Green Vehicles Getting Little Traction In China

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
green vehicles getting little traction in china

Despite strong pushes from the government and auto makers, hybrid and plug-in cars aren’t gaining much ground in China. A report by La Tribune pegs registrations for these vehicles at a mere 0.17 percent of all registrations in Q1 2013.

Of the 4.42 million vehicles registered in that period, there were just 4,033 hybrids, 2,874 pure EVs and 301 plug-in hybrids among the ranks. By comparison, 1.8 percent of registrations in France for that same period were made up of the aforementioned vehicles (though a precise breakdown was not available). Buyers in China can receive rebates of $9655 USD for a pure EV, $8068 for a plug-in hybrid and $481 for a regular hybrid. Evidently, it’s not enough to sway consumer tastes towards green cars.

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  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Apr 18, 2013

    You can cut through the Chinese atmosphere with a butter knife. They don't care about the environment. And that will be their downfall.

    • Summicron Summicron on Apr 18, 2013

      But is the pollution extensive enough to gas the bigshots too, or can they just escape to whatever Chinese call dachas?

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 18, 2013

    In the case of plug-ins, maybe they don't have garages to charge them in. I'm sure there aren't too many apartment dwellers in the US buying EVs, either. And the $481 incentive to buy a hybrid is almost nothing.