Visitors check a hybrid new-energy car at an auto show in Changchun, Jilin province. A total of 72,711 new-energy vehicles were sold in the country in the first six months of the year. [Photo/Xinhua]
The central government on Sept 29 decided to accelerate the development of fuel-efficient new-energy vehicles to reinforce its green goals.
Industry experts said the move would promote healthy restructuring of the auto manufacturing industry and get rid of heavy polluters.
The State Council will reintroduce tax incentives to encourage purchase of cars whose engine is 1.6-liter or below. Taxes on such vehicle purchases will be halved for buyers from Oct 1 and will run till the end of next year.
The government will also keep tighter control on the purchases of buses and cars for government-funded organizations.
Among the new purchases, more than 30 percent should be new-energy vehicles, the government said. Local governments which do not follow the guidelines will see their subsidies on fuel and operating expenses reduced.
Local governments have also been urged not to impose restrictions on the use or purchase of new-energy vehicles and remove any such restrictions forthwith.
Vehicles that fall below the National II Emission Standard, equivalent to Euro II standard, will be weeded out across the nation by 2017, the government said.
Zhang Yu, managing director of Automotive Foresight (Shanghai) Co Ltd, a market research firm, said: “Reducing taxes will help stimulate sales of new-energy vehicles.”
He said compulsory and punitive steps are necessary to activate the central government’s 30 percent stipulation for new-energy vehicles in fresh purchases. Absence of punitive measures may prompt local governments to scale down funding and purchases of new-energy vehicles.
On Sept 29, a strategic advisory committee led by Vice-Premier Ma Kai recommended development approaches and directions for new-energy vehicles in the “Made-in-China 2025” Key Area Technology Road Map.
The advisory panel has for the first time outlined the energy saving requirements for pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle should consume 25 percent less fuel than the hybrid model when compared with gasoline cars. A small pure electric car should use less than 11.5 kilowatt/hour electricity for every kilometer it runs.