The move coincides with the Chinese government’s plans to change its new mandate on energy vehicles
The relationship between Toyota and China becomes increasingly solid. Toyota, in fact, aims to create a fourth battery plant for hybrid vehicles in China. The decision was taken after Beijing set aside plans to completely eliminate combustion engine cars and seek a more balanced policy.
In particular, the Chinese government has decided to modify its new mandate on energy vehicles to increase the production of low fuel consumption hybrids. This is because hybrid vehicles are grouped together with traditional gasoline vehicles in China and have therefore been excluded, previously, from subsidies for the purchase of NEVs.
According to a Nikkei report and according to current regulations, car manufacturers can meet environmental quotas by producing an electric vehicle for every 50 hybrids they produce.
Toyota already operates a joint venture factory in Jiangsu province
Primearth EV Energy, Toyota’s battery production unit, let it be known when the new plant is due to open. In particular, the new plant should be completed by 2021 with an annual capacity of around 100,000 batteries.
Toyota already operates a joint venture factory in Jiangsu province in eastern China, producing 100,000 nickel-metal hybrid batteries, along with two others that will soon go into production.
Not just a hybrid for Toyota. In fact, the Japanese automotive giant is also seeing the expansion of the fully electric vehicle market in China and could launch its first batch of Toyota-branded models in collaboration with BYD by 2025.
China will not outlaw fossil fuel-powered vehicles
Wan Gang, a former Chinese science minister and senior political adviser, said last month that China will not outlaw fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
Beijing has unveiled a timeline to ban gas-powered cars at the end of 2017, with Xin Guobin, deputy minister of industry, who said car manufacturers in China should have “in-depth knowledge of the situation and change their strategies”.
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