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China: Electric vehicles driving plastics applications in China

SHANGHAI (May 23, 10 p.m. ET) — In the past few years, China’s automakers have thrown themselves into the development of electronic vehicles. According to Du Cao, the vice president and director of Chang’an Automobile Group’s Global R&D Center, their interest in alternative energy vehicles is driving demand for new plastic applications in the country’s automotive market.

“[In China] we’ve set a very high standard for environmental protection,” said Cao. “Everyone is working on hybrid and new-energy vehicles; all the car manufacturers are researching this.”

Cao was speaking during the China Plastics in Automotive conference, sponsored by Plastics News, in Shanghai.

The push for electronic vehicles is not motivated by environmental protection alone, said Cao. China is also concerned with reducing fuel consumption to reduce its dependence on imported oil. “Reliance on foreign countries is quite high in terms of energy supply,” said Cao. “So new energy is going to be the future trend.”


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