Date
20 August 2017
China's tough new fuel consumption limits apply to all passenger vehicles from 2015. Offenders will be punished and publicly humiliated. Photo: Bloomberg
China's tough new fuel consumption limits apply to all passenger vehicles from 2015. Offenders will be punished and publicly humiliated. Photo: Bloomberg

China to name and shame gas guzzlers

China will punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel consumption targets by curbing their production and publicly naming them, Reuters reported Friday.

The policy covers fuel consumption for all passenger vehicles from next year.

It’s part of Beijing’s increased efforts to fight pollution and promote more efficient use of energy, the report said.

The new requirements are likely to push automakers to use more cutting-edge technology such as gasoline-electric hybrids and all-electric cars.

China’s fuel economy rules involve a fleet-wide corporate average target of 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers in 2015 and 5.0 liters in 2020.

These take effect on Nov. 1 and are as stringent as those to be enforced in the United States, Europe and Japan.

On Thursday, China said it would publicly name carmakers who fail to meet the standards and ban the production of new models that do not meet fuel economy targets, to be determined by a special weight-based formula.

The government will also reject expansion plans by offenders, who be required to submit improvement plans.

Last year, 85 car manufactures in China measured their corporate-average fuel consumption, and about 30 percent of them, mostly domestic brands, failed to meet their annual target for 2013, according to official data.

No punishments were imposed at the time but China’s desire to tighten up is behind the punitive measures backing the 2015 and 2020 targets.

The rules also apply to importers of foreign passenger vehicles.

Last year, 13 importers of foreign brands, including General Motors Co, Nissan Motor Co, Porsche, Hyundai, failed to meet their annual target, the report said.

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