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Author Archives: Tim Dixon

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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