Written by Kfir Kedem - August 27, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
China is redefining their legislation by re-classifying the energy category in which petrol-hybrid electric vehicles are placed. The re-classification will move these vehicles into the “low fuel consumption passenger vehicle” category, which will enable them to continue driving in low pollution areas. The law will stay in place from 2021 until 2023.
Being one of the most polluted countries on the planet, China is doing everything they can to lower their carbon footprint. They currently have a credit system in place for automotive manufacturers. Every manufacturer must earn a minimum of 10% credits in order to meet the legislation. If they are not able to do so, they must purchase these credits from the government. Petrol-hybrid electric vehicles will now be earning more credits which will make it easier for automotive manufacturers to meet their minimum quota needs.
Auto Trendy’s take:
Similar systems are in place in the majority of countries. Being the world’s top electric car manufacturer by far, it is surprising that China still needs to ease their quota requirements. Having sold over 1 million electric cars in 2019 alone, one would think that there are enough electric vehicle manufacturers that China would be able to continue their initial plan rather than easing the laws when it comes to petrol-hybrids.