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About Alysha Webb

China’s auto industry is a fascinating story. I know that as well as anyone, having covered it for Detroit-based Automotive News from 2002 until 2008. I also covered the U.S. side of the industry for Automotive News from Los Angeles. Now, as a freelance automotive journalist based in LA, I see the emerging “green” vehicle sector as a convergence of my China expertise and automotive industry expertise. I talk to a lot of people on both sides of that combination. I gotta have someplace to unload!

To see my entire background, which includes more than a decade of China experience, check out my Linked In page (boy, those Linked In people really hit on something, didn’t they?) : http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alysha-webb/4/796/890

26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2010 12:33 am

    Hiya,

    Looking good. Love your new theme. More relevant to your content.

    You can change the photo with one of your own. Go to header and change it there.

    Keep it up.

    Cheers Miss…

    • July 15, 2010 5:22 pm

      Thanks! I don’t have a good photo of my own yet. But will change it when I do!

  2. October 19, 2010 5:57 pm

    Showing off with the FCX Clarity are we? I am really, really jealous.

    Bill Fisher

    • October 19, 2010 6:02 pm

      It was a very nice drive. Alas, not many places to fill up…. Also visited Honda’s solar home hydrogen refueling station. Cute. No price tag yet, though!

  3. Ben S permalink
    December 2, 2011 1:44 pm

    Hello Alysha,
    Interesting blog! You may want to change your blog title text to white; the black gets lost in the photograph.
    Cheers!

  4. December 23, 2011 4:49 am

    hi Alysha, nice meeting you at the conference in Shanghai and good to hear your questions to the speakers…

  5. Marc Chang permalink
    January 4, 2012 5:56 am

    Hi Alysha,
    Will you attend: 2011 Global New Energy Vehicle Conference
    ―China and the Future of Global New Energy Vehicle ?
    http://www.d1ev.com/uploadfile/newsfile/20111222061645_588.pdf

    Shall we get some more revelations during this Conference?
    The Parallel Forum 1 held on Jan 6th seems to be particularly interesting!

    Regards,

    • January 4, 2012 7:35 pm

      Hi Marc, Only if someone pays my way. I’m pretty broke right now!

      Best, Alysha

  6. January 5, 2012 6:25 am

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    • January 5, 2012 5:21 pm

      I am sure my blogs are plagiarized, but I haven’t seen it and have no way to control it. The price of popularity, I guess….

  7. August 3, 2012 5:06 pm

    Hello Alysha– I just recently saw your blog and joined as a follower since I am working in the clean transportation technologies area and we have a program working to expand these technologies in China’s medium and heavy duty truck and bus sector starting with a Summit in Beijing in October. Is this of interest to you. Please let me know

    • August 3, 2012 5:40 pm

      Hi Susan,
      Good to hear from you. I just got off the phone after a long conversation with Christina Lampe-Onnerud about Boston Power’s battery operations in China. I am very interested in what work CalStart is doing with China. One thing Christina and I talked about is how important fleets are to growing the EV sector in China. The summmit sounds very interesting. Unfortunately I can’t make it to China in October but will be there in December. But, CalStart is in Pasadena, is it not? So I could visit you here. I live on the west side of LA.
      Alysha

  8. August 19, 2012 11:21 am

    Hi Alysha

    Really interesting comment on US/China EV market. We’ve been working with a consortium of companies including energy, utilities and researchers and developers in fuel cells, batteries and 2nd life usage. We’ve been focussed on what’s happening in Europe in the main, but have been approached by both the African and Middle-Eastern markets.

    It would be really interesting to get your perspective on some of the issues and arguments we’ve come across including:

    Electric vehicles versus extended range/hybrids vehicles
    Lead-acid, Lithium Ion, Hydrogen, Alkaline and fly wheel as energy supply and storage options
    Battery/fuel cell reuse/recycle -optimum time for removal and associated costs.

    Incidently, a significant proportion of batteries from Europe are sent back to China for re-cycling (hardly the most energy or eco-efficient way to do things!).

    Do get in touch and let me know whether you’d be interested in developing a truly International view of what’s happening worldwide.

