China Proposes California-Like Emission Mandates To Advance EVs

AUG 15 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

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The proposition of emulating California’s ZEV mandate is now advancing in China.

The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission released a draft proposal, which describes a similar system (over the current incentive driven system) that requires automakers to build a certain percentage of zero or low emission cars…or otherwise buy credits for not doing it.

Fines for not complying with the rules would be around five times higher than credits itself.  So it pays to build plug-ins.

The new  ZEV mandate supporting New Energy Vehicles (all-electric or plug-in hybrids) is to replace the fixed subsidy; which given that more than 700,000 plug-ins that are expected to be sold in 2016, will shortly become too expensive to maintain.

Similar to California, China will require some portion of EV-only production from automakers of a certain size, some small players will be exempted from the ZEV mandate.

“China surpassed the U.S. as the largest market for electric vehicles last year and wants sales new-energy vehicles to exceed 3 million units a year by 2025. To encourage production and sales of such vehicles, central and local governments have spent 15 billion yuan ($2.3 billion) on subsidies since 2009, according to state-run China Central Television. The government plans to phase out subsidies after 2020.”

Ye Shengji, deputy secretary general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said:

“Without question, this will be good for the industry and will promote the development of all types of clean-energy vehicles,”

Bloomberg, Hat tip to Mark H!

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yes please!


Great but maybe they should start with their heavy industry? I mean that contributes a whole hell of a lot more than cars do.

“Maybe they should start with…”

This is a pet peeve of mine. What makes you think that the chinese could not and are not addressing a lot of polluting sources at once?
There is no such thing as a straight line of polluting reducing measurements to be taken that you need to take them in a certain order.

Cars are one of the hardest areas to reduce pollution and that takes a lot of time. Just look at the most environmentally friendly industrial countries that are very far along in most areas but cars (or rather transportation in general since heavy trucks and airplanes also contribute).

Not to mention that this would affect all of the world since it’s the largest car market and would force car manufacturers to accelerate their plans and that would mean more and cheaper EV models everywhere in the world.

This is a pet peeve of mine. What makes you think that the chinese could not and are not addressing a lot of polluting sources at once?

Been to Beijing recently?

BTW a pet peeve of mine. They are Chinese, not chinese… 😉

“Been to Beijing recently?” as we all know old pollution magically dissipates when tighter regulations are enacted.

No, I have not been to Beijing recently. It’s been 3 years since my last visit there (time really flies).

But that lacks relevance anyway, progress takes time and is hard to see by the naked eye. Especially in a developing country where efforts mainly reduce the increase of pullutions.
Just look at Norway where the massive EV sales yet have not had a noticable impact on total fuel sales for cars. The impact will be noticable in a few years though, but how long do you think it will be until the massive efforts in China are noticable? Probably a decade or two at least.

But for anyone who lived in or visited L.A. in the 80’s it’s obvious that the effect in the end is worth waiting for even though the transition is far from over.

Great to see this proposal! Here’s hoping it becomes law.

China is wisely making a big EV push. Although it is partially for environmental reasons, I suspect it is also largely due to national security/economic reasons. They don’t want to get addicted to oil the way the US and Europe have. They oil they get comes from very unstable parts of the world and the price is quite volatile.

We should really do the same. But since we have such a large domestic oil production industry and people like their big cars, it is very hard to get much of America to go along with that plan.

I actually think this is the wrong way to go, I much prefer the limiting of vehicle license plates. China (like most nations) could directly limit the number of ICE vehicles on the road by simply limiting the number of licenses issued. They could set the limit to reduce with time. They do it in a lot of big Asian cities why not do it nationally? I think it would be particularly powerful to limit the total number of ICE vehicles that can be registered. Once that number is reached every new ICE registered must lead to the scrapping of an old ICE. BEV’s and PHEV’s could be excluded and allowed to grow at what ever rate they can. Ideally the limit was set to what the business as usual growth rate would reach by say 2020. After that it could be reduced by 1% every year after 2020. I think there would be a long enough term certainty doing this that car makers would really pull their finger out. It would also result in every filthy polluting heap on the road being scrapped as soon as possible. IMO the ZEV credit type systems leaves a level of uncertainty that… Read more »