The Beijing municipal government came under fire over the non-inclusion of hybrid cars in its subsidy program for new-energy vehicles, the 21st Century Business Herald reported Wednesday, citing industry players. The narrow coverage of the scheme betrays the city government’s intention to protect local carmakers such as Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. Ltd. (BAIC Group), which has no plans to produce hybrid cars in the near future, Dong Yang, secretary-general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, was quoted as saying. Industry experts also said hybrid cars have more mature technology than pure electric cars and can help lower car emissions in the short term, according to the newspaper. However, Chen Guiru, deputy director of the Beijing New Energy Automobile Development Center, said the city government’s policy is consistent with that of the central government and pure electric cars are seen as more effective in terms of environmental protection, the report said.
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