The price gas in China is practically on par with a liter of locally made wine, Chinese drivers are looking to various widgets to install in their cars to lower gas prices or even moving to lower grade gasoline if they can find it in the city limits. Hybrids are something that never took off in a big way in China, but with local governments offering subsidies dependent on the gas saving ability of a particular hybrid, these æ··åˆ(hun he – hybrid) motors are starting to make sense in the real world, the only obstacle being no market ready cars as of yet.
Enter Geely: Geely produced the Emgrand EC7 mid range sedan in late 2010 with a 1.8 gasoline engine, now they are readying a mild hybrid version named the EC7 GSG that has a larger than normal alternator and battery on board which allows for stop/start situations, if you pull upto the traffic lights or a junction and depress the accelerator the engine automatically cuts out and starts again once the accelerator is pressed. This system is considered a mild hybrid but does cut out gas use when sitting idling, it seems like a perfect short term solution.
Want to know what GSG stands for? Geely Stop-Go. Brilliant.