China's elevation to be the world's biggest motor manufacturer doesn't include individual bespoke designs, but Tang Zhenping's prototype could be the way forward. Using a jumble of parts from an old motorbike, scooter and the interior of a Xiali car, Mr Zhenping has built an electric car with a wind turbine that effectively extends the battery life, and so the range of the vehicle, by three times. It cost him £1000 and took just three months to get the single seater on the road. Top speed is 70mph and as the turbine kicks in after 40mph is reached, running costs are tiny. A 2 or even 4 seater model would be the next phase in development and Mr Zhenping is hoping that a manufacturer will take up his idea to help the health and environment for all the Chinese people.
Despite rising levels of unhealthy emissions, electric vehicle sales in China have been disappointingly low even though pollution from cars and trucks is recognised as being an enormous problem.
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