    Best regards
    Pip Errington

    • August 19, 2012 5:18 pm

      Pip,
      Your email is very timely as I am about to write a short story for the company newsletter of Efficient Drivetrains Inc. regarding a study being conducted by the California Center for Sustainable Energy on extending EV battery life. The first phase of the study is complete. Rather than have me tell you what CCSE found, I suggest you contact Mike Ferry mike.ferry@energycenter.org. I believe that you and he, as well as the CCSE and your orgznization, would have much to discuss. I would also love to hear more about what you are finding out.

      Best,
      Alysha

  9. August 30, 2012 3:27 pm

    Hi Alysha

    Thanks for getting back to me. I will indeed contact Mike as you suggest, so that we can compare notes.

    We will be completing the first phase of our researches into viablity of 2nd life options and have already been approached to look at the different types of fuel cells/batteries for both mobile and fixed-storage use.

    Once we have completed the first phase, I’d be happy to give you a summary outline of our findings that we hope will assist in moving things forward in what is, as yet, an unexploited market with great potential.

    Best regards
    Pip

  10. January 7, 2013 9:48 am

    Hi Alysha,

    I just read your article about GM’s car sharing plans in China at plugincars. Really interesting – thanks for your research! I’m working for Mobility Carsharing, Europe’s biggest car sharing organisation, based in Switzerland.

    We’ve recently been developing the necessary technology to make car sharing work (reservation platform, fleet management etc) and are now ready to share this technology with others.

    Do you have any idea of the person in charge of car sharing at GM? They might well be interested in our technology and experience. It would be great if you could put me in touch with GM.

    Kind regards,

    Eva Helmeth

    • January 7, 2013 4:45 pm

      Hi Eva,
      I am going to post the blog with some additional info on ChinaEV as well. You can contact David Reeck, manager of Electrification Strategy for GM China. He is in charge of the car-sharing program in China His email is david.reeck@gm.com.
      Best,
      Alysha

      • January 7, 2013 4:52 pm

        Hi Alysha,
        Thanks for getting back so quickly! I’ll indeed contact David and look forward to your post on this topic.
        Regards,
        Eva

  11. Arthur buonamia permalink
    April 30, 2013 4:29 am

    Excellent web, have feeling something bubbling in China on Ev front for export.

  12. brian permalink
    August 29, 2013 3:57 pm

    Hi Alysha if growing EV use in China is so important to their goverment why is it that they don’t mandate the use of EV’s to all municipalities throughout the country when there current vehicles need replacement? It seems like “no brainer?

  13. basil van rooyen permalink
    November 12, 2013 11:37 am

    Greetings Alyisha from downunder, Your articles on EV’s and China are amazing and too much to read all! However the latest one involves a subject in which I am intensely involved.When you have read the following, you will see why an affordable PHEV will not create emissions at the fossil-fuelled power stations. The three links to websites will be worth your reading. The Protean one is being developed in China, and 2/3 investment is from there, 1/3 from US.
    One of the great challenges facing all nations this century is reducing the air-pollution emitted by all vehicles. Seventy million new cars are produced annually, adding to city smog and health issues. Electric vehicles reduce emissions significantly, but their cost is many times that of their petrol equivalents. Until this is overcome, only a niche market can afford them, making them a nice conversation piece, but irrelevant as a global green solution.
    • Electric cars (EV’s) like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi IE, cost three times as much as a petrol equivalent.
    • EV’s give limited ranges of about 150km, causing range-anxiety, and flat batteries could cause traffic chaos.
    • EV’s 150km range batteries need longer charging times – adding emissions at fossil-fuelled power stations
    • Plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV’S) like the Chevy Volt, solve the range-anxiety by having a back-up petrol engine.
    • PHEV’s solve the power-station emissions by having a smaller 70km range battery, enough for average daily commuting, & needing only overnight charging at home, when power stations cannot and do not switch off.
    • BUT, the PHEV also costs about three times that of an equivalent petrol car.
    Can this massive price-chasm to an affordable PHEV be bridged in the near future?

