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Report: China to Introduce New-Energy Vehicle Regulations in 2010

Regulations on the development of “new energy” vehicles have been submitted to China’s State Council for approval and are expected to be officially in effect in March 2010, according to a report in Gasgoo citing the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Earlier this year, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reclassified “new energy” vehicles into three categories: start-up technology, which is still at the research level such as fuel cell vehicles; developing technologies, such as hybrid engines using lithium-ion batteries; and mature technologies which have achieved standardized mass production, such as lead-acid battery hybrid vehicles. (Earlier post.)

...the current annual production capacities of China’s Nickel-hydrogen batteries and lithium-ion battery, the key parts of electric vehicles, will exceed 0.14 billion and 0.9 billion WH by the year end, and are expected to be boosted to 0.36 billion and 4 billion WH by 2010. If each electric vehicle is to be equipped with a battery with a 30,000 WH capacity, the annual output will meet the demand of 150,000 vehicles by 2010.

...According to the expectation from the NDRC, the amount of pure electric vehicles in China will reach 100,000 units in 2012 and climb to 4,000,000 units in 2020.

Separately, the Nikkei reported that Nissan is considering building the Leaf EV in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Nissan signed an agreement with the Guangzhou government to set up an electric-car program (the company’s second such agreement in China).

As part of the program, Nissan plans to look into the economic rationale for producing Leaf cars in Guangzhou and to “determine the next step,” Nissan Executive Vice President Hiroto Saikawa said in a speech at the ceremony. He didn't provide details.

Wuhan is among 13 cities the Chinese government chose earlier this year for a pilot program to boost the use of new-energy vehicles. Those cities, which don’t include Guangzhou, are supposed to provide subsidies for purchases of all-electric battery cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen-fuel-cell cars. They are expected to collectively put 60,000 new-energy vehicles in service in four years.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama and China President Hu Jintao announced a US-China Electric Vehicles Initiative, building on the first-ever US-China Electric Vehicle Forum in September 2009. (Earlier post.) Activities under the initiative are to include:

  • Joint standards development;
  • Joint demonstrations;
  • Joint technical roadmap; and
  • Public awareness and engagement.

Comments

arnold

Waiting for negative responses to this from the usual suspects.

Meanwhile the Chinese gov'ts not stupid. They can see the win win win in cleaner air, encouragement and incentive to industry to come up to speed in automotive manufacturing in a global market.
Remember green is worth more to the (educated) middle classes and they have serious buying clout.
The generally accepted view of the automotive industry as a deliverer of science based knowledge into community is an important consideration. That is the population is introduced to technology in a direct and meaningful way.

If you are delivering these benefits it makes sense to follow best practice.

sulleny

China has a chance to essentially skip the whole ICE industry. They won't, but they have the chance. Same with India. How many new middle class people are willing to live in the stinking polluted cities that both countries are building?

Not many. They will follow the pattern of moving from the stench to the suburbs for cleaner,safer living. And both India and China will have the world's largest, most polluted, impoverished cities on Earth.

ToppaTom

As sulleny states
"And both India and China will have the world's largest, most polluted, impoverished cities on Earth."

The Chinese can see the win in promising cleaner air as an encouragement for industry from other countries to invest.

Remember promising to go green is worth much and costs little.


SJC

The Olympics in China highlighted their pollution problems. They had to restrict cars in the cities to get the air cleaned up and still it was bad. Even if the Chinese government only cared about health costs, it would be good to clean it up. Now, they need to go after all those coal fired power plants that they have.

arnold

Reminds me of the years between primary and secondary school 10 - 11- 12y old with the introduction of Metrication.
The teachers ( who didn't know how to teach M decided that there was no point in teaching (the second classes) Imperial measure.
The first class was fastracked in arts. So we second class was left out and so learnt nothing. Now that wasn't all bad. We missed a lot of brain pain (slack) and learned a bit of how things work.

We seem to be on this same type of cusp.
The Chinese are ready to go but no one can show it to them just yet.
I agree that both China and India can learn much from the western experience. There are many well schooled and clever persons and a huge population. That means any mistake or gain is multiplied many times.
If they get to read such encouraging posts as the above comments (and they do) Then we can assume good directions be taken on board.

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