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Chinese Carmaker Commissions Detroit Electric to Co-develop Electric Car

Dongfend produces cars for Kia, Nissan, Honda and Peugeot Citroen in China

Published: 23-Jun-2009

Dongfeng has commissioned Detroit Electric to jointly research, develop, market and sell Electric Vehicles in China using Detroit Electric’s electric drive systems.

The Chinese company will provide the cars, and Detroit Electric will provide the propulsion, similiar to the arrangement that DE has with Proton. But the DE-Proton deal involves rebadging the Persona and GEN2 under the Detroit Electric brand, but for Dongfeng, the two companies will study and explore the market entry strategy under the Dongfeng and Detroit Electric brand.

The two companies are also discussing the possibility of forming a joint venture company to manufacture, assemble, produce and supply the electric drive technology in China to the Dongfeng Group and other vehicle manufacturers that want to buy the technology.


TREV two-place electric car

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Overall, the subsidy works out to a little over 20 per cent, which means a saving of Rs 4,000-7,890. Pictured is Hero Advanta electric scooter.

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