The development of China’s electric vehicles has not met up to the government’s goal, with slow car sales due to limits in the car technology and supporting infrastructure.
Citing figures compiled by China’s State Information Center, a report by China Daily highlighted that the government had designated 25 cities to promote energy-saving and new energy vehicles since 2009. It had expected the number of such vehicles on roads in these cities to reach 52,621 by the end of 2012.
However, the number of green vehicles on roads reached 11,949. And sales of vehicles expected for the year would not provide the boost the industry needed to reach government targets.
According to statistics from China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China’s major automakers sold 6,019 new energy vehicles in the first eight months of 2012 including 2,661 electric cars and 3,358 hybrid cars. It is estimated that annual sales of these cars will reach around 9,000 units.
Currently, the biggest client of such vehicles is the government as it purchases them for public transport and city cleanup services.
The general public, on the other hand, are reluctant to pay for these cars given the technical immaturity, unsatisfying infrastructure and poor economic efficiency, the report noted.