GM-Wuling keep on topping sales in China
The electric car sales of the Chinese manufacturers BYD, Nio and Xpeng increased significantly in April. The GM-Wuling HongGuang Mini EV continues to see higher sales than any other electric car in China, while Tesla reports somewhat confusing figures for April.
China’s NEV sales are picking up again
In China, the decline in sales figures for new energy vehicles appears to be levelling off as some manufacturers’ sales figures for July seem to indicate. The Xpeng P7 market launch also apparently went well.
China appears to be rethinking EV subventions
In view of the sharp drop in electric car sales, the Chinese government is considering extending its subsidies for new energy vehicles beyond this year. This comes contrary to the government’s original plan of phasing out those subsidies.
China: GAC debuts long-range e-SUV Aion LX
GAC New Energy Automobile, GAC’s electrified offshoot, has launched the second model of its Aion EV series in China. The new vehicle, the Aion LX, is a purely electric SUV with CATL cells and a range of up to 650 kilometres (NEDC).
China continues VAT exemption for cleaner vehicles
The purchase of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, the so-called New Energy Vehicles, will remain exempt from VAT in China until the end of 2020. This has now been confirmed by the Ministry of Finance and the State Tax Administration in a joint statement.
When quantity is put over quality
According to a recent survey in China, nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they regretted buying a new-energy vehicle (NEV). Batteries are the most common customer complaint: Problems range from draining too fast, to running dangerously hot, others do not perform as advertised. Around 40 NEVs spontaneously combusted in China last year.
China requires EV makers to recycle batteries
Beijing just published new rules that hold makers of electric vehicles responsible to collect and recycle their batteries. The industry ministry also calls for a service network through which the public can repair or exchange their old batteries.
FAW-Volkswagen to launch 7 Audi EVs in China by 2020
The joint venture FAW-Volkswagen plans to roll out seven new energy vehicles under the Audi label in China by 2020. The line-up will include both PHEVs as well as pure electric cars such as Audi’s upcoming electric SUV that will also be made in China.