Only fully electric vehicles can be registered for driving
Shenzhen, the coastal city in the southern province of Guangdong in China, has just issued a new standard: only privately owned fully electric vehicles can be registered for driving. The law is part of a new regulation published Tuesday on the city government website.
The move comes less than two weeks after Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, started implementing similar rules. Currently, a total of 58,000 vehicles are registered in Shenzhen as transport vehicles and as a complement to taxis.
Already in 2018 the city had exercised a crackdown on electrically powered taxis
The Shenzhen government also planned, in May 2018, to phase out all petrol-powered taxis by the end of last year, according to its municipal website. However, there is no public information on how long the target has been established.
The new law of the Chinese manufacturing centre could signal how local governments are relying on new electric vehicles. Moreover, Beijing has decided to cut subsidies for electric vehicle buyers by 50% in June this year and to cancel all subsidies in 2020.
As a result, local governments have suspended their subsidies since the end of June and have started using other measures to support the electric vehicle sector, such as improving infrastructure, including charging stations.
NEV sales have fallen in the last year
China’s new energy sector is experiencing the immediate cold in the wake of new subsidy policies. Sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs), including complete electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles, fell by 4.7% and 15.8% on an annual basis in July and August, respectively, with 80,000 and 85,000 units sold, according to data from the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Despite this, China said to be ready to phase out fossil fuels in favor of a total shift toward electric vehicles. If so, the Chinese model will be one of the most resource-efficient systems of transport the modern world has seen, turning the PRC into a true green economy.
For what concerns the quality of the environment in major hubs, in 2018, China’s State Council issued a three-year action plan to face pollution. The plan stated that all public buses in major capital cities and economic clusters would be replaced with electric vehicles (EV) by 2020
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