Elec­tric Cars

The South Korean Rooper Teikom plans to launch the pro­duc­tion of elec­tric cars in Asaka.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - REGIONS -

The project is es­ti­mated at 2 mil­lion US dol­lars. It is planned to ar­range pro­duc­tion of cars by the end of next year. In ad­di­tion, Chi­nese com­pa­nies are ac­tively seek­ing to co­op­er­ate with Uzbek­istan in this di­rec­tion. For ex­am­ple, the Changan Au­to­mo­bile Group has re­ported that the com­pany in­tends to or­ga­nize the pro­duc­tion of elec­tric cars in the Ferghana Val­ley.

The Chi­nese au­tomaker’s plans in­clude in­vest­ment, in the first stage, of about $ 15-20 mil­lion in the cre­ation of a site for a large-head assem­bly of more than a thou­sand elec­tric ve­hi­cles a year, with 100-150 peo­ple em­ployed. For­eign in­vestors are con­fi­dent that their cars will be­come wor­thy com­peti­tors of the gaso­line Chevro­let Spark and Chevro­let Nexia, both in terms of price and qual­ity.

In the sec­ond phase, full-scale lo­cal­iza­tion of pro­duc­tion will be or­ga­nized with the at­trac­tion of the ca­pac­i­ties of en­ter­prises in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially since the Ferghana Val­ley is the heart of the do­mes­tic au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try: dozens of ma­jor en­ter­prises for the pro­duc­tion of com­po­nents are lo­cated here. In gen­eral, in Uzbek­istan, the com­pany in­tends to fo­cus on the pro­duc­tion of mod­ern cars with a hy­brid en­gine or fully elec­tric power unit.

And cru­cially, it is not a Chi­nese start-up striv­ing to ex­pand into in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. Changan Au­to­mo­bile Group Co Ltd is part of the so-called Big Four of Chi­nese auto man­u­fac­tur­ers. The com­pany has joint ven­tures with Ford Mo­tor, Suzuki Mo­tor, Mazda Mo­tor and PSA Peu­geot Citroёn. Changan is head­quar­tered in Chongqing.

It was the Changan Au­to­mo­bile Group that launched the first Chi­nese elec­tric car pro­duc­tion in 2012, the Changan E30, which re­ceived five stars in safety tests. To­day the com­pany boasts six pro­duc­tion sites in the PRC, along with 15 fac­to­ries man­u­fac­tur­ing cars and en­gines out­side the coun­try. These ca­pac­i­ties al­low for pro­duc­ing over two mil­lion cars and the same num­ber of en­gines a year. In ad­di­tion, it is ac­tively in­vest­ing in re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D); its nine re­search cen­ters are lo­cated in China, Italy, the UK, the US and Ja­pan.

An­other Chi­nese au­tomaker go­ing to set­tle in Uzbek­istan is He­nan Suda Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy. The com­pany is con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up an assem­bly pro­duc­tion of elec­tric cars in Bukhara, which can be launched by late 2020. Plans of the Chi­nese part­ners in­clude in­vest­ment of tens of mil­lions of dol­lars. He­nan Suda is one of the most dy­nam­i­cally de­vel­op­ing young com­pa­nies in the seg­ment of pro­duc­tion of so-called ‘clean’ cars. Re­cently, the man­u­fac­turer an­nounced its in­ten­tion to build a new tech­no­log­i­cal plat­form in China for the pro­duc­tion of up to 100 thou­sand elec­tric cars a year.

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