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?
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 ...
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
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
- $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
Pictoral Below: Auto China 2014
Let's Do This Thing!
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)
"Don't Look At Anyone Else's Booth Dammnit"
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 (the trucks)
Another Example Of...Not A Plug-in
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
Venucia E30 (nee Nissan LEAF) Available To The General Chinese Public Beginning This September
Venucia E30 Lithium Battery Pack Looks Strangely Familar
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!
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
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
Time To Wind Down The Day WIth A Little...Duck?