BAIC 200EV battery pack

BAIC 200EV battery pack

Electric car sales in Beijing are surging like in the whole of China.

The largest player in the Chinese capital is BAIC, which noted 66% of all 6,223 sales in Beijing so far this year through June.

In six months, sales far exceeded the 5,510 units sold in Beijing in the whole of 2014.

"The government has made electric cars more appealing by offering subsidies. In the lotteries through which many Chinese cities allocate number plates, drivers also have a far better chance of getting a plate for an electric car than for a regular vehicle."

To get one of the most popular models, the BAIC 200EV, customers must place a down payment and wait a month.

The 200EV is equipped with 30.4 kWh battery for some 200 km range and 53 kW (peak) electric motor with 180 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) takes some 15 seconds.

Tesla probably is see growing demand due to its increasing number of stores (currently about 10 in China), but has had some issues with getting cars registered in Beijing through the lottery.

BAIC Group chairman Xu Heyi forecast that China will become the largest electric car market in 2016, if not this year.

Source:  WantChinaTimes.com