China to push elec­tric cars

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - Bei­jing

– China should adopt a plan that will re­sult in elec­tric ve­hi­cles make up a quar­ter of all cars sold in the coun­try in six years’ time, the in­dus­try min­istry said yes­ter­day, as the sec­tor strug­gles with fall­ing sales.

A draft blue­print for the de­vel­op­ment of the “new en­ergy ve­hi­cle” sec­tor, which in­cludes hy­brids and fully elec­tric ve­hi­cles, comes af­ter the gov­ern­ment with­drew sub­si­dies for car­mak­ers ear­lier this year.

China is the world’s largest new en­ergy ve­hi­cle mar­ket, but sales of elec­tric mo­tors plum­meted 34% year-on-year in Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the China As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The min­istry of in­dus­try and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy’s draft pro­posal said China should seek to en­sure one in four of all ve­hi­cles sold in 2025 were ei­ther hy­brids or fully elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

The mea­sures are partly to en­sure the coun­try meets its air pol­lu­tion tar­gets, and to re­duce de­pen­dence on im­ported oil.

The draft pro­posal, which in­cludes guide­lines for the de­vel­op­ment of the new en­ergy ve­hi­cle sec­tor from 2021 to 2035, is open for pub­lic feed­back un­til De­cem­ber 9.

The gov­ern­ment had said it was plan­ning to im­pose quo­tas re­quir­ing car­mak­ers to main­tain a cer­tain per­cent­age of new en­ergy ve­hi­cles.

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