Chery has started construction work on a new plant capable of making 60,000 pure electric vehicles a year.

A report in the China Daily newspaper said the plant in Wuhu, Anhui province, will produce pure electric vehicles with aluminium alloy frames.

The first phase of construction is set to be complete September this year and will produce 10,000 pure electric cars each year. The first model of this production line will be a small SUV, the report said.

The second phase of construction will be finished by the end of next year.