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China’s Plans with Electric Cars Delayed, but Not Dead

China has had many plans to integrate electric cars into US and other foreign car markets. But its plans have hit yellow light after yellow light.

BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

From the Green Car Report: “The challenges to China’s ambitious goals for electric cars are the same ones facing every other automaker: lithium-ion cells are expensive, meaning electric cars cost far more to build and sell than gasoline cars–and Chinese consumers are nothing if not price-sensitive.”

So, as it is now, it has to step back its dreams. “China has dialed back on its plans for pure plug-in cars, and is focusing more on raising fuel efficiency and encouraging known technologies like hybrids,” the Green Car Report adds.

Plans for China’s “domination” of our market, or the world market, may be just that, only plans in the works. However, it is good to plan for something that would [optimistically] do away with gas-guzzling vehicles.

Resistance to the change is everywhere, especially in large manufacturing industries. This is not simply the case with the Chinese, but a global situation.

Apparently, China’s plans are delayed, but the plans are still important, even if the details have yet to materialize. We’ll see how things change in the coming years. A closing quote from the Green Car Report:

Five to eight years ago, Chinese carmakers were going to blast into the U.S. car market and sell huge volumes of inexpensive small cars–just like the Germans, Japanese, and Koreans before them.

Then, two or three years ago, Chinese auto companies were going to leapfrog directly into electric cars, dominating that market globally.

Neither of those things has happened.

At least not yet.

China’s national government, working closely in partnership with large industrial companies, still has as its official policy that “new energy vehicles” will become a major part of the country’s output–and domestic sales.

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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits.


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