By on January 14, 2011

Here is some good news for all of those who are afraid that China’s ravenous appetite for cars will drive the cost of gasoline to obscene levels. The Chinese government is seriously attacking the infrastructure conundrum that plagues EVs: By 2020, China wants to have at least 10 million car parking spots for electric vehicles.

“The government is working on a plan — and I think it will be announced very, very soon — and is basically calling for having, in 10 years, electric car parks of 10 million units or above,” Wang Dazong, president of Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC), told  Reuters. As BAIC is owned by Beijing, Wang should know what he is talking about. BAIC expects its own ratio of electric cars to be around 5 percent by 2020.

An unnamed industry executive told Reuters that China will focus on pure electric vehicles, and move away from gasoline-electric hybrids or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Chinese can get incentives of up to $18,000 if they buy an EV in certain cities, but, as BYD can attest, the take-up has been anemic.

Once EVs take off en masse in China, where will all the power come from? China’s abundant coal provides about 70 percent of the country’s electricity. And it doesn’t make the air cleaner by doing that. China has started a big drive into hydropower and, to a lesser extent, wind, gas and nuclear. At the end of the day, it will most likely be the latter that powers all those cars.

Now back to the fears of expensive gasoline: By 2020, Chinese car sales are expected to be 40 million a year, nearly 60 percent of today’s global car production. If  5 percent of those get powered from the grid, there still will be 38 million a year that consume gasoline. If there will be any left.

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6 Comments on “China Wants More Than 10 Million EV Parking Spots By 2020...”


  • avatar
    YellowDuck

    Since they are so flush with cash these days, why doesn’t the Chinese government take the lead on development and implementation of clean coal technologies (e.g., integrated gasification combined cycle, maybe even with CO2 capture technology)?

    Solve the petroleum dependency problem, the bad-guy world-leading GHG emitter problem, the urban air quality problem, and outdo the US and the rest of the west in a technological achievement that actually matters, all in one (not so easy) step.

    Just sayin….

    • 0 avatar
      canadianbacon

      I think they already do.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/world/asia/11coal.html
      They also happen to be the largest builder of wind, hydro, and nuclear projects at the moment.

    • 0 avatar
      vento97

      Since they are so flush with cash these days, why doesn’t the Chinese government take the lead on development and implementation of clean coal technologies (e.g., integrated gasification combined cycle, maybe even with CO2 capture technology)?

      Due to the lack of political will from our gutless politicians, I suspect the Chinese will be decades ahead of us by the time said bought and paid for politicians decide to pull their collective heads out of their posterior orifices and take some semblance of action on this issue.

      Just sayin…

      “Democrats and Republicans – first-world prosperity for themselves, third-world prosperity for the rest of us…”
       

  • avatar
    cmoibenlepro

    Coal, whether “clean” coal or not, is not cleaner than gasoline.

  • avatar
    cheezeweggie

    While America argues, the Chinese grow stronger.  I guess having only one political party has it’s benefits.


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