Shanghai EXPO Buses are Unveiled.

With less than 2 weeks to go, things on the EXPO site are starting to take shape, and one of the recent highlights was the unveiling of the EXPO buses that are going to be on site moving the estimated 400,000 - 600,000 daily visitors around the site: The first batch of 40 passenger buses at the World Expo site, running on a variety of green energy sources, began test operations yesterday. The…

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Electonic Cars in China Face Tough Road Ahead

Last week, while attending the FCC luncheon on China's auto sector, a bit of time was spent on the clean car segment in China.  It is a segment that has received a lot of attention lately as many of China's firm launch their products, global investors look to China's prowess in the battery sector, and the Shanghai Auto show put a lot of green out on display. But for one consultant, Klaus  of TNS,…

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US Fears China Cleantech Dominance. Why?

Early on in my time in China, it was clear to me that the system in China was well suited for developing technologies that would become leader in the cleantech space. They were investing in battery technologies that were going to power mobile phones and laptops to be exported in consumer goods, but the underlying investments were going into developing car/ truck technologies. At the same time, t…

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China Stimulates Hybrid Purchases

To encourage the purchase of hybrid vehicles in 11 cities, the Ministry of Finance has recently announced a subsidy program aimed at taxi, bus, and other transport companies: The government promised to give companies and institutions, which purchase and use such vehicles, lump sum subsidies to offset their extra cost on fueling efficient cars than ordinary ones. Meanwhile, the central governmen…

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China’s Green Cars

The recent news that Warren Buffet has invested in battery maker BYD, and the news that BYD is going to launch it first car next month, are simply signs of things to come. There are solar cars, hybrid cars, new engines, and so on. One of the more interesting exposes on China's green fleet came earlier this month in Forbes (authored by Chris O'Brien).  In his article China's Green Cars, and thr…

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