Shandong Becomes Hub of Low Speed Electric Vehicles

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Shandong Province has long been a home to low speed electric vehicles, but now the many enterprises have gained an official governmental okay with a nod from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to continue their work as Shandong Province has been confirmed as low speed electric vehicle test zone.

For many years Shandong Province has turned a blind eye to the development and operation of low speed EV’s on its roads which has helped the province grow its EV base to 20 automakers that produced just over 1000 electric buses in 2012 of which 980 were sold. Even more amazing is the fact that 128,000 low speed EV’s were produced in Shandong last year, an increase of 68.6% with 125,000 being sold, an equal increase of 68%.

Shandong Economic and Information Comittee Director Yang Shao Jun was quoted as saying that the Development of New Energy vehicles in Shandong Province is not entirely ideal at the moment and requires the support of governmental departments and also the introduction of subsidies to kick start the industry and lead it in the right direction.

The news is likely to be a major bonus to companies such as Shi Feng Electric Cars, this group has been making low speed EV’s for a number of years with sales reaching over 10,000 units in 2012. Consumers of such vehicles are usually elderly or disabled users who use the vehicles to continue with their lives unheeded, again many of these vehicles are uninsured and unlicensed but they are gaining in popularity due to low costs.

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2 Comments

  • dragin
    October 7, 2013

    Early on, Shandong Province had a number of low speed EV start-ups. Some of those like Fybo, Huoyun, and Lujo have gone belly up but there were others like Baoya, Xinming, Incalcu, and Lujun that may still be managing to stay afloat. The Smart Car look-alike seemed to be the preferred body design choice.
    As for Shifeng, back in 2011 CBU reported on a five billion renminbi investment by them in an EV industrial park in Shandong. I don’t know how far along that has gotten. Back in 2008 Shifeng was also in a discussion with Electrovaya of Canada about bringing EVs to North America. Am guessing that idea died.

  • dragin
    October 8, 2013

    And we can’t forget Shandong Jindalu who makes EVs for Zap in the U.S..

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