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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn made a comment that might haunt him when the government types in China get word of his rather radical statement.
According to Ghosn, the struggling-to-get-started electric vehicle industry will be saved by China. No problem there.
As Ghosn suggests, China will save the electric vehicle industry simply because it promises to invest whatever it takes to get two million plug-in vehicles on its roads by 2020.
This statement was made at the European launch of the Renault Zoe and, though China is lagging behind in its effort to get plug-in vehicles in the hands of consumers, it's conceivable that the nation could still achieve its 2020-goal.
Ghosn boldly stated:
"This isn’t speculation, China’s decisions are among the most audacious that have been taken by any government."
Still we see no issue with the words of Ghosn, but it's this last quote—first re-printed by Reuters—that may cause a stir:
"China has 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world. They will set the rules so that the consumer buys—that’s how it’s going to happen."
What might be seen as a fairly innocent statement, shouldn't be taken too lightly. Ghosn is implying that China basically can enact a law that forces or coerces buyers into purchasing electric vehicles. Yes. China can and does oftentimes use its might in a forceful way within its own borders, but that's not a statement a CEO of a major automaker should make out in public, especially when surrounded by international journalists.