BAIC opens its first electric vehicle (EV) research and development centre outside China
The BAIC EV150 (Pic: BAIC)
Chinese company Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BJEV), part of BAIC International Corporation, has opened its first research and development center outside China, the BAIC EV R&D Center in Silicon Valley, California, which opened officially on August 21st. BJEV described the opening of the facility as a milestone for the company which demonstrates the ability of the Chinese electric vehicle industry to operate globally instead of merely confining its activities to China. The center is aiming to produce three EV models with ranges from 124 miles to 248 miles (200-400 kilometers) with the first vehicle possibly appearing at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in 2016.