The Chinese government will frame regulations on the production of autos
fuelled by alternative energies to encourage research and produce of
environmentally-friendly "green" vehicles.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published on
its website on Wednesday a draft regulation on managing the production of
alternative energy vehicles and called for suggestions and comments.
term alternative energy vehicles refers to hybrid-electric vehicles, battery
electric vehicles (including vehicles on solar energy), fuel cell electric
The draft regulation defines three levels of alternative energy auto
Prototypes will only be allowed to operate in approved areas, and more
sophisticated products will be allowed to be produced in batches for sale in
Only the most sophisticated products will enjoy the same production, sale,
and use status as regular autos, the draft states.
Firms need to obtain permission from the NDRC before beginning production,
and the NDRC will have its say in determining the level of sophistication of the
alternative energy technologies used, according to the draft.
Conventional auto fuels commonly used in China are gasoline, diesel oil,
natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol gas, and dimethyl ether
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