Auto China 2014 In Beijing: Just Another Day In The Life

3 years ago by Jay Cole 7

Its Auto China 2014!

Its Auto China 2014!

So you love going to auto shows to see what’s new in the plug-in industry?  We do too.

How The Heck Am I Going To Find Anything Here?

How The Heck Am I Going To Find Anything Here?

InsideEVs has caught just about all of them this year.  Tokyo, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, etc…heck we even covered the Bucharest show (although I confess to not having anything to do with that one myself).

But Auto China (formerly the Beijing Motor Show) is something unto itself.

Obviously, the logistics of going to China aren’t the easiest thing in the world, and it is only held bi-annually.   And as such, this story really isn’t about the plug-ins in attendance; we have already done a bunch of those…and there is more en route, but about the show itself.

The trip, with a 3 day passport window for Beijing in hand, is just a scant 14 hour trip across the pond.  Then the moment you leave the confines of your plane you realize you have lost a further 12 hours thanks to the time change.

And to some extent you have lost your ability to breathe.  Capturing smog on camera at ground level isn’t the easiest thing, but we gave it a shot.

This Is *cough* A Picture *cough* Of *cough* The Entrance To ...

This Is *cough* A Picture *cough* Of *cough* The Entrance To …

To say Auto China 2014 is a big show is an understatement.  It is massive…and it is crowded.  Personal space is certainly at a premium; especially since some scheduling conflicts didn’t allow us to make the first press day.

...This Better Be A Good Show

…This Better Be A Good Show

BYD Was The Big Player At Auto China

BYD Was The Big Player At Auto China

We’ll let the picture diary (below) express the vibe of the show but leave you with a few bullet highlights:

  • BYD (as expected) had a huge presences
  • Mercedes-Benz had probably the largest display of the automakers most of us are familiar with
  • attendees are 99% men, models are 99% women
  • we did not expect to see the Chevy Volt, or any concepts from Mitsu there – yet they were
  • over-the-top shows and questionable objectification of the ladies are ominpresent
  • Jiaozi and duck are delicious after a long day

Cost of the adventure?

  • $3,000 for the flight + hotel
  • $10 for the show ticket
  • $16 paid to the hotel trainee to go on a little impromptu city tour

Big Question:  Will we go back in 2016?  Hmm, give us about 23 months to recuperate…and we’ll let you know.

Pictoral Below:  Auto China 2014

I'm Hydrated - Let's Do This Thing!

Let’s Do This Thing!

Oh Man, This Is Going To Be A Long Day

Oh Man, This Is Going To Be A Long Day

This Is The Changan e-M80 Commercial Van.  My Mandarin Is A Little Rusty But It Appears To Have a 55 kW motor (75hp) And A Top Speed Of 90 km/h (56 miles)

This Is The Changan e-M80 Commercial Van. My Mandarin Is A Little Rusty But It Appears To Have a 55 kW motor (75hp) And A Top Speed Of 90 km/h (56 miles)

So What Are You Saying?

“Don’t Look At Anyone Else’s Booth Dammnit”

Not Quite Sure What This Is, Perhaps Something From Geely.  Looks Nice.

Not Quite Sure What This Is, Perhaps Something From Geely. Looks Nice Though!

Most Things At The Show - Not Plug-Ins.  Check Out These Land-Whales

Most Things At The Show – Not Plug-Ins. Check Out These Land-Whales (the trucks)

Another Example Of...Not A Plug-in

Another Example Of…Not A Plug-in

Ford Brought An Impressive Contigent Of All-Electric Cars (shown above)

Ford Brought An Impressive Contingent Of All-Electric Cars (shown above)

Hey, Wait A Minute...That's A Dude With The BYD Tang Plug-In Concept

Hey, Wait A Minute…That’s A Dude With The BYD Tang Plug-In Concept

Venucia E30 (nee Nissan LEAF) Available To The General Chinese Public Beginning This September

Venucia E30 (nee Nissan LEAF) Available To The General Chinese Public Beginning This September

Venucia E30 Lithium Battery Pack Looks Strangely Familar

Venucia E30 Lithium Battery Pack Looks Strangely Familar

DENZA EV A Big Hit - "Now How Do We Show Off These Blasted iPad Apps Again?"

DENZA EV A Big Hit – “Now How Do We Show Off These Blasted iPad Apps Again?”

 

Yes, It Does Take THIRTY-TWO HOURS To Charge A Denza From A Standard Chinese (1.5 kW) Wall Socket!

Yes, It Does Take THIRTY-TWO HOURS To Charge A DENZA From A Standard Chinese (1.5 kW) Wall Socket!

Tried To Take A Shot Of The DENZA/ABB Wall Box (22kW) But All These Flippin' Models Kept Getting In The Way

Tried To Take A Shot Of The DENZA/ABB Wall Box (22kW) But All These Flippin’ Models Kept Getting In The Way

 

Hey Another Reason To Not Like China - They Get This Volvo s60L Plug-In

Hey Another Reason To Not Like China – They Get This Volvo s60L Plug-In

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There Is More Pics In This Series, But We Are A Family-Friendly Site

DENZA Booth Not Quite Sure About Their Catch Phrase In English - Could Use A Little Work

DENZA Booth Not Quite Sure About Their Catch Phrase In English – Could Use A Little Work

Time To Wind Down The Day WIth A Little...Duck?

Time To Wind Down The Day WIth A Little…Duck?

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7 responses to "Auto China 2014 In Beijing: Just Another Day In The Life"

  1. ffbj says:

    Booth not both. Nice article.

  2. Boris says:

    And questionable objectification of the ladies are ominpresent – so it’s a must see for me in 2016 :)))

  3. Mikael says:

    Nice… =)

  4. Mark H says:

    Probably did not see the sun for your entire journey. You think breathing in LA is tough until you have been to Beijing and other cities like Chengdu. The world talks about China’s use of coal and pollution but there is a good chance that they enter the solar and EV world with a vengeance and surpass the US in cleaning up their act faster than we do. And I hope they do.
    P.S.
    Where did you get the good part of that duck? I only saw piles of duck tongue beside the chicken feet on my visits.

    1. Anon says:

      Mmm, chicken feet. *gag, puke, retch*

  5. James says:

    Blatant People’s Republic Of China symbol on that guilded LEAF, er, Venucia E30 charge door rather gaudy and excessive, huh?

    Great depiction of our future big cities’ air quality if we do not soar into an electric transportation future. COUGH! COUGH!

    I found the photo of the non plug-in SUV quite…well…compelling for some odd reason. Perhaps it was my well-hewn instinct to save that poor, poor damsel from her predicament – attached to that bad bad SUV without a charge door in sight!

    Just look at that throng of humanity! A representation of the world’s largest car market. All serious players ( InsideEVs guys! LOL! ) – I mean, AUTO INDUSTRY PLAYERS – need to succeed in this market to find the sheer volumes of EVs to bring down pricing for all of us worldwide.

    Thanks Jay – for an intriguing, interesting and captivating view of a world so foreign to most of us who wish they traveled more.

    I’ve been to Singapore and Hong Kong. That’s my limited experience in Asia. Each place was daunting in the sheer massive numbers of people fighting for space everwhere I went.

  6. Jorge says:

    What hours is the show open to the public?
    I have not been able to find open hours anywhere.