xavier Navarro
As it currently stands, gas in China costs about half what it does in most other countries, and the government spends billions to keep it that way. This being the case, expensive hybrids like the Toyota Prius don't sell in very large numbers. Still, there are a number of analysts who predict that gas will go up in China and that cheaper hybrids could begin to get a foot-hold in the Chinese market. To test the hybrid waters, Chery has introduced its home market to a new inexpensive mild hybrid bu
In case you're not familiar with First Automobile Works (FAW), as its name suggests, FAW was the first company in China to mass produce vehicles. Their Jiefang CA-10 medium truck began production in 1956. They have a bit of a history in electric and hybrid cars as well, building the Prius in China for Toyota through a joint venture and building the Miles range of NEV's, an electri