Great variety of electric vehicles in China but no electric cars spotted.

On a recent trip to China’s Beijing and Shanghai I was pleasantly surprised to see good use of  electric power in a number of vehicles from Scooters and trikes to some service vehicles. Here is a selection of some of the rides spotted including scooters and palace work vehicles. Whats even more interesting are the homemade trikes which are made to work with a battery and motor.

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One thing missing is a decent electric car. Busses in Beijing can work off overhead electric lines meaning no pollution at point of use. Its a step in the right direction, but taxis and cars remain dependent on the internal combustion engine meaning poor air quality in big cities.

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The Chinese are pioneering cheap electric scooters that cost as little as $300 USD and can carry two people. The funny looking bikes are Chinese made and designed and sold at a variety of outlets and most probably rely on lead acid batteries. We have no idea about typical ranges, but the design looks rugged enough to take a good degree of pounding. In fact the scooters look so functional, utilitarian in a sort of cross between a moped a cycle that I want one to ride around on in the UK and at around 20% of the cost of an electric bike, its a smart deal financially too.

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