Beijing, China — A tentative subsidy for purchasing electric vehicles (EVs) for personal use in Beijing has passed reviews by several government ministries and commissions with oversight authority and is expected to go into effect soon.
The plan was applauded by the automobile manufacturing industry as an opportunity to commercialize EVs. Automakers that have launched EVs including BYD, Zotye and Chery, said that they look forward to Beijing paving the way for the general adoption of such vehicles. At the same time, rising oil prices are stimulating people’s interest in buying electric cars.
According to the scheme, Beijing will promote the purchase by individuals of 30,000 EVs cars by the end of 2012, comprising of 23,000 pure electric cars and 7,000 plug-in hybrid cars. The maximum subsidy for the purchase of a plug-in hybrid passenger car has been set at RMB 50,000 (approx. US$7,700), and a pure electric passenger car at RMB 60,000 (approx. US$9,200).
In order to support the adoption of electric vehicles, Beijing’s municipal government will subsidize up to 30 percent of the construction cost of charging stations and poles. Over a three-year period, the city plans to build 36,000 trickle-charging poles and 100 fast-charging stations, one battery replacement station, two battery recycling points, 10 specialized service stations and two information acquisition and processing stations.
On May 5, the first charging station in the Xizhimen district business area went into operation. The 180 x 44 foot installation is expected to accommodate five 14 kW AC charging poles that have the ability to simultaneously charge 10 two-ton electric sanitation trucks.
In addition to the scheme, a five-year plan for the improvement of the automotive sector in China’s capital, proposed by the Beijing Association of Automobile Manufacturers, has recently passed a review by the municipal watchdog authority for the sector, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology.
According to the plan, the city aims to have 100,000 pure electric cars on its roads by 2015. Buyers of pure electric cars will likely enjoy special privileges that include a waiver from vehicle taxes and the “odd-even” license plate traffic restriction. Privileges may also include the right to obtain a license plate without having to go through the lottery-based allocation system and as well as the government-provided purchase subsidy outlied above.
Several other cities across China are also actively promoting the adoption of new-energy cars. In Shanghai, the first eight pure electric cars bought for personal use were recently introduced to the road. Hefei, the capital of Anhui province, will complete the deployment of 585 JAC electric taxis and official vehicles within the year. In Hangzhou, the first new-energy vehicle exhibition center has opened on Huanggushan road, and in Haikou, Hainan province’s capital, the GreenWheel EV electric vehicle 4S store, the first store of its kind in the city, will debut on Qiongshan Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare.