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China shifting development priority to hybrids- ELECTRIC CHINA WEEKLY No7

16 May 2012

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The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology has published new guidelines for EV development, shifting the priority to gasoline-electric hybrids. China will however continue efforts in developing charging technology and infrastructure for full electric vehicles (EVs). Some local governments and automobile manufacturers are still working hard to promote EVs in the Chinese market.
Ministry of Science and Technology: hybrids first
The Chinese government has recognised that it may take longer than initially expected to build a Chinese electric car industry. Therefore, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a “Three Steps Strategy” for the development of electric vehicle technology in the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015). According to this strategy, China will first strive for the commercialisation of gasoline-electric hybrid technologies by 2015. Secondly, China will increase its efforts in the development of all-electric and plug-in hybrid technology between 2015-2020. Finally, China hopes all-electric drive technology will gradually play a dominant role by 2020. In addition, the sales objective for EVs has been reduced to an accumulative production and sales of 500,000 pure electric and plug-in vehicles by 2015, and more than 5 million by 2020. 
The new guidelines foresee that China will continue its efforts in developing charging technology and expanding infrastructure for electric vehicles. China will have 400,000 charging posts and 2,000 charging stations in more than 20 cities by 2020.
FAW Volkswagen initiates EV programme in Foshan, Guangdong province
On 9 May 2012, FAW-VW FAW launched its first EV demonstration programme in Foshan, Guangdong. It is the first step of the joint venture in the field of new energy vehicles. The local government of Foshan believes that this EV programme will play an important role in promoting the new energy vehicle industry in the city. 
FAW-VW is currently in the process of finishing construction work on its Foshan production site, which is planned to begin operation in 2013. According to FAW-VW’s plan, its own brand car “Kaili” New Bora EV is expected to officially hit the Chinese market by the end of 2013.
Hubei to add 15 EV charging stations in 2012
In a recent symposium held in Hubei’s Xiangyang City, the Electricity Company of Hubei Province announced that Hubei Province was planning to build 15 large electric vehicle charging stations and 150 charging poles across the province in 2012. Hubei province aims to establish at least one large charging station in each of its prefecture-level cities.
The province now has five large charging stations and 300 charging poles. Three of the large charging stations are in Wuhan City and the other two are located in Xiangyang City. 
The original articles are listed below in the order of appearance in the column.


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