China boosts elec­tric cars

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ONLINE EXTRA -

China has passed the United States as the big­gest mar­ket for elec­tric cars.

Sales of pure-elec­tric and gaso­line-elec­tric hy­brids soared 50 per­cent last year over 2015 to 336,000 units, or 40 per­cent of world de­mand. That was more than dou­ble the 159,620 sold in the U.S.

The rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party wants to make China a leader in electrics. It sees them as a prof­itable in­dus­try and a way to clear smog-choked Chi­nese skies.

Quo­tas due to take ef­fect next year will re­quire electrics to make up at least 8 per­cent of ev­ery au­tomaker’s out­put. Those that fall short will have to buy cred­its from com­peti­tors that have met their tar­gets.

China’s stand-out EV suc­cess is BYD Auto, which ex­ports elec­tric taxis and buses to Europe and Latin Amer­ica.

Volvo Cars plans to make elec­tric cars in China for global sale start­ing in 2019. Gen­eral Mo­tors, Volk­swa­gen AG, Nis­san Mo­tor and others have an­nounced plans to make elec­tric ve­hi­cles in China.

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