Passenger cars face new scoring system
China will impose tough regulations in April 2018 on passenger car makers and importers to reduce energy consumption and expand sales of new energy vehicles or NEVs.
Automakers and importers will be evaluated each year for both fuel consumption of traditional cars and the output of NEVs.
They will be given two separate scores, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. If they fail to amass enough credits for either traditional vehicles or NEVs, they may face penalties and their products may not be allowed on the road.
To gain a positive score, car manufacturers must make enough NEVs to accumulate credits higher than 10 percent of their traditional vehicle output by 2019. The proportion will be 12 percent in 2020.