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Production, sales of China’s new energy cars top world in 2017

By Bai Yang (People's Daily)    13:32, March 12, 2018

The production and sales volume of China’s new energy vehicles stood at 794,000 and 777,000 in 2017, topping the world for three consecutive years, according to Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei.

Photo taken on January 19, 2018 shows shared cars at parking lot of the Kandi Electric Vehicles (Changxing) Co., Ltd in east China’s Zhejiang province. The cars are waiting to be put into market. (Photo by Wang Bin from People’s Daily Online)

Miao unveiled the figures on March 5th on the sidelines of the ongoing first session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

China is leading the world in new energy vehicle development, the minister noted, adding that the number of recorded new energy vehicles in China is 1.8 million, accounting for over half of that in global market.

The endurance mileage of mainstream electric vehicles manufactured by China’s leading manufacturers can exceed 300 kilometers, comparable with the international level, he said.

Construction of charging infrastructure in China, according to him, is making headway. By the end of last year, the number of public charging piles built in China climbed to 214,000, up 51 percent on a year-on-year basis and topped the world. The installation rate of private charging piles surpassed 80 percent.

Chinese makers of new energy cars are more competitive in global market as well, said the minister, elaborating that four industrial leaders have swirled to the world’s top 10 list in terms of sales volume in 2017.

Car maker BYD topped the list by selling 113,700 new energy cars, followed by Beijing Electric Vehicles Company (BJEV), the electric car-making arm of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp. (BAIC), which sold 103,200 such vehicles last year.

A US father taking his daughter to learn about an electric bus manufactured by BYD, October 6, 2017. On that day, the North American factory of BYD saw the completion ceremony of its third-phase extension project in Lancaster, Southern California, US. (Photo by Zhang Niansheng from People’s Daily)

Beyond that, China’s new energy buses have been exported to more than 30 countries and regions, while some Chinese battery and electric machine enterprises have sold their products to multinational automobile enterprises.

The sales volume of new energy vehicles will account for 20 percent of all automobiles in China by 2025, according to the Guideline on China's Medium and Long-term Car Industry Development.

With the development of the nation, continuous technological advancements and improvement of charging infrastructure, China’s new energy vehicles will embrace rapid growth in the future, the minister pointed out. 

A car owner charges his electric car at the public quick-charging station in east China’s Zhejiang province, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo by Wang Huabin from CFP)

New energy vehicles run on the frozen surface of Heilongjiang River for a rally held in Heihe City, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, Jan. 16, 2018. The rally testing their performance in low temperatures was the first of its kind held in the country’s high altitude and cold areas. (Photo by Qiu Qilong from CFP)

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