‘Green’ car in­dus­try booms in first half

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By DU­JUAN

In the first half of the year, China’s new en­ergy ve­hi­cle sec­tor saw a boom in pro­duc­tion and sales, ac­cord­ing to the China As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bileMan­u­fac­tur­ers.

From Jan­uary to June, the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duced 177,000 new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, a rise of 125 per­cent com­pared with the same pe­riod last year, and sales rose to 170,000 units, a year-on-year in­crease of 127 per­cent.

Pro­duc­tion of elec­tric cars, which ac­count for the ma­jor­ity of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, soared to 134,000 units in the first half, a rise of 161 per­cent year-on-year, while sales reached 126,000 units, a yearon-year in­crease of 162 per­cent.

In re­sponse to the fast-ris­ing num­ber of elec­tric cars on China’s roads, the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been work­ing to build more charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­wide.

China had 81,000 pub­lic charg­ing poles by the end of June, a 65 per­cent in­crease from the same pe­riod last year, it said.

Na­tion­wide, the num­ber of pri­vate charg­ing poles rose by 12 per­cent in the first half to 25,000, and new en­ergy cars used 600 mil­lion kilo­watthours of elec­tric­ity, equal to the en­ergy pro­duced by 200,000 met­ric tons of gaso­line.

More than 600 pri­vate com­pa­nies have in­vested in the con­struc­tion of charg­ing poles, hop­ing to cash in on the po­ten­tial busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties re­sult­ing from the in­tro­duc­tion of poli­cies to en­cour­age the use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

num­ber of pub­lic charg­ing poles by the end of June in China, a 65 per­cent in­crease from the same pe­riod last year

So far this year, the NEA has spent 4 bil­lion yuan ($600 mil­lion) to sup­port charg­ing projects in 29 prov­inces and re­gions, and the to­tal in­vest­ment in those projects was more than 40 bil­lion yuan, it said.

Dong Yang, deputy head of the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said the in­dus­try will con­tinue to work to en­sure the safety of the charg­ing process and im­prove the qual­ity of the fa­cil­i­ties, aim­ing to pro­vide both safety and con­ve­nience for elec­tric car users.

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