Over in China, state-owned carmaker Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co is set to begin sales of its first electric car in Beijing from September, according to reports.

The vehicle is a compact sedan which will offer a 100 km travel range and a 130 kph maximum speed. No further details were available about the EV, which is codenamed C30DB, though the pricing was indicated – the sedan will be priced at 300,000 yuan, which is around RM140k, though government subsidies in effect means that buyers will need to pay only 180,000 yuan (RM83,500), the reports add.

Earlier this year, the Beijing city government started restricting new car sales in the Chinese capital to 20,000 units per month in a bid to ease the traffic congestion in the city. Electric vehicles, however, are exempted from this restriction, so it looks like the upcoming BAIC EV will provide more than just the ‘going green’ alternative as far as options go.