China Eases Green Rules For Petrol-Electric Hybrids, Giving Car Makers Space To Manoeuvre

China’s new policy allows automakers to make more petrol-electric hybrids and less of the more costly all-electric vehicles from 2021 through 2023.

FILE PHOTO: A Toyota Levin plug-in hybrid vehicle is displayed during a media preview of the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing, China April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

BEIJING (Reuters) – China re-classified petrol-electric hybrid vehicles on Monday so they get more favourable treatment than all-petrol or diesel counterparts under new clean car rules, making it easier for automakers to meet environment quotas and offer more choice.

China has some of the world’s strictest rules regarding the production of fossil-fuel vehicles, as it battles unhealthy levels of air pollution in its crowded cities.

Those rules have pushed both domestic and international automakers including Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) to spend billions of dollars on the development and production of new energy vehicles (NEVs), such as all-electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Plug-in hybrid technology differs from that of petrol-electric hybrid vehicles.

Automakers in China are obliged to manufacture NEVs to win “points” to make up for a portion of the negative points they incur when they produce internal combustion engine vehicles.

However, the system has been criticised for offering few incentives for automakers to improve petrol cars’ efficiency.

The policy published on Monday by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology allows automakers to gradually make more petrol-electric hybrids and less of the more costly all-electric vehicles from 2021 through 2023.

Such hybrids would still be considered fossil-fuelled but re-classified as “low fuel consumption passenger vehicles”. Significantly, the number of negative points incurred for making petrol-electric hybrids will be less than for petrol-only vehicles.

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see als Prof Gautam Kalghatgi: The Battery Car Delusion (pdf)

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August 16, 2020 at 03:12PM

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