Garbage-truck maker ‘on list to get per­mits’

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By BLOOMBERG

A garbage-truck maker and a sports-car startup are the top can­di­dates to re­ceive per­mits to man­u­fac­ture elec­tric ve­hi­cles in China as part of the govern­ment’s push to en­cour­age in­no­va­tion in the auto in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple with knowl­edge of the process.

A panel of ex­perts ap­pointed by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, which over­sees the ap­proval of new in­vest­ment projects, has con­cluded its tech­ni­cal re­view of Jiangsu Aoxin New En­ergy Au­to­mo­bile Co and Beijing CH-Auto Tech­nol­ogy Co, ac­cord­ing to the peo­ple, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied be­cause the mat­ter is pri­vate. The NDRC may soon an­nounce a de­ci­sion, which hasn’t been fi­nal­ized, the peo­ple said, with­out be­ing more spe­cific.

The NDRC said that it doesn’t com­ment on ap­pli­ca­tions in process. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for CH-Auto de­clined to com­ment, while calls to Aoxin’s main line weren’t an­swered.

Com­pa­nies that are seek­ing the spe­cial li­cense to pro­duce EVs have to clear the eval­u­a­tion, which will rate them in terms of their ca­pa­bil­i­ties in re­search and de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing. So far, only two firms — Beijing Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Co and Hangzhou Changjiang Pas­sen­ger Ve­hi­cle Co — have re­ceived per­mis­sion un­der the pro­gram, which was an­nounced in June 2015 to en­cour­age com­pa­nies out­side the auto in­dus­try to pro­vide com­pe­ti­tion to tra­di­tional car­mak­ers.

The Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy is con­sid­er­ing restrict­ing the num­ber of startup EV mak­ers to a max­i­mum of 10, said Dong Yang, an ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent at theChi­naAs­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers who meets reg­u­larly with the in­dus­try’s of­fi­cials. The MIIT didn’t re­spond to a faxed re­quest for com­ment.

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