20% Of New Cars Registered In One Chinese City Will Be Electric


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Before the end of the year 2014, Shenzhen introduced a new policy that restricts car purchases by requiring prospective buyers to acquire a new license plates through lotteries or at auctions.

Shenzhen is last in the line of major Chinese cities Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin and Hangzhou to fight the flood of cars.

In the last five years, the average increase of car sales in Shenzhen was 16% reaching 550,000 registered in 2014 and 3.14 million cumulatively by December 2014. The city struggles to find parking for all of these cars and has difficulty managing traffic jams and air pollution.

“The number of vehicles has created severe traffic congestion and parking space shortages in the city, where drivers have to compete for the existing 1.04 million parking spots.”

“Lastly, it has contributed to the city’s deteriorating air quality, as exhaust from automobiles was responsible for 41 percent of smog, according to official statistics, causing the city’s PM2.5 index to exceed a safe limit.”

Shenzhen will now not only limit sales to 100,000 a year, but also try to force new buyers to choose electric cars.

20,000 or 20% of the license plates will be slated for electric vehicles.  This is just one city.  Plug-in electric car sales for the whole of China in 11 months of 2014 was 56,700. Sales in 2015 should be extraordinary if all of the incentives and regulations are effective.

“Meanwhile, vehicles registered outside of Shenzhen will be banned from running in Futian, Luohu, Nanshan and Yantian districts during rush hour – from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on workdays – except on designated roads leading to the checkpoints in the four districts.

The restriction doesn’t apply during weekends and holidays.

Emergency vehicles, such as fire engines, military vehicles and police cars, as well as vehicles with dual license plates for Hong Kong and Macao, are not subject to the limitation.

Drivers of vehicles bearing non-Shenzhen plates won’t be fined for their first violation of the regulation in the one-month grace period after the regulation takes effect.”

Source: Shenzhen Municipal E-government Resources Center

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9 Comments on "20% Of New Cars Registered In One Chinese City Will Be Electric"

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Funny how the cars with dual HK/Macau plates are excempt, those plates cost a fortune

The need to close down some coal plants if they want switching to EVs really make a difference. Go wind, solar PV, nuclear, geothermal, tidal, hydropower, etc. instead.

The real reason for switching to EV is to give their domestic electric cars a competitive advantage, and subsidize their sales.

But only 100K total instead of 500K cars in the entire year? If same ratio is maintained elsewhere, Chinese auto market shrinks by 80% in 2015!!! I can’t imagine the global impact of this on auto industry as a whole.

Note it only affects new license plate registration. If you replace your old car and already have a license plate, this policy has no effect on you. But yes, still a big impact for this city, since I think about 50% of all car sales last year were first-time buyers.

They are working really really hard on that. If everyone would put in the effort of the chinese right now there wouldn’t be any fossil fuel used in the first world countries and very little in some developing countries.

I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I found this during my hunt for something regarding this.

+1! Yeah, Mark Kane writes good, unbiased pieces.

So after all is said and done a Chinese mandate to drive electric, or not at all, will probably have more influence in the ev evolution in China, that any other factor.

One Chinese city… with a higher population than most European countries 😛