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Progress still being made on ambitious new energy vehicle policies


Gasgoo.com - The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed information regarding the progress of policies aimed at boosting new energy vehicles earlier this month. According to the data, which was cited in a report appearing in China Business News, a total of 38,600 new energy vehicles were sold in 39 test cities from last January to this September, with 20,500 of those sold this year alone. As of this October, there are a total of 65 Chinese cities that have been designated as testing points for boosting new energy vehicle sales.

There is still a noticeable gap between actual new energy vehicle sales and policy goals. In September 2013, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, National Development and Reform Commission and other government bodies released notifications on how to expand the new energy vehicle market. Soon after, they released information regarding the progress of new energy vehicle sales in test cities. The 38,600 vehicles so far are equivalent to only 11.49 percent of the targets listed in the policies.

Of the test cities, the best performing ones were in Anhui, Zhejiang and Shanghai. Hefei, the capital of Anhui, was able to complete 72 percent of its prescribed target, with a total of 4,145 vehicles sold in the city. In terms of raw numbers, Beijing and Shenzhen were the best performing cities in terms of raw new energy vehicle sales. On the other hand, Xi¡¯an and Chengdu were among the cities that haven¡¯t managed to complete ten percent of their targets. Among them cities, such as Changchun, Harbin, Lanzhou and Haikou have not managed to sell a single new energy vehicle so far.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Information Technology Su Boceng affirmed the government¡¯s commitment to the new energy vehicle market, stating that test cities that don¡¯t meet new energy vehicle sales targets will lose government subsidies, which will instead go to support cities that have more successful new energy vehicle policies.



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