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China sets focus on electric, hybrid cars

Li Fangfang
China Daily
Publication Date : 19-04-2012
China is making the industrialisation of pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid automobiles the focus of its new plan to develop energy-saving and alternative-energy vehicles by 2020.

The measure, aimed in part at upgrading the auto industry, was adopted by the State Council yesterday in the long-awaited industry development plan on energy saving and new-energy vehicles.

The plan proposed for the first time that pure electric vehicles will be the strategic orientation for China to upgrade its big but not yet strong automobile industry. In addition, the industrialisation of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be the industry priority, along with the wide use of hybrid and energy-saving combustion-engine powered automobiles.

The plan set the target of an accumulative production and sales of 500,000 pure electric and plug-in vehicles by 2015, and more than 5 million by 2020.

It also aimed to lower the average fuel consumption of passenger cars produced in 2015 to 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres, and further to 5 litres per 100 kilometres in 2020.

To achieve this, the government is going to encourage the purchase and use of energy-saving vehicles through subsidies, and accelerate the establishment of charging facilities for the electric vehicles.

“We welcome the plan and the following encouragement policies, as our company has involved more than 200 engineers into the research and development of parts related to electric vehicles,” said Chen Yudong, president of Bosch (China) Investment. The German automotive parts supplier will open its fifth research and development centre in China this year.
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