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About Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon When not researching the Chinese electric car market, I am teaching in China. My interest in sustainable development started in University and it led me to work with Tesla Europe in the Supercharger team. I'm interested in science fiction, D&D, and travel. You can follow me on Twitter @TimDixon3.



Author Archives: Tim Dixon

Xpeng Motors Unveils Xpeng P7 At Auto Shanghai 2019

April 18th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon

Xpeng Motors, a Chinese EV startup, has unveiled the Xpeng P7, an electric sedan/coupe with 600+ km (300+ miles) NEDC Range, a reported 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) time of just 4 seconds, dual motors (which enable four-wheel drive), and a semi-autonomous driving system


China × Cleantech — March 2019

April 16th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon

Welcome to the next issue of China x Cleantech, the March 2019 edition. For our full China × Cleantech history, stroll over to the “Future Trends” section of our website


China × Cleantech — February 2019

March 9th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon

Welcome to the next issue of China × Cleantech, February 2019 edition. A new year has come and the news keeps flowing. For our full China × Cleantech history, stroll over to the “Future Trends” section of our website


CATL & Honda Sign 56 GWh Battery Cooperation Agreement For EVs & Hybrids!

February 11th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) is one of the top suppliers of EV batteries in China and has been making inroads into supplying companies outside of China, such as BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Renault. Now we have news that Honda has signed an agreement with CATL for 56 GWh of batteries


Tesla Supercharger Development In China — 5 Year Review & The Future

January 20th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon

Tesla has helped move the idea of electric cars from niche sci-fi or hippy dream into something mainstream. Part of the way it did this was by creating a compelling product package — the car, sales experience, repair center experience, and recharging infrastructure that was based around the needs of electric vehicles and their owners: Superchargers


China × Cleantech — December 2018

January 6th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon

Welcome to the next issue of China x Cleantech, our December 2018 edition. The year has closed, but let us review the final interesting cleantech developments from China last year


China × Cleantech — November

December 30th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Welcome to the next issue of China x Cleantech, our November 2018 edition. As the year starts to close, we are still getting interesting developments from China, but we have to cover the numerous developments in November before getting to those. In order to aggregate and summarize the November highlights, here’s another edition of our monthly China × Cleantech feature, also published over on the “Future Trends” section of our website. See last month's edition for more


China × Cleantech — October

November 30th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Welcome to the next issue of China x Cleantech, October edition. As always, China has produced a steady stream of stories — some got covered here on CleanTechnica and others slip under the radar. This monthly feature helps to better inform you of the rapid changes happening in China. China × Cleantech is also published over on the “Future Trends” section of our website. Here's the previous report in case you missed it


China × Cleantech — September

October 26th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Welcome to the next issue of China × Cleantech, September edition. This monthly report is how we attempt to keep you informed on the rapid changes that are happening in China. In case you missed previous editions or want to dive back into one of them, our China × Cleantech features are also published over on the “Future Trends” section of our website. You can also subscribe to our China × Cleantech newsletter


China × Cleantech — August

September 28th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

The world is changing fast, but many worry it is not fast enough, so let's review the biggest cleantech news from China in August. As always, there’s much news out of China. In order to aggregate and summarize the highlights, this edition of our China × Cleantech feature separates the stories by a handful of broad topics. This report is also published over on the “Future Trends” section of our website


China X Cleantech — End of Q2, 2018

July 7th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

The second half of Q2 2018 has been notable and the flood of news from around the world continues. In China, the flood of developments is so massive that we can only show you a keyhole insight into what is happening


8 New Electric & Plug-In Hybrid Cars In China

June 10th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

A number of new electric car models come onto the scene each month in China. Below are 8 of the interesting fully electric and plug-in hybrid models that have arrived recently


Volkswagen & JAC Unveil SOL E20X

April 24th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

On the 24th of April at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen Group held a massive press conference showing off cars like the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo, Lamborghini Urus, and other high flyers, but the most interesting to the Chinese market was the SOL


Top 10 Battery Companies For Chinese Electric Buses

April 14th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

2017 was another big year for the deployment of electric buses in China, with 89,546 electric buses deployed, but who supplies the batteries that are creating the world's largest electric bus fleets in the world? For this, we need to find the 2017 Chinese installed capacity


Volkswagen’s 1st Chinese EV — Built With JAC

April 14th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Pictures of Volkswagen's first Chinese electric vehicle built via its joint venture with JAC recently surfaced from patent filings. The vehicle looks very similar to the iEV7S, with some minor cosmetic changes


Chinese Battery Giant CATL To Become #1 EV Battery Producer By 2020?

April 14th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Editor's note: This article follows up on our report last week that Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) was recently approved to hold an initial public offering (IPO) that targets raising $2 billion or so. Tim Dixon, based in China, dug into this topic a bit more for a story on EV Obsession. We're reposting that story below


China 100% Electric Bus Sales “Just” 89,546 In 2017

February 4th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

The Chinese market for pure electric buses had approximately 89,546 sales last year. This is down from 115,700 sales in 2016. This means that year on year, the market sales decreased by 23%. Reports indicate that this decrease is down to multiple factors, but mainly due to changes to electric bus subsidies from Chinese national and local governments


EV Revolution In China — Next Stop: Delivery & Freight Vehicles

January 6th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Electric vehicles are not all sexy next-generation roadsters or Chinese AI-linked car startups — the mundane backbone of the economy of logistics vehicles is also undergoing electrification. Tesla brought much rightful attention to its electric semi, but in China a large shift in medium- and short-range logistics vehicles is also happening


Chinese Electric Vehicle Subsidy Changes In 2018 — The Details

January 6th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

As 2017 drew to an end, we got news on China's electric vehicle subsidies for 2018. Major changes lie ahead. Firstly, the new subsidy policy is designed to encourage higher range and lower energy consumption in electric vehicles, while removing and decreasing subsidies to lower ranged models. Additionally, a key policy change is that regional subsidies are coming to an end in China


It’s Not Just Shenzhen — Jaw-Dropping China Electric Bus Roundup

January 6th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

We've published a couple of articles recently on Shenzhen's dramatic electrification of over 16,000 buses — something completely unprecedented around the world. But to say this is an isolated case of Chinese electric bus leadership would be to miss the much bigger and broader story. Below is a roundup of electric bus stories from China from November and December. The full article on EV Obsession covers the whole year, January–December of 2017, in this way. Check it all out if you want to really be blow away or want to turn your brain into a mesh of electric bus stories and statements. —Zach


China’s 1st Electric Airplane Gets Range Boost

January 4th, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

On November the 2nd of 2017, the updated version of China's first electric airplane had its maiden flight. It is a two-seat electric trainer aircraft — similar to the Pipistrel electric aircraft plus other industry efforts to develop electric aircraft or hybrid aircraft and the required components and subsystems


100% — Chinese City’s Record-Smashing 16,359 Electric Bus Fleet

January 3rd, 2018 | by Tim Dixon

Electric buses are a fun topic. They offer smoother, quieter, cleaner transport that leaves passengers, drivers, and everyone nearby feeling better. We get excited about electric bus orders that for 4 buses, and we get really excited about orders for a couple of dozen electric buses. Hundreds? Come on, don't be crazy! But enter into China and there's a vast difference regarding what's "possible" and what's happening. We already published one story on this news, but this EV Obsession piece from Tim Dixon offers more context regarding one of the biggest electric mobility stories of the past year (or decade), so we had to share. Enjoy! Also, Tim's first baby is on the way, so wish him some good wishes during this momentous month



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