GACMo­tor to help build green expo

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By QIUQUANLIN in Guangzhou qiuquanlin@chi­

GACMo­tor Co Ltd, the sub­sidiary of the Guangzhou Au­to­mo­bile Group Co, has signed an agree­ment with a lo­cal science in­sti­tu­tion to build a low-car­bon and new en­ergy ex­hi­bi­tion, aim­ing to pro­mote an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly life­style.

“As a ma­jor car­maker in the Pearl River Delta, we are de­ter­mined to pro­mote bet­ter life styles by pro­duc­ing more new en­ergy cars in the near fu­ture,” said Yu Jun, gen­eral man­ager of GACMo­tor.

Un­der the agree­ment, GACMo­tor and the Guang­dong Science Cen­ter will build a low-car­bon science ex­hi­bi­tion, a new-en­ergy ve­hi­cle test­driv­ing cen­ter, a new-en­ergy sci­en­tific sem­i­nar cen­ter and a dis­play zone for newen­ergy cars within the next fewyears.

“The launch of the low car­bon and new en­ergy ex­hi­bi­tion will help pro­mote wider use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” Yu said.

Ac­cord­ing to a devel­op­ment plan for new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, by 2018 Guangzhou will have been de­vel­oped as a pi­lot zone for China’s new en­ergy au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try.

An in­dus­trial leader in the Pearl River Delta, GAC Mo­tor is set to build a na­tional lab­o­ra­tory, fo­cus­ing on the re­search and devel­op­ment of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles and cov­er­ing the core tech­nolo­gies of bat­ter­ies, elec­tric en­gines, pro­cess­ing and electro­mechan­i­cal cou­pling and sys­tems in­te­gra­tion, ac­cord­ing to GuHuinan, vice-gen­eral man­ager of the com­pany.

“We will launch more than 10 new en­ergy ve­hi­cle va­ri­eties in­clud­ing hy­brid power, ex­tended-range and elec­tric ve­hi­cles, in the next five years,” Gu said.

The com­pany’s GA5 PHEV was launched in De­cem­ber 2015. Sales of the hy­brid power elec­tric car reached more than 3,000 units in 2016, with more than 1,000 units be­ing used by pop­u­lar on­line car­shar­ing ser­vice providers Didi and Uber.

In 2017, GAC Mo­tor said it would launch four new en­ergy cars — the GA3S PHEV, GS4 PHEV, GA6 PHEV and A0 SUV mod­els— Gu said.

Ac­cord­ing to Lu Jin­gui, di­rec­tor of the Guang­dong Science Cen­ter, the low-car­bon and new en­ergy ex­hi­bi­tion, cost­ing 30 mil­lion yuan ($4.33 mil­lion), will be in use by 2018 and cover 2,400 squareme­ters.

“Build­ing the new-en­ergy ex­hi­bi­tion will help di­ver­sify the science cen­ter, pro­mot­ing a bet­ter liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” Lu said.

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