New-energy vehicles will make up more than half the purchases of vehicles by some Chinese government departments, the State Council said Wednesday, the latest move to boost green development as the country battles to curb pollution.
The government has been pushing electric vehicles as a way of reducing the smog that frequently blankets Chinese cities, helping sales to quadruple last year, Reuters reported.
“The annual purchase ratio of new-energy vehicles for central government bureaus, city government departments with new-energy vehicle promotions, and public institutions will be raised above 50 percent,” the cabinet said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.
But the statement, posted on the government’s website, gave no details of when the policy would take effect.
Carmakers’ latest projections for rapid growth of China’s “green” car market have added to concerns of worsening smog as the uptake of electric vehicles powered by coal-fired grids races ahead of a switch to cleaner energy.
China plans to convert the grid to renewable fuel or clean-coal technology as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2020.
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