Car firms in plea to China over electric car sales quotas

 China electric car quota prompts pan-industry leniency plea

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Carmakers are worried that China’s EV electric sales targets are too strict, and have urged the government for more flexible legislation

Carmakers from across the industry have penned a letter asking China to reconsider its plan to introduce stringent sales quotas for electric vehicles.

The Chinese government is planning to introduce quotas that determine how many of each firm’s car sales in the countries must be electric-powered machines, with credits rewarding the sale of electric or plug-in hybrids. The plans calls for 8% of each firm’s sales to feature electrificiation by next year, 10% the following year, and 12% by 2020. By 2025, China wants a fifth of all sales to be of what it calls NEVs – ‘New Energy Vehicles’.

The letter, which comes from firms representing around 70% of the global car industry including companies from Europe, Korea, America and Japan, calls for China to push back the plans by up to three years. It also asks China to soften what it deems to be over-stringent levies on carmakers, based on the number of EVs sold, reports Reuters. The letter was originally cited in a Wirtschaftswoche article.

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Chinese leader Premier Li Keqiang and German chancellor Angela Merkel had originally agreed to less stringent quotas, but the Chinese Premier seems to have ignored this agreement.

Reuters reports that the industry deems the plans too ambitious for the fledgling electric vehicle market, despite most firms planning a major expansion of their electric and plug-in ranges.

The industry suggested in the letter that the quotas are instead based upon the individual carmakers’ production volume, in order to avoid unfairly high comparative quotas on smaller-volume companies.

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda already previously pushed back against the plans, arguing that hybrid technology was the only practical, cost-effective bridge until hydrogen powertrains come to the fore.

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Source:: Autocar