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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

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


WM Motor’s New EX5 Electric SUV & Weltmeister Brand

December 19th, 2017 | by Tim Dixon

In Shanghai, on December 11th, 2017,  WM Motor Technology Co. held a ceremony to reveal the first car under the new Weltmeister brand, the EX5. The new brand plans to start taking orders in April and hopes to start deliveries of its new sports utility vehicle in the second half of


Chinese Auto Giant BAIC Going 100% Electric By 2025

December 18th, 2017 | by Tim Dixon

On the morning of December the 9th, 2017 at the inauguration of the Beijing New Energy Vehicle Technology Innovation Centre, the president of BAIC Group promised to end the sales of BAIC fossil fuelled passenger cars by 2025, making it the second Chinese automaker to make this commitment


China Green Licence Plate Scheme Going National

December 10th, 2017 | by Tim Dixon

On the 20th of November, it was announced that China's green new energy license plates would be rolled out across the nation in three stages. Previously, the green licence plates had been implemented in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Jinan, and Shenzhen on the 1st of December of


Tencent & Guangzhou Auto’s iSPACE Concept Car & “AI in Car”

December 9th, 2017 | by Tim Dixon

On the 16th of November, on the eve of the 15th Guangzhou International Auto Show, Guangzhou Auto (GAC) held a pre-show introduction of its strategic vision of the future, along the lines of "Intelligence and Enjoyment," and it presented the new electric iSPACE concept car


Volkswagen & JAC Put $12 Billion Into Chinese EV Boom

November 25th, 2017 | by Tim Dixon

Bloomberg reports that Volkswagen has outlined its electric vehicle investments in China with an announcement of investment of $12 billion over the next 7 years with its Chinese joint venture partner JAC (Anhui Jianghuai Automobile)


DiDi’s Huge Role In The Quickly Developing Chinese (& Global) Electric Car Ecosystem

November 9th, 2017 | by Tim Dixon

Didi Chuxing (China's Uber-like ride-hailing service) has been in the news recently. It announced 1) plans to create its own electric car charging network, 2) a partnership with NEVS for one million electric self-driving cars, 3) that it's a partner in Changan Automobile Group's $15 billion Shangri La electric vehicle transition plan, and 4) that it has the world's largest EV ridesharing fleet



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