Beijing Cuts 2018 New Car Registration Quota To 100,000 (60% Are For Plug-Ins Only)

JAN 14 2018 BY MARK KANE 21

In an all-out effort to reduce emissions and control smog, Beijing has announced some aggressive new car quotes for 2018.

In 2018, Beijing will decrease the new car registration limit from 150,000 to 100,000.


Tesla Model X in Beijing

60% (or 60,000) of those new registartions will be available only for New Energy Vehicles (AKA all-electric or plug-in hybrid).

Currently, there areĀ 137,800 plug-in cars registered in the capital of China, out of several million, so one year from now there should be about 200,000.

By 2020, Beijing hopes to limit the total number of cars in its city to 6.3 million, and will encourage the switch to zero or low-emission offerings, as well a invest heavily in its public transit system.

Source: Xinhua

Categories: China


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21 Comments on "Beijing Cuts 2018 New Car Registration Quota To 100,000 (60% Are For Plug-Ins Only)"

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The demand for Plug-In vehicles in Beijing will be very high in 2018.

By the way, what will happen if 40,000 people in Beijing want to buy a new car (NOT Plug-In vehicles) within the first 4 months of 2018?

Will then be the automatic consequence that nobody in Beijing will be able to buy a new car (NOT Plug-In vehicles) for the rest of the year 2018?

Since the limit last year was 100k and this year 40k then ICE only registrations should run out in 2 months.

Yes, that would be a very likely scenario.

But what would care sales people (who sell ICE vehicles) then do during the last ten months of 2018?

They then will be out of business, right?

Stop being ICE salespeople

Seems simple enough, it’s a dying industry, like coal mining

+1 Walter!

And China has by far the widest selection of plug-in vehicles to choose from!

Chinese are probably the best business people on the planet. They will more than likely adapt, rather than going out of business they will trade used cars or sell EVs.

More important, when the Chinese government say something you better listen or get out of the country.

In China it is not a good idea to try and get around a government order unless you are very very well connected.

How many of these plugin hybrids will be actually plugged in?


I am sure regulations will get tighter each year, only a matter of time before BEV only.

It’s 2020, then you won’t be able to buy ICE in Beijing. BAIC (Beijing based car manufacturer with strong ties to politics) has already announced that they will no longer sell ICE in Beijing come 2020. Rest of China 2025, same press release. And the western companies drag their feet and cling to ICE. If you are treading water clinging to a combustion engine, you likely will drown…

With telematics, that question (and a whole lot more) will be easy to answer.

Close to zero plug-in hybrids are sold in Beijing. That is because there are no local subsidies for those, only for pure EVs.
This will not change this year.

rest assured all EVs are plugged in.

Do you know which EV models are the most popular EV models in Beijing?

Would it be possible (and also allowed) for people to buy an ICE vehicle in one city and then use it to drive around in another city (in China)?

Considering the extreme demand it is almost strange that the quota isn’t 100% and that only zero-emission vehicles were allowed.

I guess they will get there in a few years but still.

Maybe the car manufacturers have something to say about this as well?

In Europe the car industry has a very strong position.

People can still buy new ice cars, they just have to trade in an old one. That old car then leaves Beijing. Similar to Singapore.

163,000 plugin vehicles were sold in China in 2017-12 while 777,000 plugin vehicles were sold in 2017-YTD.

Most likely the worldwide sales of pure BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles) has overtaken the sales of Hybrids.

Next target will be for BEV’s to overtake both Plugin and Hybrid put together.

Don’t know about Beijing specifically, but this is the list of best-selling EVs in China as a whole (for 2017 up end Nov.), which is likely very similar:
IIRC, something like 75% of those are BEVs (vs. PHEVs)

I wonder if we will see these types of measures in Europe in the not too distant future!

It only takes London a mere handful of days from the start of the new year to go over it’s entire years emission limits set by the EU.