On December 10, Tsinghua professor and the State 863 Program expert Ouyang Minggao answered questions from reporters at a CAAM press conference, according to a Tencent Auto report.
He talked about recent anti-HEV sentiments in the industry. Ouyang is also a chairman on the executive council for the EV 100 group.
Ouyang first addressed the recent assertion by industry insiders that HEV drivers only use petrol, rather than taking advantage of their vehicles’ electric capabilities. He refuted these claims, saying “The EV 100 group’s investigation has concluded that 90 percent of all drivers with private charging units regularly charge their NEVs, and mainly stick to full-electric mode in daily use. This means that whether a driver uses the electric engine is simply a matter of convenience, and so the government should focus on building more charging stations.”
Ouyang acknowledged that it is a rather lofty goal to expect consumers to choose range-limited and pricey EVs over traditional vehicles, but that promoting HEVs like the Qin could be the answer. He believes it would be effective in increasing NEV demand, and then the market itself would force the construction of a better charging network. “Whether the network comes first, or the vehicles is really a chicken-and-egg type question. Either way, when it comes to the market, what comes first is demand,” said Ouyang.
Ouyang was particularly enthusiastic about BYD’s Qin hybrid, saying “The Qin is hands-down the most purchasable NEV on the market in China. It is already fifth in global NEV sales. It outperforms all domestic competitors, in both output and maximum range in full-electric mode. Of course no product is perfect, the Qin’s NVH control needs to be improved, but problems like that will be fixed in future R&D.”