02 May 2016

Beijing Motor Show 2016 - Sustainability Highlights

This year's Beijing Motor Show introduces further advances in sustainability - a market segment which is no doubt going to continue to become mainstream as air pollution in China's capital continues to cause concern (see here for realtime figures).

Here are the sustainability highlights by manufacturer (only some of which will be household names outside China).

Audi Connected Mobility Concept

Tackling urban mobility is a huge challenge, and Audi has developed a new concept, which attempts to address one aspect - the 'last mile', especially where congestion (or lack of parking) is a problem.

Audi's Connected Mobility Concept
Hidden within the rear bumper of a Q3 SUV is a longboard, which is electrically powered, and charged by the car.  The car's sat-nav integrates with appointment calendar, and can determine if it's quicker to park the car locally and take the longboard to the final destination.

Audi's longboard in action


BAIC Motor have introduced a new concept car, the ARCFOX-7.  A 4WD system delivers a maximum speed of 260kph, and 0-100kph acceleration in less than 3 seconds.

Citroën (Dongfeng) E-Elysée

Due in 2017 in China, an all-electric version of the C-Elysee.  A Lithium-ion battery promises a 250km range, and can be charged in as little as 30 minutes.

Citroen E-Elysee

CH Auto Qiantu K50

Chinese manufacturer Qiantu Motor (majority owned by C H Auto) have revealed their near-production K50 electric sports car (and Roadster version too).  An electric motor for each axle will generate 408hp, and there should be a 300km range.  It's got solar panels on the roof.  

Qiantu K50
A new factory will be able to produce 50,000 clean-energy vehicles, expanding to 500,000 eventually.

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

VW are on a mission to put their 'diesel-gate' challenges behind them, and there's no better way than continue their path towards electrification.  A new hybrid Touareg replacement is inevitable, and the T-Prime Concept GTE gives us a good indication of their plans.

Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE
Volkswagen claim the car will have an electric-only range of 31 miles... and 87mpg using the NEDC cycle.  A 14.1 kWh battery is mated to a 2.0 litre petrol engine, with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and 4 wheel drive.

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