Electric Car

Tesla blaze renews safety concerns with electric cars

A quick charger for BYD taxis in a Hong Kong parking lot overheated and emitted smoke in June. Photo: David Wong

When debris on a freeway near Seattle, Washington, pierced the battery of a US$70,000-plus Tesla Model S and touched off a raging fire, it raised new safety concerns for owners of electric cars.

Friday, 4 October, 2013, 2:19pm

Financial benefits of green cars touted

Nissan wants electric cars to have more appeal. Photo: Bloomberg

Nissan Motor is joining General Motors and Tesla Motors, the largest US sellers of rechargeable cars, in promoting the money-saving benefits of battery-powered cars over saving the planet.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:14am

Guangdong eyes green car growth

BYD says strong car sales over the past few months will boost its net profit by up to 4.2 times in the first quarter. Photo: May Tse

Guangdong plans to spend 57.3 billion yuan (HK$70.82 billion) over the next 10 years to lead the mainland in producing new-energy vehicles, but will still fall far short of the sales target.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:18am

BYD charges ahead with Hong Kong e-taxi plans

Carmaker BYD aims to have thousands of electric taxis operating in Hong Kong over the next two years. Photo: SCMP

BYD chairman Wang Chuanfu laid out a bold plan yesterday to replace 3,000 taxis running on liquefied petroleum gas in Hong Kong with its e6 electric cars within two years.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

China Digest, March 11, 2013

The municipal government plans to buy 5,000 electric vehicles this year, the Beijing Times reports. Most of the vehicles will be used by civil servants or bus companies for public transport.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:14am

Chance to host Formula E electric car race missed as pollution soars

The haze yesterday, as the air pollution index soared to over 200 in Causeway Bay. Photo: Felix Wong

Formula E Holdings, promoter of the Formula E Championship, also made public its preliminary list of eight cities selected to host races next year - omitting Hong Kong.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:29pm 10 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 18, 2013

Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Photo: AP

It is common for employees in Hong Kong to work long hours. There appears to be no change in this state of affairs despite efforts by the government to change the working culture.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 1 comment

Saab's hometown prays for electric vehicle revival

Saab's hometown prays for electric vehicle revival

Saab Automobile is raising fresh hopes in its Swedish hometown as the mothballed brand gears up for another revival, more than a year after it went bankrupt.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

320km/h Grand Prix electric car racing on cards for Hong Kong

Formula E event would foster city's green image.

Grand Prix motor racing could be coming to Hong Kong - but not as we know it. A Hong Kong-based consortium, Formula E Holdings, is planning to bring Formula E, high-speed electric-car racing, to the city's streets next year as part of a global circuit of 10 cities including Rome, London and Rio de Janeiro.

13 Jan 2013 - 5:39am 11 comments

US plans to require quiet cars to speak up to cut pedestrian toll

2012 Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle in the showroom of George Matick Chevrolet auto sales in Redford Michigan. Photo: Reuters

Electric cars, which have near-silent engines, will need to have noise-making devices installed to let people know they are near, under a US government proposal.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

Business Digest, December 10, 2012

Country Garden hit its full-year contracted sales target of 43 billion yuan.

Toyota Motor, the world's largest carmaker, was set to delay the launch of a new line at its factory in Tianjin because a decline in its Chinese sales was likely to continue, Japan's Asahi newspaper reported. 

8 May 2015 - 4:41pm

Business Digest, November 5, 2012

Canada delays decision on CNOOC's Nexen bid.

Brightoil blames heavy losses on poor demand

5 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Carmaker BYD caught in drag from solar business, lower car demand

BYD didn't profit from lower sales of Japanese cars. Photo: AFP

Mainland electric carmaker BYD's third-quarter profit slumped 94 per cent due to weak domestic demand and losses from it solar panel business.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:25am

Electric car an idea that may have had its day

Beijing is having a serious rethink over its ambitious electric vehicles policy.

The central government has assembled the top experts and policymakers on electric and hybrid cars at a meeting in Wuzhen, in Zhejiang province, this week.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Chance to test drive an electric car

Electric vehicles will be one of the highlights of InnoCarnival 2011.

Visitors will find out about the latest green car technology, and those with a valid driving licence can test drive the most up-to-date electric cars at the event.

About 50 organisations will showcase their new technology at the carnival at Hong Kong Science Park this weekend.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am