    Three new technologies have emerged, which could make emission-free average daily commuting affordable:

    • A new battery has been announced, with triple density, and about half the cost, and scheduled for mass production in two to three years – see http://www.enviasytems.com. Other battery competitor developments are also in the pipe-line.
    • An electric “In Wheel” motor, eliminates a car’s entire transmission – gearbox, clutch, drive-shafts, and C/V joints, representing a massive saving in cost, weight, friction and bulk. One such development, already in an advanced prototype stage, is the Protean in-wheel engine. See http://www.proteanelectric.com .
    • The back-up petrol engine in the PHEV Chevy Volt, is a 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine producing about 100 kW. A new patented technology CITS two-stroke engine,, which eliminates burning all its lubricant as two-strokes usually do, can produce this same output, from just two cylinders. CITS makes possible a V-twin so well-balanced that it can run about 60% more smoothly than before. So now the renowned low-cost of a two-stroke engine can be taken further with the cost-saving of two cylinders. In a simple PHEV, where the engine charges the batteries on-the-run when needed for longer trips, it can run at constant rpm, where it can be super-tuned for power, emissions and economy. See http://www.citsengine.com.
    Smart Investors enabled the former two inventions to become commercial realities for industry. The CITS engine has passed early prototype stage, and now seeks funding via a share-offer in CITS PL for the final stage, direct fuel-injection and scientific data publication by world leaders in this highly specialised field – the key to gaining the attention of the motor industry. That is the strategy in place for the CITS technology, whose inventor was awarded a nomination by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE-A) for “Excellence in Automotive Engineering” and has an independent appraisal by an internationally respected expert. CITS PL owns the IP and patents in over 20 countries, in which up to 60% shareholding is offered in a formal Information Memorandum.

  14. AndyS permalink
    January 20, 2014 8:25 am

    FYI Alysha,
    You provide a valuable service on this blog. Not sure if you can read Chinese, but Google does a pretty good job on this IMHO. Mini EV and their business model.

    国家酝酿推行微型电动车 小范围示范试点
    记者10 日从第四届全球新能源大会上获悉,国家主管部门
    正在研究在全国部分城市开展小范围示范试点工作,以加强
    管理,规范市场,对微型电动车的发展“谨慎扶持”。
    据中国汽车工业协会副秘书长叶盛基介绍,国家正研究制定
    相关政策,推动微型电动车向准电动车发展,未来国家将提
    升微型电动车的安全标准,确保符合环保要求,并不断提高
    微型电动车的电池性能。
    据有关方面统计,国内微型电动车市场潜力巨大。“去年国
    内销售达35 万辆左右,今年有望增至50 万辆。”有车企人
    士称。
    在金沙江创业投资董事总经理潘晓峰看来,微型电动车将成
    为我国新能源汽车产业的一个主要增长极。潘晓峰举例称,
    微型电动车在浙江等省份发展迅速,与 当地采取的租赁模
    式有关,如 2000 元左右就能租到一辆微型电动车,使消费
    者的用车成本大大下降,促进了微型电动车快速成长。据了
    解,已在美国纳斯达克上市的浙江康迪车业是国内微型电动
    车的代表企业,受益于国内新能源汽车产业的广阔空间,公
    司股价自去年底以来已创历史新高。(来源:上海证券报)

    AndyS

    • January 20, 2014 4:51 pm

      Thanks for this. Is doesn’t provide much concrete info regarding government support of mini-EVs however. The government has been looking at the sector for a while. There is still the issue of low-speed vehicles, electric or otherwise, being allowed on the street in many cities, is there not? Still, the sector is worth checking out more closely. I see that Wuling is more aggressively marketing its small EV car. Of course there are already established players such as Kandi. But Wuling has a large distribution network. What is your involvement in the industry?

  15. brian permalink
    February 12, 2014 9:21 pm

    HI ALYSHA LOVE YOUR BLOG– HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE TECHNOLOGY BETWEEN TESLA AND BYD AUTO ARE THEY COMPARABLE?

  16. February 14, 2014 4:32 pm

    Hi,Thanks! Tesla and BYD both have all-electric automobiles but other than that they are not too similar. Tesla uses many smaller consumer lithium-ion batteries in its array while BYD has its “own” lithium iron phosphate battery technology. I put that in quotations because there is some question if BYD actually invented the battery. But we can’t know that much about it because BYD is very secretive about its technology.

    I am not a techie so I won’t go into more details for fear of being incorrect. But I do think Tesla’s entire system, including battery management, etc. is more robust than BYD’s where passenger cars are concerned. If BYD would be more open about its technology we would be able to better assess how robust its entire system is.

    Alysha

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