Oregon Gears-Up For Chinese Imports

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
oregon gears up for chinese imports

Last week, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski clinched a deal to bring Nissan’s pure-electric cars to his state. Then, he went on to Shenzen, China. “At BYD Auto Co., China’s fast-growing automotive star, a plug-in electric hybrid sedan is just weeks from meeting millions of Chinese consumers” writes the Oregonian. “The F3DM, which runs up to 80 miles on a single charge and packs a 7-gallon tank, will probably launch in the United States by 2010.” The Governor wants it to be built in Oregon. On Friday, he met with BYD President Wang Chuanfu. On a 10-day business trip through Asia, Kulongoski had laid out his vision to automakers in Japan and China: Electric charging stations every 60 miles along interstates. Tax incentives for Oregonians to buy electric cars. Tax bonuses for drivers to build car chargers in their garages. And, unspoken, but you can bet on it: generous incentives for those who bring their factories to Oregon. Then, Kulongoski has guanxi, connections, indispensable for a successful Chinese deal…

The Governor has a powerful ally: Patrick Reiten, president of Pacific Power, one of Oregon’s main electricity providers. His company is owned by Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. It just so happened that this company bought a 10 percent stake in BYD for about $230m.

Another Oregonian ready for the Chinese: Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Port of Portland. His port is a major entry point for Japanese and South Korean cars. Wyatt had intensive talks with BYD, along with all other Chinese carmakers in preparation for the coming onslaught of Chinese cars. “Eventually, one of these Chinese car manufacturers is going to begin large-scale exports to the United States,” the Oregonian quotes Wyatt. “Whoever it is, we’ve gotten to know them at this point.” Glad to hear that someone is ready for the inevitable.

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  • Paul Niedermeyer Paul Niedermeyer on Nov 24, 2008

    AG: the big problem with your idea is the lack of a ground to complete the (any) electrical circuit. The rails on the train are grounded. There are, of course, many others too, too may to list here, but that one is a good start.

  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Nov 24, 2008

    @Herr Niedermeyer: 2 wires? Trolley bus type?

  • 28-Cars-Later I would think this is a good thing. Assuming typical Chrysler resale hits the Hornet, its pretty close to an Alfa for less.
  • Luke42 I charge at home whenever I can using a 220V outlet in my garage and a Tesla Mobile Charger.Charging at home is *much* cheaper than DCFCs, and also more convenient. DCFCs are just for roadtrips. Superchargers (and other DCFCs) cost about 3x charging at home, so they're only worth it if you're on a roadtrip.My local grid is also pretty clean -- MISO can be as much as 48% wind + nukes (both zero-emissions) on a good day. A typical day is 1/3rd zero-emissions, 1/3rd NG, and 1/3rd coal.Every EV owner who can charge at home does, because it's the best way to charge.
  • Inside Looking Out Solar energy. It is in abundance in California.
  • 28-Cars-Later Hydroelectric of course.
  • Spookiness I have the ugly 2010 model with old fashioned 4AT and is has been the best used car I've owned, and for the longest. Still quite solid at 150k. I keep my eyes open for a 2012+ MT, but they are hard to find. DCT, no way. It's a shame bc otherwise the car is good.