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Carmakers Show a Futuristic Green Vision in Beijing!

May 04, 2010 by Kailani Joy

This year’s Beijing Auto Show featured nearly 100 cars powered by electricity or some other alternative to petroleum. The list of hybrids and electric cars on display were a grand vision of what China’s roadways could look like in the next few years—but the timing is uncertain. Almost all of the advanced fuel-efficient vehicles on display are still in the concept and testing stages.


Beijing Auto Show 2010

A few highlights (original article here):

Chevy MPV5

General Motors unveiled the Chevy Volt MPV5, a stockier version of the Chevy Volt that uses essentially the same plug-in series hybrid powertrain—although the bigger size means a reduction of all-electric range to about 32 miles. Doug Parks, chief engineer for electric vehicles, said the MPV5 “demonstrates the flexibility” of the Volt’s propulsion system—but Alan Taub, GM’s head of global research and development, recently told AutoCar that the system would be too big for cars smaller than the Volt. GM also showed the Cadillac Converj, which has been officially canceled, and the Cadillac XTS Platinum plug-in two-mode hybrid concept in Beijing.

Mitsubishi Motors, which rolled out the all-electric i-MiEV in Japan last year, plans to introduce its small electric car to China by 2012. The company wanted to bring the i-MiEV to China this year, but Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko said, “We don’t have enough capacity to produce the batteries.”

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

BMW will launch its Megacity electric vehicle in 2013, said Norbert Reithofer, BMW Chairman of the Board. The company has been gathering insights into the day-to-day use of electric vehicles since mid-2009, and will expand the evaluation to China this year, when 50 Mini E cars are delivered to Chinese customers this year, and a number of BMW Concept ActiveE vehicles next year.


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