Beijing to add 1,628 more auto charg­ing piles

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday -

Beijing will add 1,628 more pub­lic charg­ing piles for the new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by Beijing Youth Daily.

The new charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be placed in crowded ar­eas near shop­ping malls, hos­pi­tals, ho­tels and parks in more than 10 dis­tricts around the city, the news­pa­per said, quot­ing sources with the mu­nic­i­pal de­vel­op­ment and re­form com­mis­sion.

So far, the city has a to­tal of 132,000 charg­ing piles for new en­ergy ve­hi­cles.

New en­ergy ve­hi­cle sales went up 49.5 per­cent yearon-year to 101,000 ve­hi­cles last month, while pro­duc­tion rose 39 per­cent to 99,000 ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to the China As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Sales of pure elec­tric ve­hi­cles rose 31.7 per­cent year-on-year in Au­gust to 73,000 ve­hi­cles while sales of plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles soared more than 130 per­cent to 28,000 ve­hi­cles, CAAM said.

In re­cent years, China has in­ten­si­fied ef­forts to en­cour­age the use of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles to ease pres­sure on the en­vi­ron­ment by of­fer­ing tax ex­emp­tions and dis­counts for their pur­chases.

China has re­mained the world’s largest new en­ergy ve­hi­cle mar­ket for three con­sec­u­tive years, with some 777,000 ve­hi­cles sold last year.

A to­tal of 607,000 new en­ergy ve­hi­cles were man­u­fac­tured in China through Au­gust this year, while 601,000 were sold in the na­tion dur­ing the same pe­riod, in­creases of 75.4 per­cent and 88 per­cent year-on-year, re­spec­tively.

CAAM es­ti­mated that over 1 mil­lion new en­ergy ve­hi­cles will be sold this year, while the Min­istry of Fi­nance pro­vided a bolder pre­dic­tion of 1.5 mil­lion ve­hi­cles, said Shi Jian­hua, vice-chair­man of CAAM.

In con­trast, the out­put and sales of the whole auto in­dus­try con­tin­ued to de­cline in Au­gust, with slumps of 4.4 and 3.8 per­cent to 2 mil­lion and 2.1 mil­lion ve­hi­cles dur­ing the same month.

The coun­try pro­duced and sold 18.13 mil­lion and 18 mil­lion au­to­mo­biles in the first eight months of the year, a mild in­crease of 2.8 and 3.5 per­cent.

Xin­hua - China Daily

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