Date
22 August 2017
Dongfeng Motor Corp. shows off its E30L electric car in Wuhan. Nearly a third of government cars bought over the next couple of years have to be alternative-energy vehicles. Photo: Bloomberg
Dongfeng Motor Corp. shows off its E30L electric car in Wuhan. Nearly a third of government cars bought over the next couple of years have to be alternative-energy vehicles. Photo: Bloomberg

China fires up green government car drive

In another jolt for eco-friendlier cars, Beijing has ordered that by 2016 at least 30 percent of vehicles bought by central government agencies have to be alternative-energy vehicles, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.

The drive was announced Sunday, a few days after the State Council decided to waive some taxes on three types of alternative-fuel cars.

The announcement from the National Government Offices Administration, the Ministry of Finance, the National Development and Reform Commission and two other agencies said all-electric cars will be standard, with plug-in hybrids allowed in high-altitude and cold areas.

The focus on plug-in hybrids suggests that non-plug-in vehicles will be classed as energy-saving vehicles and excluded from subsidies for alternative-fuel cars, likely putting Toyota Motor Corp., the leader in the non-plug-in market, at a disadvantage, the report said.

The initiative caps spending on each car at 180,000 yuan (US$29,000) after subsidies. Domestically produced pure-electric cars cost between 150,000 yuan and 300,000 yuan.

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