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Beijing hosts smart-car contest

By Li Fusheng (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2016-06-03 13:53

Beijing hosts smart-car contest

Fast-tracking the development of energy-saving smart cars is the purpose behind a new innovation contest which began in Beijing on Thursday. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Fast-tracking the development of energy-saving smart cars is the purpose behind a new innovation contest which began in Beijing on Thursday.

The event is designed to attract projects featuring new lightweight and energy-saving technology, improved performance and safety, innovative design, as well as smart cars.

It's run by China EV100, an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of new-energy vehicles, as they gain popularity in China.

Chen Qingtai, head of the organization, said "the smart new-energy vehicle sector is in urgent need of innovation."

"The contest will serve as a platform and pool resources for outstanding entrepreneurs," he said.

The organizers said the contest was open to applicants from across the world. They can start enrolling by registering at www.carieda.com, with preliminary contests starting in October ahead of the final in January 2017.

A nursery program was also started to help promising projects gain better development at incubators established by companies in the industry, including BAIC BJEV, NextEV, Lifan and ZD.

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