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Jump-start for new-energy vehicles

By Fu Chao (China Daily) Updated: 2014-10-13 11:33

Jump-start for new-energy vehicles

Electric buses charged at a station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The Nanjing Public Transport Corp ordered more than 900 fully electric buses in May.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Latest initiative calls for surge in use for public transportation

At least 30 percent of public transport and logistics vehicles in cities with well-developed infrastructure should be new-energy cars, buses and trucks by 2020, according to a notice released by China's Ministry of Transport earlier this month.

The notice calls for new energy to power 200,000 buses, 50,000 taxis and 50,000 delivery vehicles by the deadline.

The vehicles include pure electrics, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles.

The notice is the country's latest in a wave of fiscal and policy support for green vehicles in recent years.

Sales of new-energy vehicles in August reached some 5,000, nearly 11 times the same period last year, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Production of new-energy vehicles in the first eight months totaled 31,137 units, up 32 percent.

Experts said the country's major urban areas offer the best opportunities for rollout of electric buses and other green vehicles-even more so if the city suffers from serious air pollution.

According to Lin Cheng, deputy director of the National Engineering Laboratory for Electric Vehicles at the Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing's public transport system began to use new-energy vehicles in 2000.

Today more than 200 electric buses serve routes in the city, with about 100 more to follow by the end of the year, said Lin.

Beijing Public Transport Co has just signed a deal with Beiqi Foton for 60 more pure-electric buses, according to, a website for the new-energy vehicle industry.

Lin noted that an advanced technological chain for production of electric buses has now formed in the city.

According to the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, nine of the city's 10 suburban districts are now served by 1,600 electric taxis. By 2017, the total is projected to reach 5,000.

According to the commission, the Beijing government will complete construction of 1,000 fast-charging stations this year covering areas inside the Fifth Ring Road.

Niu Jinming, director of the Beijing New-Energy Vehicle Promotion Center, told the 21st Century Business Herald that the logistics industry is also going green. He said that electric vehicles will be mainly used for postal mail and express delivery for e-commerce sales.

Jump-start for new-energy vehicles

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