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At the Chengdu Auto Forum, SAIC’s vice president, Mr. Xiao Guo Pu, announced that the Roewe 550 plugin sedan will launch in 2012. In a talk entitled ‘going greener and greener’ Mr Xiao announced SAIC’s plans for a greener line up of cars, of which the plugin 550 was a major feature.

Mr. Xiao claimed that SAIC are setting the standard for the electric car industry, and are working faster on the industrialization of hybrid and plugin electric vehicles and also carrying out research on hyrdogen fuel cells. Later this year we will see the launch of the Roewe 750 hybrid, which is also at work at the World Expo where SAIC delivered 1100 hybrid vehicles which are being used as service cars.

In 2012 Roewe will have launched the 550 plugin electric sedan and will also have another pure electric vehicle that they will launch. The 1100 cars delivered to the World Expo are a mixture of hybrid, pure electric and fuel cell vehicles, all of which are performing extremely well according to Mr. Xiao, with 97% being used on a daily basis and many of them working beyond the scope of their original limitations.
 

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Lets hope we get an MG version in the UK. Hopefully with some local parts by then!

Where are they with the hydrogen powered car, Honda had one in california a while ago and this looged very interesting?
 

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Lets hope we get an MG version in the UK. Hopefully with some local parts by then!

Where are they with the hydrogen powered car, Honda had one in california a while ago and this looged very interesting?
The Chinese government decided against investing in the hydrogen infrastructure in the near future and are invesing in electric recharging points instead and so with no fuel available the hydrogen car has been put in storage. They are introducing large subsidies for electric cars so they will go ahead rapidly.

It's not clear from that quote but the Plugin Roewe 550 is in fact a strong hybrid with a 1.5L petrol engine for boost and when electric power runs low. The pure electric mentioned is the SAIC E1 which was unveiled earlier this year.
 
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