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.