China Set to Re-Introduce and Possibly Increase Plug-In Vehicle Subsidies

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

The e6 Can Get A Full Charge In 40 Minutes (@ 100 kW), 20 Hours at 3.3 kW (On Board)

The e6 Can Get A Full Charge In 40 Minutes (@ 100 kW), 20 Hours at 3.3 kW (On Board)

China has been pushing plug-in vehicles for some time now, but the result has been negligible.  Sales have increased slightly, but are still way off track if China is to hit its government-proposed target of 5 million plug-in vehicles on its roads by 2020.

So Far, It Seems Mostly Only Fleets and Government in China Have Purchased Electric Vehicle

So Far, It Seems Mostly Only Fleets and Government in China Have Purchased Electric Vehicle

It’s no help for China that the nation’s extensive plug-in vehicle subsidies (up to $9,700 off in some instances) came to a screeching halt in December 2012.  It was through this subsidy program that sales of plug-in vehicles rose in some of China’s most densely populated cities, but outlying or rural areas of the country never jumped on the electrified bandwagon.

It’s time for round 2.

China’s central government is now considering a new incentive program that could go above and beyond that of the now-expired subsidy plan.  Details of this new incentive program are expected to be released later this month and could be approved and fully implemented shortly thereafter.

It’s believed that the new subsidy program will at least match the incentive amount of the expired initiative, but some reports suggest that incentives could soars to $14,000 per electric vehicle purchase.

That amount would match the subsidy plan that’s currently under discussion in Bejiing.

If approved at $14,000 and sales still lag, then we’re not sure what China’s next step will be.  If an incentive of that amount fails, the perhaps plug-in vehicles will never catch on in China.

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5 responses to "China Set to Re-Introduce and Possibly Increase Plug-In Vehicle Subsidies"

  1. Aaron says:

    That is one BIG battery if it takes 20 hours to charge @ 3.3kW. My i-MiEV takes up to 6 hours at the same rate to fully charge with its 16kWh battery. That means it’s a battery around 50-55kWh for the E6! Wow! That can’t be cheap.

    1. kdawg says:

      From wiki (appears to be 60kWh for the US version)
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      Specifications

      [edit]Initial specs
      BYD’s initial claims for the e6 in 2009 included:[7]
      Electric power consumption: less than 18 kW·h per 100 km (62 mi)
      Acceleration: 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in < 8 seconds
      Top speed: 100 mph (160 km/h)
      Normal charge: 220V/10A household electric power socket
      Quick charge: 50% capacity in 10 minutes
      Or new quick charge system: 100% capacity in 20 minutes (look, http://www.slaakku.co.uk)
      Range: 249 miles (400 km)
      This range and consumption implies a 72 kW·h battery pack, which would have been the largest in any production electric car in 2009.
      [edit]Revised spec
      BYD mentioned a smaller 48 kW·h battery pack for the e6[8] at its debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. However, at the 2010 NAIAS, BYD indicated a range of 205 mi (330 km) per charge, an estimated 0-60 mph acceleration time under 14 seconds, and a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) for the e6.[9]
      Range has since dropped and consumption increased. According to BYD, the 40 demonstration vehicles that began operating as taxis in Shenzhen, China, have a range of 300 km (186 mi), a maximum speed of 140 km/h (87 mph), and consume 21.5 kWh per 100 km.[2][10] In August 2011, BYD clarified that the e6 has a range of 230 to 240 kilometres (140 to 150 mi) under more demanding conditions, such as running the air conditioning or driving up hill. In more favorable conditions, such as city driving, with lots of stop and go, the range goes up to 290 to 320 kilometres (180 to 200 mi). This claim, however, has not been verified by any independent third party testing.[11]
      In January 2011 BYD announced that in response to U.S. consumers preferences, the American version will be more powerful than the Chinese version, and it will have a 60 kWh battery pack with a 160 kW electric motor, capable of reaching 0 to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds.

      1. kdawg says:

        And here’s the spec’s from BYD (they mention everything except the kWh in the battery)

        http://www.byd.com/auto/e6.html

  2. kdawg says:

    Music to Ghosn’s ears.

  3. Herm says:

    not being able to a get a tag for your new gas sucking hog is a big inducement to go electric