Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Beijing Auto Show: Chinese Upstarts Take On the Electric Car Market

The Beijing Auto Show is the latest opportunity for China to showcase fruits of the estimated 37 billion yuan ($5.6 billion) invested into new-energy vehicles over the past five years. Highlights include models from BYD Co., the automaker backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. that is collaborating with Daimler AG; and the concept from Faraday Future, which counts tech billionaire Jia Yueting as a major investor. Photographs by Qilai Shen/Bloomberg.

The automaker behind the LeEco LeSEE concept shares a co-founder with Faraday Future and follows Tesla's Model 3 design playbook, with a grille-less front.

New Chinese brand Cowin Motors used crowdsourcing to design its X3 SUV prototype, which will be unveiled this year.

First shown at CES in January, the Faraday Future FFZero1 gives a preview of what can be expected out of the 900-acre Nevada factory the company recently began to break ground on.

Jianghuai Motor Co., a maker of commercial trucks and city cars, shows its range in new-energy vehicles too, with a number of different body styles including the iEV6E.

Two years ago, the Chinese government official's car brand FAW sold one of its limousines for 5 million yuan (then $803,300). This year it wants to steal the show again with the Red Flag H7 PHEV. 

The Chery FV 2030 plug-in hybrid concept is just hitting the auto show circuit from Jaguar Land Rover's joint venture partner.

BAIC, the automaker reaching 55 years into the past in trying to revive the defunct Borgward brand, says "Hello, future!" with its Arcfox-7 all-electric supercar concept that boasts 603 horsepower.

Headrests inside the BAIC Group Arcfox-1 concept. The carmaker claims a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and top speed of 186 mph.

China's automakers are expanding their reach abroad—BAIC Group designed the Arcfox-1 concept out of Barcelona, Spain. 

With China unable to get enough of Beijing Auto's SUVs, the carmaker is testing demand of electric variants with the EX200.

A BYD EV300 sedan.  The automaker perhaps best known for drawing an investment from Buffett's Berkshire has made raising the profile of its brand a top priority. 

SAIC Motor, which has formed a partnership with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is integrating Internet technology with vehicles including its Roewe ERX5.