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"Zero emission" vehicles enter a period of "decisive battle"
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11:11, May 08, 2009

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Ten years ago when Opel, a subsidiary of US-based General Motors, and the German Mercedes-Benz and BMW Group, were interviewed, the conclusion arrived at was that "zero emission" vehicles (including electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles) were a direction for the global automobile industry to develop in the future, with bulk production not due to commence until between 2025 and 2030.

However, current expectations from the US, Germany, Japan and China indicate that all the major automobile manufacturers now expect bulk production of "zero emission" vehicles to start in 2015, at least 10 years ahead of earlier estimations.

The Detroit Motor Show held in the US at the beginning of this year and the International New Energy Automobile Seminar held recently in Paris publicized the following information: German enterprise Daimler AG will start mass producing fuel cell vehicles in 2014 and 2015; it plans to construct 500 hydrogen fuel stations in 2013, increasing to 1,000 in 2017. Toyota and GM also plan to commence mass production of fuel cell vehicles in 2015. In other words, international fuel cell vehicles are on the brink of manufacture.

At present, "low emission" hybrid vehicles have entered large-scale industrialization, with worldwide aggregate sales exceeding one million units. With the use of hybrid auto technology, Japan has successfully become a leader in the world's auto industry. Hybrid vehicles, however, are merely a transitional product in the global auto industry's revolution from traditional internal combustion engine to "zero emission" auto engine.

Dean of the College of Automotive Engineering at Tongji University Yu Zhuoping, who is also a member of the general team for the major energy-saving and new energy auto projects of the national 863 Program, noted that the technological competition surrounding "zero emission" vehicles, especially fuel cell vehicles, has become increasingly fierce. He said that the development of "zero emission" vehicles entering a period of "decisive battle." The leader in this round of auto technology reform and industry upgrading will become the "king" of the future global auto industry.

There are three main reasons behind the significant development of "zero emission" vehicles all over the world. First of all, more countries are becoming aware of the auto revolution. Ten years ago, the world's various major auto makers and experts did not agree on issues regarding the development of new energy vehicles, and even held pessimistic attitudes towards the topic. With 10 years of development, the direction for the development of environmentally-friendly new energy vehicles has already been determined amid drastic fluctuations in oil prices, improved public environmental consciousness as well as the popularity for the concept of sustainable development.

Secondly, China is guided by the new idea to develop its auto industry in a "great-leap-forward" manner and has made enormous efforts to develop new energy vehicles over recent years. The development of China's auto industry features such a large scale, fast pace and forceful momentum that Europe, the US and Japan are starting to feel the pressure and need to move up their schedules for the production of "zero emission" vehicles, so as to maintain their dominant position in the latest round of competition in the auto revolution.

Thirdly, the financial crisis has brought the global auto industry into turmoil but has also provided them with an opportunity to develop a new type of auto industry. One of the technological supports for the recovery of the world economy is environmental technology. The US, Germany and Japan have all made enormous preparations in this respect, with a focus on the development of a fuel cell vehicle in order to become giant makers of "zero emission" vehicles.

By People's Daily Online.


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