China’s Chang’An Releases Hybrid Car

Saturday, December 15, 2007 10:08
Posted in category The Big Picture

the Shanghai Daily, and others, reported yesterday that the Chang’an group has put out the nation’s first hybrid car, and that it is to hit the streets next year.

Not a surprise to me, I find China’s drive for energy efficient products to be one that will show them to be true innovators and leaders in teh Clean Tech game.

Surely, there are bound to be some safety questions, but my question to you the readers is. What is more important? Building a hybrid electric car that passes U.S./ E.U. safety tests, or licensing the technology?

For me, I am of the mind that if you own the batter you own the car, and that with all the money that is flowing into China specifically for battery investments… it will be a Chinese group that brings the first real long life batteries to market. They have already got the e-bike market cornered… and I am sure there are a number of technologies in those bikes that can be expanded upon for cars.

Thoughts?

Would the development of this hybrid system give Chang’An a competitive product that Other firms (American, Japanese, etc) would find interesting?

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One Response to “China’s Chang’An Releases Hybrid Car”

  1. Fleet Driver Trainer says:

    October 2nd, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I think the people who sit on the oil reserves might be slightly concerned!