Shanghai VW will be producing the first electric car under its own brand image

Volkswagen’s joint venture with SAIC Motor plans to make an electric car, joining Nissan, Daimler and other automakers planning green car projects in the world’s biggest auto market.

The company will produce Tantus, a car that is already on a list of approved new vehicles, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Additional details about the EV are not available.

In May, the ministry also disclosed that Volkswagen’s other Chinese joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co., will produce an electric vehicle for the partnership’s newly created Kaili brand.

Volkswagen says it expects to begin production in China by the end of 2013 or early 2014. A Volkswagen spokesperson notes the Chinese government is encouraging joint ventures between domestic and foreign car makers.

Shanghai VW produces cars under the Volkswagen and Škoda marques.
It has an annual production of 500 000 automobiles. In 2009 the production output was nearly 700 000 cars.