China will allow companies that do not make autos to produce new energy vehicles (NEV), said Miao Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology on Nov 5.
“Dozens of non-auto companies have applied for licenses to produce NEVs. The ministry is reviewing their qualifications,” said Miao.
“I believe in the near future several companies will get NEV licenses,” Miao told a news briefing.
As the world’s largest auto-making country, China is counting on NEVs to address its air pollution problems.
Since September, NEV buyers can get license plates without having to apply through the usual lottery system. Local governments, public institutions and bus companies have been encouraged to use more NEVs.
NEV production tripled year on year to reach about 156,200 vehicles in the first nine months, while overall auto production in China was weak.