EV and Plug-In Hybrid Production Grew Tenfold in China in November

China’s problem with smog and air pollution in general needs to be fixed as soon as possible. The government is making all sorts of efforts to deal with the issues and it seems like results are finally starting to show. This November, China’s production of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars has grown tenfold compared to the same month of 2013.
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9,628 of such vehicles were manufactured last month which is absolutely incredible. The number is made up of 3,540 passenger electric vehicles, 1,640 commercial electric vehicles, 2,469 passenger plug-in hybrids, 1,977 commercial plug-in hybrids and two fuel cell vehicles, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

While the tenfold growth might seem hard to believe, the year-to-date increase is also downright stunning. From January to the end of November, the output of eco-friendly cars has grown five times compared to the same period of 2013, reaching a grand total of 56,718 units.

Those are, in turn, split between 25,800 passenger EVs, 7,363 commercial EVs, 13,600 passenger plug-in hybrids, 9,949 commercial plug-in hybrids and only six fuel-cell cars.

Legislators want you to buy electric

According to current legislation in China, only electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles qualify for government subsidies, which would explain the sudden growth in production of such automobiles. Of course, the public’s focus on reducing pollution could also play a part but it’s less likely to make such an impact.

The Chinese government is currently trying to make the over 300 million drivers in China aware of the ever rising air pollution that stagnates above the country’s biggest cities. In this regard, it began subsidizing construction of battery charging stations in various metropolitan areas.

These subsidies will be then adjusted for the number of eco-friendly cars each city sells between 2013 to 2015. Basically, the government is going to award the biggest grants to the cities that show the most eco-friendly approach. It will be interesting to see how this whole story pans out.
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