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SAIC Displays Six Models of New Energy Vehicles to Be Used at Expo 2010; Commercialization Plans for Hybrid, PHEV and BEVs by 2012

At the China International Industry Fair held earlier in November in Shanghai, SAIC Group displayed six models of new energy vehicles, which will serve the Expo 2010. Of those models, two made their premiere at the Fair. The models were the Shenchi Brand 4-seat battery-electric car; the Shenchi Brand 11-seat fuel cell vehicle; the Shanghai Brand fuel cell car; the Shanghai Brand hybrid; the Buick LaCrosse hybrid; and the UNDP fuel cell bus.

SAIC has set clear targets for industrializing new energy vehicles in combination with the 2010 World Expo Shanghai, including the introduction of mild-hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV) by 2012:

  • SAIC will introduce the Roewe 750, a mild-hybrid car offering a 20% boost in fuel economy compared to the conventionally powered model, into the market in quantities in 2010.

  • The Roewe 550, a plug-in strong hybrid car offering a 50% boost in fuel economy, will enter the market in quantities in 2012.

  • In the same year, SAIC-made and branded battery-electric vehicles will also enter the market.

SAIC Group says it has set up a relatively complete new energy vehicle industrial supply chain, laying a solid foundation for integrated vehicle development. As a leading auto maker in China, SAIC says it adheres to the principle of “making independent innovations, integrating resources both at home and abroad and utilizing overseas and domestic strengths at the same time”.

While seeking international cooperation, SAIC has actively fostered domestic parts suppliers and eventually put in place an industrial chain that is strategically safe and independently controlled by SAIC.

The plug-in hybrid system developed by SAIC has entered the prototype-making stage. This technology helps circumvent the technical barriers erected by Toyota, General Motors and other overseas and domestic hybrid product makers, SAIC says, so that people can expect SAIC-made new energy vehicles to be equipped with electric transmissions in 2012.

SAIC Expo 2010 Gallery
Shenchi Brand 4-seat electric inter-pavilion car (for service within the Expo Zone). The bodywork is made of high-strength glass fiber-reinforced plastic. The chassis is made of parts for mini vehicles. The powertrain adopts advanced overseas and domestic products. Maximum speed is 35 km/h (22 mph) and the continued driving mileage is up to 80 km (50 miles).
Shenchi Brand 11-seat fuel cell sight-seeing car (for service within the Expo Zone). The vehicle features front and rear independent suspension, four-wheel disc brake, electric power steering and vacuum brake booster. Maximum speed is 40 km/h (25 mph) and the continued driving mileage is up to 80 km (50 miles).
LaCrosse hybrid car (for service outside the Expo Zone).The LaCrosse hybrid car is the first such in the mainstream B-plus models made in China. The car is equipped with a 2.4L ECO engine plus an all-new hybrid powertrain. For urban driving, LaCrosse ECO-Hybrid can improve fuel economy by 16% and more, and meets the EU IV emissions standard. (Earlier post.)
Shanghai Brand fuel cell hybrid car (for VIP service inside the Expo Zone). Shanghai Brand fuel cell car is the first SAIC-developed and branded fuel cell hybrid. A plug-in hybrid, the vehicle uses the battery as the main power source (rechargeable with 220 V direct current) and a small hydrogen fuel cell system for auxiliary power. For short distance driving, the car can run on the battery pack. For longer distances or when the battery runs out, the car can shift to a hybrid driving mode, where the fuel cell generates electricity and produces enough electricity to drive the car while supplementing the power battery with electricity in the meantime.
Shanghai Brand hybrid car (for VIP service outside the Expo Zone). This mild-hybrid vehicle uses a BSG system (belt driven starter generator) system. Top speed is 205 km/h (127 mph). The Shanghai Brand hybrid car offers a 20% boost in fuel economy and can be expected to go to the market at the end of 2010.
UNDP fuel cell bus (for service on the Expo Avenue inside the Expo Zone). This vehicle is specially developed for implementing the phase II project of GEF/UNDP, i.e. Demonstration Project of China’s Fuel Cell City Bus Commercialization. It adopts the advanced dual fuel cell system independently developed in China. Using an advanced ultra-low-floor structure, this model is a high-end mainstream city bus.



It is amazing to note how fast Chinese manufacturers can come out with various new mass produced products.

What is their secret?

If they keep it up, they may very well take a major share of the future electrified vehicles world market.


'What's their secret' you ask? In a word - Communism.

If the leader says 'do it' it gets done, simple as that. In the Communism system there is no second party to debate/stall/obstruct you.

Of course that kind of system only works if the leader isn't wrong. ;^)


Which of these is mass produced ?



The list of mass produced Chinese products is much too long to fit on this site and it is getting much longer every day.

The amazing story is that they are introduced so fast. GM may take 6 years to come out with a new product while their Chinese counterpart will do it in about one year. When GM finally comes out with their first generation, their Chinese counterparts will be selling their 3rd or 4th generation.

Again, how do they do it so fast?


I assume the answer is;
"None of these are yet mass produced."

"How do they do what so fast?

When these are in production and are affordable and have adequate quality we can ask.

Why are the BYD F3DM and e6 not included?

Are they old news ?



I guess that there was not enough room on these pages to include all of the BYDs.


The communist party doesn't tolerate lobbyists I guess.


The communist party does not allow unions either, which may be one of the great ironies of the last 100 years.


I would hardly call Chinese car makers fast. They have been building cars with Western JV partners for 20+ years, yet they really haven't yet made a world class vehicle on their own. They have had ample time to copy steal, and innovate, and have made some progress. But where is the Chinese own branded B,C or D Segment standard bearer cars that can compete with the Fit, the Corolla, or the Malibu?

Harvey, I know that you like to cheerlead for the Chinese, but you have to admit that in the mass production of cars ( and not just Chinese press releases, which are worthless - TT has it exactly right), they are in reality, slow. It seems to me that the management traditions and ubiquitous presence for the one-party system is the underlying reason that they are so slow to be able to do things on their own.


Isn't this the same issue many have had with the US car industry.
Not everyone being so familiar with the (new) Malibu.
Actually, that's quite a tricky name from the historians perspective.


@ai vin

To be exact, one should note that what you describe isn't communism but dictatorship or, to be really completely exact, totalitarianism.
You could (theoritically) have a democratic communist regime in which a government couldn't impose anything on its people. But that's the theory. In practice, people everywhere in the world have tried, and it always ends in a totalitarian regime, or stops being communist.
How come people continue trying?


Frankbank - Too many of us forget that China's (and India's) industrial revolution just started a few years ago and that it had a lot of catching up to do.

In another decade or two we will be amazed to see what those two countires will accomplish. They are fast becoming the world's factories and that will include cars soon.

Most of what we wear, watch, communicate and work with is already made there. You may have to add (ride with) to the list very soon.

SJC - Have you seen many unions at Walmart lately? It is one the biggest and most successful firm in USA and even in the world?

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